Upholstered furnishings are one of the toughest to tackle due to the fact that it’s really simple for insects to conceal themselves within the furniture. Even though the advice some bug control specialists will pass onto you about steam cleaning it is normally ineffective, since it’s tough to get the vapor to pass deep enough into the fabric and or padding.

Whilst on a summer break I got chatting with a guy from Axatax pest control that suggested that you should utilize a chemical called DDVP (likewise called DICHLORVOS) contained in these pest strips and using a very large plastic bag designed for furniture covering to seal up the item and let the chemical do its work.

We understand that some individuals may be reluctant to use chemicals, but unfortunately there are simply not many other choices available that are effective for upholstered furnishings – besides buying new furniture altogether or placing it in a sealed area and having them professionally fumigated. We always suggest hot treatment as the most convenient as well as most safe remedy. When making use of any type of chemicals take care and adhere to all of the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions. Speak with a healthcare specialist for any kind of health concerns you might have with handling or using these chemicals if you are sensitive to harsh chemicals. Understand that all chemicals could have major health and wellness effects if used improperly and without care.

We really feel that these “no pest sheets” are the very best choice since their most useful component, DDVP, is just one of minority chemicals we understand to be reliable versus bed pests. DDVP has actually been made use of since the sixties for bug control in encased storage space locations.

Dichlorvos Warning Label

Steps to treat your upholstered furniture:

Detachable sections

If the furniture has detachable sections, these can be placed in a heat treatment unit or in a tumble on a high setting.

Seal the furniture up

Enclose whole furniture piece in a huge plastic furnishings bag.

Pest control sheets

Place one “no pest sheet” in each bag, very carefully complying with all safety and security standards on the item packaging. Whenever managing these strips please make use of proper handwear to make sure it does not get onto your skin.

Confining the furniture

Ensure the bag is firmly secured.

Time Duration

Leave secured for a 8 days or more. For even more in-depth directions speak with the directions given with the parasite strips.


Furniture that is not upholstered

Furniture that is not upholstered is not as tough as upholstered furnishings since you do not need to be concerned with mites concealing themselves in any material. Nevertheless, bed insects could still be concealed in the edges, fractures as well as holes. The heat treatment method we spoke about earlier could quickly as well as properly eliminate pests in these difficult to get to locations. If you’re dealing with the furnishings without the use of a heated tool your key tool will most likely be be a powerful vacuum cleaner to eliminate any kind of bed insects that could be prowling in the crevices.


Follow these few steps

Vacuum clean

Use the vacuum extensively

Make sure to vacuum all splits as well as gaps and also the bottoms of any type of cabinets, in addition to other locations that they could be hiding. If it’s feasible to take apart any of the furnishings (for instance getting rid of the cabinets, loosening any kind of chair legs) then do so and vacuum all revealed locations that you exposed.

Use a Diatomaceous product

If you can source it then buy a diatomaceous product which is primarily silica from fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton and place it in fractures and any holes that you can see. For instance, if there are joints in the furnishings that have voids and also you could use some diatomaceous product in those spaces

Think about placing diatomaceous product in the lower parts of the cabinets. This is to help stop any bugs that might run away into other areas while you are cleaning the first parts.

Fill any gaps with a filler

If you could fill any kind of fractures and holes after the procedure and not ruin the aesthetics of the furniture then do so. This will ensure you stop any type of pests from locating harborages in those areas.

One of the most essential points to keep in mind is that one should utilize a vacuum cleaner with a bag and not a cylinder type vacuum that would empty into the bin because at this point they could jump out onto your clothes, get back inside and breed again.


Here are a few related videos on pest control, DDVP (Dichlorvos)

How to use pest control strips containing Dichlorvos

How to find bed bugs

Using baking soda to kill bed bugs


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