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5 Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs With Second Hand Furniture


Do your homework before you bring used furniture inside your home.
Do your homework before you bring used furniture inside your home.
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Remember the good old days when you could visit a few neighborhood garage sales on Saturday morning and score a treasure or two without damaging your budget? Today, the bargains are still out there, but who knows what you might bring home hidden inside that gently used bedside table. From movie theaters to upscale hotels, bed bugs are everywhere. If you believe the news reports -- and you probably should -- we're living through a bedbug invasion.

Today's super bed bugs are blood suckers extraordinaire, too. They're resistant to many of the eradication methods exterminators rely on, which means their numbers are continuing to grow. So, what's a garage sale shopper to do? Give up bargain hunting completely? Unthinkable!

Let's look at five things you can do to leave bed bugs in the dust but still score safe furniture bargains.


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