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Avoid Bed Bugs When Consignment Shopping

Do you just love feel of a comfy old couch or the appeal of the rustic style that only antique furniture can behold? Then you are probably a little like me, and a bit of a consignment and antique junkie.  

Unfortunately, some furniture doesn’t always get properly inspected before making its way to the showroom floor. Therefore, I would like to offer a few tips to shoppers so they avoid bringing home an extra guest with their thrifty purchases.

Inspecting a piece of furniture thoroughly is the first step every consumer should take. Check for bumps and other kinds of abnormal wear and tear –these might be indicators that pests are roaming about in the furniture. Of course, you don’t know what the conditions were like where the furniture was stored prior to your ownership so it is necessary to take some precautions. For example, keep the piece separate it until it is fully steam cleaned.

Another way to avoid bringing in bed bugs is be choosy about what used furniture you buy. Used mattresses are no-no. People’s skin cells, sweat and bodily fluids seep into their mattress. So those facts plus the bed bugs, and that should gross you out from wanting to buy a used mattress.  

Since bed bugs live off blood they tend to leave these stains behind, these stains are a clear warning sign to stay away even the cutest of cute adorable throw pillows.  

The news is not all bad for the thrift-store shopper. As long as you keep in these tips in mind and keep certain tools on hand, you don’t have to sacrifice those great furniture finds.

EcoRaider bed bug spray is a treatment, maintenance, and a preventive measure and could be used right after you buy a pre-used item. Before you introduce your new sofa or lounge chair into your living room, apply a mist throughout the upholstered piece to secure that no bugs stray far away.   

Let’s not forget pests hide in less obvious places, even that antique mahogany chest or a second-hand dining room  table which will spruce up your hipster shack nicely are hiding places. Be mindful, before you stain and polish, heed this advice, mist with EcoRaider to keep your valuable treasure in tact and your home and consignment finds, bug free.

Need help to get your kids back to school?

Things to do:

  • Summer reading list for the kids, Check!
  • Packed away summer clothes Check!
  • Bribed the kids to get them away from the swimming pool long enough to have them try on fall wardrobe, Check!
  • Cashed-in on back-to-school supply sales, Check!
  • Made arrangements for all parent teacher conferences and penciled in the back to school night on the calendar, Check!
  • Ahead of the game; preparation for the school year in tact!

One evening, as you are tucking the kiddies in bed, your youngest is complaining about redness on their skin, while the other child is scratching away. The first thought that goes through your head, oh no, poison ivy! Oh, how you implored the kids to stay away from brush in the backyard.

On closer examination, you rule out the heinous rash in exchange for something just as sinister, bed bug bites. The red welts and swelling on one child’s leg and the flat, reddish blisters found along your other child’s arm points to bed bugs being the culprit.You ask the children if they have noticed any bugs crawling around their bedroom at night. They give affirmative answer and you plunge full-on into a thorough investigation. The kids had visited several friends during their summer recess and were invited to a sleepover or two.

Of course, you don’t want to rule out any possibilities; the family did stay 1-night at that road-side motel where cleanliness was not ideal. Maybe a stowaway snuck into the luggage and made themselves at home. Maybe, as the host of several weekend barbecue shindigs, perhaps a party guest brought them over to your home as an unintended gift.

Regardless, of where the bed bugs came from, if you don’t act quickly you could have a major problem on your hands, legs, arms, and other body parts. Anxiety has returned – you cannot send the children back to school when they will likely get nibbled on as they slumber.

Good thing you know all about Eco Raider products. Their all natural and non-toxic bug killers are very easy to use. The Eco Raider bed bug spray can extinguish bed bugs on contact and has an extended residual that is sure to combat all those insects lurking in the dark.The spray is child and pet friendly, which is such a relief. And eco raider’s extended protection will bring you peace of mind to focus on enjoying your remaining days of summer together with the family.

Once you applied eco raider, signs of the bugs disappear, the children’s bites start healing, and you adjust back to normalcy. However, other challenges await you, like disciplining the family back into school-year mode. Conducting the eco raider cleaning process will seem like a walk in the park compared to getting the kids back to bed-time schedules and waking them up early again to catch the school bus, along with enforcing home work and study time. Finish off one check list just to begin the next.


EcoRaider is now a USDA Certified Biobased Product

Consumers now have another reason to use EcoRaider – the safest and most effective green bed bug control solution – as the USDA has announced that it has certified the product as Biobased as part of its BioPreferred Program!

Being a Biobased product means that EcoRaider has achieved third-party verification as containing renewable plant, marine, or forestry-based resources.

“This is indeed a proud stepping stone in the continuing growth of our product, to be certified by the USDA,” said Todd Zon, Reneotech Vice President. “There are very few products that are certified by the USDA and none with the performance of EcoRaider as a green bed bug and insect control solution. Families can lean on EcoRaider and know that the USDA name is now behind it, certifying it has been made with natural and organic ingredients.”

EcoRaider is a plant-based bio-insecticide that formulated with botanical extracts as active ingredients. It does not contain any chemical pesticide and all of the ingredients are generally recognized as safe and bio-degradable.

The BioPreferred program is a USDA-led initiative designed to assist in the development and expansion of markets for bio-based products. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, BioPreferred is transforming the marketplace for biobased goods through mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and contractors, as well as voluntary product certification and labeling.

The new Biobased seal will start to appear on product package in summer 2017. For more information, visit or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.