Creepy Craigslist couch ends up costing couple $3000

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In a buyer beware lesson for the ages, comes a tale out of South Carolina that will make your skin crawl.

A couple was in the market for a new sofa and turned to Craigslist where they found a deal on one sold out of a storage unit.

Katie Johns told WISTV in just about a week she and her son started noticing bright red blotches on their skin.

A doctor’s diagnosis, likely bed bug bites.

“Turned on the flashlight and got right down beside my bed and saw one bug,” Johns said. “I’m looking some more, and I see another one. I bagged five bugs. When the exterminators came and they actually pulled the couch apart, it was immediately clear that the couch — in fact, that one section of the couch, was infested.”

Johns told WISTV the $225 couch has cost her $3,000.

WISTV contacted the seller who said he had “no clue” about the bed bugs.

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5 comments

  • Christopher Hall

    Bedbugs are a plague. They can travel quite far to find a new meal, they can fit in any surface that you can slide a piece of paper into, they can live for a year without a meal. They can crawl from your neighbor’s apartment into yours through cracks in the floorboards. They can be in the seats at the theater or on the bus, and hitch a ride home with you when you get up. They can be in your coworker’s purse, drop off, and crawl to your purse, and hitch a ride (or hats, backpacks, coats).

    I’ve successfully gotten rid of them using a powder made with diatomaceous earth and pyrethrin, placed around the bed. They have to crawl through it to get a meal, and the DE cuts up their exoskeleton and the pyrethrin paralyzes them.

    Just thinking about them makes my skin crawl and makes me want to go check the bed.

    • ZebraStripes

      I went to Darvins and bought a pair of “simulated leather” couches. Got the warranty on them as well. About 6 months later the “simulated leather” started peeling off the woven fabric below it. Contacted Darvins and they said it wasn’t covered under the warranty. That was the last time I will ever buy something from them.