Thrift Stores: Bed Bugs are Real, and Back with a Vengeance

Protect Your Business – Protect your Workers – Protect Your Customers

Train your workers:

  • Schedule a presentation to train all staff on how to identify the telltale signs of
    bed bugs.
  • Visit to download pictures and additional

Visual inspections

  • Carefully inspect the item(s) that are to be sold/donated.
  • Pay particular attention to:
    Bed Frames/Mattresses
    Coffee/End Tables
    Stuffed Animals
    Wall Hangings
    Upholstered Furniture
  • Check corners and crevices for signs of bed bug activity, which includes:
    Bed bugs (reddish-brown), eggs (white), cast skins (yellow) and fecal dots (black).
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  • Contract scheduled services with a professional pest control company.
  • Have your building, vehicles, and items in storage closely inspected and treated if
  • Completely destroy anything infested that you throw away, to avoid someone retrieving it for
  • Ask your donors if they have bed bugs in their home: Have they seen bed bugs in the house? On furniture? Do not accept items if they answer yes.


DO NOT: Take upholstered furniture if the cloth is ripped or torn: Exterminators often remove the dust cover on the bottom of sofas and chairs to treat them. Rips and tears in the upholstery allow the bed bugs to burrow into the stuffing.

DO NOT: Ignore the problem: it will only get worse. Without taking precautions, your business, your employees and your customers are at risk.

DO NOT: Try to treat your facility yourself! There is nothing that you can buy that is safe for you to use, and it is illegal to self-treat your facility.


Step by Step

Ask donor several questions about the items they are donating
Train workers
Visual inspections
Contract scheduled services with a professional pest control company
Offer a Health Risk Free warranty


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