Upholstered furniture is the most challenging because it’s especially easy for bedbugs to hide in the upholstery. Despite what some pest control professionals will tell you, steam cleaning is usually not effective, because it’s difficult to get the steam to penetrate deep and thoroughly enough through the upholstery.
We recommend that you use a pesticide called DDVP (also known as DICHLORVOS) found in Hot Shot No-Pest Strips or Nuvan ProStrips combined with encasing the furniture in a large plastic furniture bag.
We understand that some people are hesitant about using pesticides and we explore this issue in a lot more detail in Step 7. Unfortunately, there are just not many other options for upholstered furniture besides disposal or long term storage. As always we recommend heat treatment as the easiest and safest solution. When using any pesticides exercise extreme caution and follow all safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer of the pesticides. Consult with a health care professional for any specific concerns. Be aware that pesticides are dangerous chemicals and misuse can have serious health consequences.
We feel Hot Shot No-Pest Strips (MSDS sheet) or Nuvan ProStrips (MSDS sheet) are the best option because their active ingredient, DDVP, is one of the few pesticides we know to be effective against bed bugs. DDVP has been used since the 1960’s for pest control in enclosed storage areas.