Here’s a story from FOX23 which serves as a reminder to be extra careful when purchasing furniture. Always be diligent and inspect all items carefully. Aimee Johnson invited FOX23 cameras into her garage, but never encouraged anyone to sit down.
Her newest furniture is off limits.
“We’re going to have to get rid of it,” said Johnson.
Her secondhand couch and matching chair were moved out of the house after Johnson said her son’s doctor explained a series of rashes on her son’s arms and legs.
“I thought he was getting chicken pox,” said Johnson.
Instead, she said she gave Fantasy Furniture $250 for the furniture and a nest of bed bugs.
“As a business man, I can’t take the furniture back,” said Fantasy Furniture owner Walter Lock.
Lock said once you take whatever you’ve bought out of the store- it’s yours- no returns.
“I can tell you it’s impossible to have bed bugs in this store,” said Lock.
Lock said regular deep steam cleanings prevent the possibility of bed bugs. After inviting FOX23 inside his store, our crew was shown a set of tags attached to each piece of furniture- indicating everything had been properly sanitized.
Johnson said she has made multiple attempts to work with Fantasy Furniture to exchange the furniture. However, she said she said whoever answered her calls was not helpful.
“After I gave her my address she said there’s no way in hell they’ll come to Bristow to pick it up,” said Johnson.
Johnson said she posted a warning about the store on Craigslist. Johnson said Lock threatened to sue her for damaging the store’s reputation.
Lock told FOX23 that he didn’t want the negative attention, so he’ll consider giving Johnson a refund
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Dealing with bedbugs is not only a real nuisance, but something that most people do not even like to discuss. As of late, there have been many reports about the recent comeback of these pests reappearing. These tiny creatures can travel with people making it very easy for them to spread quickly from one place to another. The following are some tips you can use to prevent bedbugs or get rid of them if you already have them.
Step one to eradicating bedbugs is to contain the infestation. If the nasty critters are in one room, then contain them to just that room. In this way it’s similar to a contagious illness like flu, though bedbugs seldom cause medical problems beyond itching from the bites. Whatever you do, try not to pass on the bedbugs to friends or extended family members. For example, if you have a serious infestation of bedbugs, don’t ask a friend or relative if you can stay at their place for a few weeks -you’ll only spread the problem to their house. It should also be noted that you should not donate or give away furniture which have been exposed to bedbugs.
Certain natural substances can actually repel bedbugs. Lavender, typically used as an aromatherapy oil, is one such repellent. Using lavender is a good choice because it keeps the bedbugs away and most people like the smell. It is ideal to use while you are ironing or rinsing your clothes. The easiest way is to put a little lavender oil into a spray bottle with water. You can use a lavender-based body lotion on your skin as it is not a good idea to apply concentrated essential oil directly on your body.
Although doing all of this will not kill the bedbugs, nor prevent a serious infestation, it will help to keep them away as you prepare to eliminate them.
These creatures are called bedbugs and therefore it gives people the impression that these creatures may only be found in a bed. It is true that these insects can live in almost every part of your home. These bugs are actually looking for you, not your furniture or a crevice to live in.
These bugs can live in the bird nests, cracks, and even your carpet. You must literally inspect every possible hiding spot to locate these crafty creatures. Bedbugs are capable of living virtually anywhere, including any woodwork in your home and the furniture that you have. Searching for these creatures may be endless as you can find them literally any place in your household. Having bedbugs is certainly a major nuisance, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. These little critters can enter a household in any number of ways, from a furniture delivery to a house guest who brought them in his or her backpack or suitcase. If you believe you have a bedbug infestation, it’s important to do something right away to get rid of the pests. You may want to consider calling in the pros, companies which specialize in getting rid of bedbugs. Pesky bedbugs don’t have to ruin your life or take over your home. With effective treatment you will get rid of them and get your house back!
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New York City to bedbugs: “We’re biting back.”
The City Council and Bloomberg administration officials will announce stepped-up rules today targeting landlords who neglect bedbug problems in their buildings.
Under the new rules — which take effect immediately — building owners must inspect and treat apartments next to, above and below any unit that has bedbugs. They also must notify all tenants when bedbugs have been detected and distribute a plan on eradicating them.
Property owners who repeatedly fail to take care of bedbug infestations will be required to get a licensed exterminator to fill out a sworn affidavit indicating the problem has been handled.
“We’re sending the message that we’re taking this seriously,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. “People are very nervous about bedbugs.”
The Department of Health will be empowered to send landlords who ignore bedbugs to the city’s Environmental Control Board, which can issue fines. Presently, only the Department of Housing Preservation and Development can issue violations to landlords for bedbugs.
In a last-resort move, the city would sell liens on properties whose owners ignore those fines.
City officials will also unveil a Web site — www.nyc.gov/html/doh/bedbugs — to arm residents with information on eradicating the pests.
The Web site will provide pictures and detailed descriptions of the critters and tips on how to prevent them from entering homes, such as keeping suitcases off floors and beds while traveling, sealing cracks in your home with caulk and washing clothes and bedding on hot settings if you suspect the presence of bedbugs.
The site also advises against bringing home any used furniture off the street.
Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan), who worked on the Web site and new regulations, said many New Yorkers are in a constant state of fear over picking up the critters.
“The numbers of complaints, in rental buildings in particular, are continuing,” she said.
Here are the facts about Bed Bugs:
Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch
They have 6 legs, shiny reddish-brown but after a good serving of your blood, they appear dark brown and swollen as in the picture below.
They can be seen with the human eye, but do a great job at hiding
Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases as of yet
They feed on human blood preferring to do it in the dark when you’re sleeping
Simply using chemical treatments will not remove the infestation
These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress including:
Cracks in the bad frame and or head board
Under chairs, couched, beds and dust covers
Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings
Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster
Televisions, radio clocks and phones
Backpacks, Sleeping bags, Cloths
Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas
Quick tips to help remove bed bugs
The best way to deal with bed bugs is by sealing your mattress and pillows with a plastic or hypoallergenic zipped cover. This traps the bugs that are inside your pillow and prevents them from feeding and kills them over time – remember, a nymph can live for two months without feeding, an adult can survive more than 12 months!
Do not apply any pesticide to mattresses or surfaces that would come in contact with the skin unless the pesticide specifically states that the product can be used in this manner.
Wash all your linens and place them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes (or you can freeze them at -5 C or below for five days).
You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, but because the eggs are embedded to the fabric, you may have to scrape the surface. Once you have vacuumed everything, immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bad, seal it tight and dispose (outside).
Seal items mentioned above to prevent the bugs from hiding. You can place glue boards or sticky tape around your bed and in the room to catch the bed bugs as the move around; this gives you a way to monitor the effectiveness of your efforts.
A few ways to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home include:
* Hang clothing in the closet farthest from the bed
* Place luggage on the folding rack found in most hotels
* Place luggage in the dry cleaning bad found in the hotel.
* Most important, don’t bring home a mattress that has been used by unknown sources.