It takes a team to put the heat on bed bugs and eliminate them from a property. Naturally, a trained bed bug exterminator manages the pest control process, but in many cases it begins with a skilled bed bug detection dog sniffing for every possible location where bed bugs may be hiding.
According to the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association, there are more than 100 dogs currently working as bed bug detection dogs in the United States. Working dogs have already been used for a variety of purposes, including drug and bomb detection by law enforcement. Those same skills are being applied in bed bug detection.
Why Dogs Are Used to Sniff Out Bed Bugs
Bed bug detection dogs are working dogs that are trained to sniff out pests. It’s not easy for the human eye to detect bed bugs with their tiny size, plus bed bugs are known to hide. With a sense of smell 1,000 times greater than humans, dogs can sniff out the odor from bed bugs. It’s often described as spoiled raw beef or a sweet, musty odor.
Just like working K-9s in law enforcement, there is some preference to certain breeds such as Beagles and Labrador Retrievers, but the most important factor over breed is the dog’s ability and personality to become a well-trained detection dog.
How Bed Bug Dogs Work
Success with bed bug detection dogs depends on the ability of the dog and the handler to work together. The handler also goes through training to work with the detection dog.
Bed bug detection dogs are the key to knowing exactly where any bed bugs are hiding in a property. Once the dog has alerted to the locations the handler or bed bug exterminator, can begin treating the area to eliminate any live bed bugs and any eggs. Bed bug detection dogs can alert to eggs that are difficult for human eyes to spot.
If you have seen a bed bug in your home or office, contact the highly trained bed bug detection team at Pest Management, Inc. to inspect your property and apply our eco-friendly thermal remediation treatment that is proven to be 97 percent effective in the control of bedbugs.