How To Get Rid Of Pests Inside A Used Furniture

The minimalist style is a trend in both the fashion and interior design industries. However, minimalist design is more than a trend. It actually is a lifestyle. This modern design entails the need for a clutter-free space, making it look clean and polished, but a clutter-free space can also make the pests living inside your furniture apparent.

Check for Pests

If you are considering a renovation or a room makeover, it is best to first check your furniture, not only to know whether these will still be suitable for the theme you have in mind but also to detect the presence of pests. In the same manner, if you are planning to buy used furniture from a garage sale, inspect first if pests are living inside. While it is true that furniture from thrift shops or garage sales are oftentimes a good find, it can be daunting to find pests living in them too.

If you can lift the furniture, place it on top of a large white sheet. Give it a gentle shake to see if any bugs or insects will fall on the white sheet. Also, look for cracks or creases and run a thin card in these spaces. Observe if there are bugs that will fall on the white sheet. Use a flashlight and a magnifying glass to inspect other hidden or dark areas too.


Few ants are typically harmless, but it is a different story when hundreds and thousands of ants already made your furniture their home. Wear gloves and bring your furniture outside. Give it a gentle shake until you see most of the ants fall down. You can either use a bug spray that is available in most supermarkets to treat the furniture, or you can make your own homemade solution. White vinegar, combined with eucalyptus or peppermint oil deter ants. You can varnish your furniture with this solution and let it dry before bringing it back in. Cornmeal also deters ants and it is a good practice to spread cornmeal around your furniture as long as you still see ant trails.

Bed Bugs

If you always wake up with a red and itchy spot on your skin, there is a great possibility that bed bugs are taking over your bed. Since these bugs are so small, it is important to know how they look like and where they prefer to hide. But of course, the first line of defense is to wash the sheets and vacuum the mattress. You can use warm water in washing the sheets, and dry in high heat. You can also spread baking soda on top of the mattress before vacuuming it. Nonetheless, this will not totally eliminate the bed bugs. Hence, it is best to use a chemical treatment like a residual spray. You can also install a bed bug interceptor in the legs of your furniture. This is typically a plastic cup that makes it hard for the bugs to crawl up the legs of the furniture because of the slick coating. A bug interceptor is a good trap for bed bugs.


It is often frightening to find spiders anywhere in your home, especially if you have kids around because you never know whether the species you are dealing with is basically harmless or poisonous. More so, to find spiders living in your furniture such as unused drawers can be unnerving. The first thing to do of course is to bring your furniture outside and let it sit under the sun. Spiders love to live in dark and damp places so bringing your furniture out in the sun is a good first step. You can use a bug spray to make sure that there are no spider eggs left before you wipe out the webs. It is also a good practice to place sliced onions in a jar of water on your doorsteps and window seals because this concoction keeps spiders away.


The most important point to consider in dealing with termites is to eradicate its nest. As such, it is important to take note of which part of your furniture the termite nest is. Hence, if you find that termites have been living in your furniture, spread a newspaper on your basement or garage floor. Place the furniture on top of the newspaper. Close the windows and doors and wear a face mask. Proceed on spraying the furniture with a bug spray or bug bomb. These are readily available in supermarkets. After this, you need to seal any open entry points such as gaps and cracks. However, if the infestation spans beyond the furniture, you may probably need to call an exterminator.

Best Practices

It is definitely a good practice to change or wash furniture covers regularly. Twice a month is a good practice for bed sheets while a monthly cover or rag change is perfect for couches. It is recommended to dry furniture covers in high heat and make sure to vacuum the furniture along seams and other hidden areas. This will ensure that your furniture is clean and sanitized.

There are instances wherein buying a new furniture is better than trying to salvage furniture that has been infested by pests. The sleek design of modern furniture available in will make it hard for bugs to invade. Modern furniture seldom has bulky and dark areas where pests love to linger. Apart from a new look for your interiors, buying new furniture may prove to be more cost-effective than treating a piece of bug-infested furniture.

In conclusion, it is an understatement to say that cleanliness is important. Pests will not live in any of the furniture in your home with constant sanitation. So before they do, make regular upkeep a habit and practice the art of minimalism in your interiors. With a clutter-free space, you will easily be able to detect the presence of pests in your furniture. It follows that early detection will allow you to employ the proper treatment before a pest problem goes out of hand.

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