Critters 101

Living Nightmare: Does My Couch Have Bed Bugs?

Furniture stores love it when they hear the words "bed bugs" - it usually means a new couch sale. But not all hope is lost. Here's how to tell if you have them.

Can sleeping on the couch cause bed bugs?

Not exactly. Bed bugs aren't born from your midnight couch snoozefests. These crafty critters stow away in luggage, clothing, or second-hand furniture. But beware! If your home is already hosting a bed bug rave, they'll gladly crash your couch too. Here's our post on how to prevent an infestation!

How can you tell if a couch has bed bugs?

Watch for their calling cards: tiny, dark graffiti (their droppings), blood splatters from their late-night vampire act, the funk of a musty odor, or the bugs themselves. Oh, and they're terrible at cleaning up after their shed-a-thons - molted skin on top of your slipcovered sofa is a dead giveaway!

How long does it take to notice bed bugs?

It could take a few weeks to notice these party crashers if they're playing it cool. But as they start to take over the joint, the signs will be as clear as a disco ball in a dark room.

Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye?

bed bug man sitting on the bed he has infested

Sure thing! The adult bed bugs aren't shy. They're about the size of an apple seed, flat, and sporting a fetching shade of reddish-brown. They should be easy to spot on your modular sofas and sleeper sectionals.

How long can bed bugs live on couches?

Those suckers can stick around for months or even a year without chowing down. They're the unwanted guests who won't leave, even when you stop serving snacks.

What bugs live on couches?

Aside from bed bugs, you might find dust mites, fleas, the occasional cockroach or spider kicking back on your cushions. It's like a veritable 'Pests of the World' convention. Make sure to clean your couch regularly and follow our comprehensive guide to sofa sprucing!

What are the tiny bugs in my couch if not bed bugs? What is biting me in my couch?

If the bugs in your couch aren't bed bugs, you might be running a flea hotel or a mite party. Both of these little punks leave itchy, red autographs. If you think you're hosting a pest party, best call in the professionals. Trust us, you don't want to deal with these party animals on your own!

Think you have bed bugs? Here's a link to our post on how to get rid of bed bugs which tells you all about bed bug treatment and what kills bed bugs instantly.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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