No matter where you live or how you live, household bugs are going to be a part of your life. One of the biggest problems is the fact that insects can be almost anywhere. Who hasn’t moved a cardboard box from the attic only to see something scurry away? Or been doing dishes in the kitchen as something fluttered past your head?
Some insects will even get into your furniture. Couches, chairs, beds … nothing is safe. Even the mere thought of tiny insects crawling in your couch while you’re watching television with your family is enough to make your skin crawl.
Today, we’re going to take a look at a few different household bugs that might be lurking in your furniture.
Let’s start with the biggie. Out of all the household bugs that might take refuge in your furniture, bed bugs are, by far, the worst ones. These little parasites need blood in order to grow, and you’re their target. Although they are visible to the naked eye, bed bugs are quite small and have the ability to squeeze into very tight areas. Your furniture is the perfect spot for these insects to hide, and you may not even know they’re inside until you have a full-blown infestation. If you wake up with red spots on your skin, it’s a good idea to test for bed bugs. A bed bug infestation is something that no homeowner ever wants to deal with.
Many people don’t give fleas too much thought. They see them as a threat to dogs, not to humans. The truth, however, is that although fleas are more commonly found on our canine companions, they can get onto humans almost as easily. They do so usually by jumping. Fleas are amazing jumpers, in addition to being very small, which makes them hard to spot sometimes. If you have dogs, the likelihood of fleas getting into your furniture can be pretty high if you haven’t taken the proper precautions to protect your four-footed friend. But even if you don’t have any dogs in your home, the threat of fleas hiding in your furniture is still possible.
There’s a good chance that you’ve seen a carpet beetle without knowing what it actually was. In some ways, they are a rather nondescript creature, especially compared to other common household bugs. Carpet beetles are rather small, although they are typically the biggest of the three insects we’ve discussed here. They are often black in color, which can make them hard to see at night, but there are different varieties of carpet beetles, so the ones in your home may be a mottled white and brown color, as well.
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