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Bed bugs on bed slats

Posted Fri April 17, 2009 1:13 pm, by Katie B. written to Ikea

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We bought a bed frame and mattress from Ikea for an exchange student who would be living with us. After a few months, he started to complain about what seemed to be bug bites. We couldn't imagine where it could be coming from. No one else in the house was experiencing it. Finally, we saw a bed bug. We paid $1000 to buy mattress and pillow encasements for all the beds in the house, since bed bugs like to live there (and the encasements keep them from getting out or back in).

We also used a steamer and put other things in a hot dryer (high temperature kills bed bugs). But the problem recurred. So, we took the bed apart. There, we found clear evidence of bed bugs and their eggs in the slats of the bed. This whole process obviously took some time to figure out. So, by the time we did, and I called Ikea, they refused to do anything about it, since it was more than 90 days past the purchase.

I would like a set of replacement slats that don't have bedbugs in them.


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by Eel Posted Fri September 18, 2015 @ 4:29 AM

I have also purchased two twin size beds from IKEA, on August 17,
2015. It has been now a month since my purchase and I have been
getting bites on both my legs and arms. I decided to strip down my bed
down to the wooden frames, I then found bed bugs in the slats of the
wooden frame. There are many holes in the wood that these bed bugs are
migrating. I will be calling IKEA about this problem and hope they
will not only pay for replacement of my beds but also the covers and
the fumigation of my house to kill these bugs and time I have to take
to wash all my clothes, and everything else in this house we have to
wipe up.

by izzy j. Posted Fri June 14, 2013 @ 7:31 AM

i too have bedbugs from the sultan ikea bedframe and mattress- i
bought i couple years back and noticed after a few months a had bites
on my legs- I thought it was ant bites as i live in the desert and we
have major ant issues here. But no -as i found out tonight after
actually finding them and putting them in a jar they are bed
bugs/mites. so at 3:30 in the morning i take all the beding off as i
had done before but this time i lifted the bed box springs off too and
wheni did- hundreds of bed bugs started running everywhere= as i
looked closer not only where these bugs in the wooden slates just as
the previous article stated but they we coming out of holes in the bed
frame itself- as i looked into these holes and photographed them as i
was seriously freaked out of my skin and noticed colonies of these
bugs living in the particle board openings where there bed is actually
connected together
- i purchased this bed and i had problems ever since- i have never had
bed bugs before - and at this point i'm thinking of throwing the
entire bed in the trash and sleeping on the couch until i can afford a
new one And IT WONT BE FROM IKEA- i thought i was getting a major deal
and all i was getting was a horrible nights sleep for many months and
not having a clue * i think they are also inside my matress and box
springs - so i may trash it all- what a waste of money.....DONT BUY

by Julia K. Posted Tue August 23, 2011 @ 1:48 PM


I had the same problem recently. IKEA claimed that it was not their
fault since I was the "only one" reporting this issue.

Please be in contact with me if you like JuliaKristan@gmail.com.

This has been a nightmare of an experience with them.


Help! by debra l. Tue August 14, 2012 @ 11:01 PM

by henry g. Posted Sat November 21, 2009 @ 12:19 PM

We also bouht a mattress from Ikea about a year ago. Now we are
suffering with bedbugs, and this is happening only in the mattress
from Ikea. I wonder if we can sue Ikea for selling this infected
mattresses. Im assuming it came infected from ikea.


by CrazyRedHead Posted Sat April 18, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

The only way to get rid of bed bugs is to exterminate the entire
house, since they like to migrate from one place to another. Talk to
an exterminator to find out what to do with the mattress and bedding
and other things. There was a news article on TV about bed bugs and
what to do about them. I hope this helps.


by Donno Posted Fri April 17, 2009 @ 7:33 PM

Do you think that is all you need? I hope so.

I am not sure you can prove where the bed bugs came from,


by ♫Venice♫ Posted Fri April 17, 2009 @ 4:03 PM

I think you're confusing bed bugs with dust mites. The things you're
doing to get rid of the bed bugs are usually ways to eliminate dust
mites. Bed bugs are a lot harder to exterminate. They are most
likely hiding in other places in the room. And they come out at night
and head right for the bed!

Since a few months went by, I'm not sure how you can prove where the
bugs came from. You'd be surprised how many ways they can travel into
your home. I don't think Ikea is going to help you, but there's no
harm in asking.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri April 17, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

I was going to let Ikea off the hook and provide evidence of my
opinion. Only I'm wrong! Ikea really could have been responsible
(honestly, I think your student likely brought them with him from his
native country, but who knows?).

Everything you wanted to know about bedbugs but were afraid to ask
(including, they can be dormant for months, up to 18 months, but
typically feed every 5-10 days).



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