A bed bug sniffing dog, from company, Bell Environmental.
Man’s best friend – the dog – is being trained in all manner of detection work these days from military dogs trained to detect bombs and mines, airpot dogs trained to detect drugs and illegal substances, to fire department dogs trained to detect arson. Now there are dogs being trained to detect infestations of insects in buildings, including termites and bed bugs. Bed bug sniffing dogs make detecting bed bugs and their nests faster and more accurate.
The traditional methods of finding bed bugs is time consuming and inefficient. When you rely on finding bedbug nests with people searching likely locations, there is the chance that some insects will be missed. You only need a few bed bugs left behind to start a new infestation in a very short time.
What would take a person, even a licensed pest controller, hours of searching, will take a bed bug sniffing dog a few minutes. This drastically reduces the time and the cost of detecting these parasites and also makes it easier to control the pests, because of their accuracy. A bed bug sniffing dog can search a hotel room, for example, in just two minutes and will indicate where bedbugs are located, if they are present in the room.
The IFEDCA or International Forensic Entomology Detection Canine Association is the primary organization of the dog detection industry. The association aims to preserve the integrity of trained dogs, their handlers and facilities. Members of this organization aim to improve their skills, and those of their dogs, through on-going education. If you are considering using a bed bug sniffing dog, try to find one that is a member of this important association.
Many countries around the world have invested considerable funds in the training of dogs for detection work in a number of key areas. There are schools for training specific purpose canines and even breeding programs to produce the best dogs suited to specific tasks. Search dogs are often the first to enter disaster areas to locate signs of life but also toxic gases and dangerous materials. Sniffing and detection dogs play an important role in the protection of countries against terrorism and other types of threats.
The bed bug sniffing dogs perform a much more domestic role but one that is vitally important in the war against troublesome insects like bed bugs. They are especially useful in locations that have multiple sleeping quarters which would require many hours of searching for the locations of bedbugs, were this to be done by humans. So, bed bug sniffing dogs are especially useful in searching establishments like schools and colleges, hotels and inns, hospitals and nursing homes, apartment buildings and complexes.
Bedbug dogs are trained to detect the sickly-sweet odor, caused by chemicals called pheromones, which the insects give off so that they can locate each other. The dogs search along skirting boards, walls, in closets, under beds, along mattresses and bed bases and behind furniture. They indicate when they detect the odor of bedbugs and are rewarded with a treat or their favorite toy. Bedbug dogs have an accuracy rate of over 90% whereas trained professional pest exterminators have an accuracy rate of just 30%.
One of the more recent additions for the war on bed bugs (yep, war) is the use of dogs specifically trained to sniff the scent of bed bugs. Bed bug sniffing dogs are used for the detection of bed bugs, usually within homes or belongings.
The process is fairly straightforward – hiring a bed bug sniffing dog is actually quite expensive, do check with your local pest control experts before considering this option. I remember I actually refrained from hiring one because it would cost me $200/hour, with a minimum of 1 hour. The dogs are handled by a trainer who goes through your home much like a dog trained for sniffing drugs might do. When a bed bug is detected, the dog will give a signal – which can vary depending on what the dog was trained to perform. It can be a verbal signal, like a bark, or physical like a sit, or a lay.
Bed bug sniffing dog.
The most important thing you should remember is to ensure that the dog is not giving false signals. As bad as this may sound, pest control companies may just be looking for your business and dogs may not always be truly alerting. Be sure that when the dog alerts, that it was an alert for a bed bug – and that a physical follow up from the trainer is exercised. Otherwise, a signal can always be a false flag.
Can pets at our home be the reason for spreading bed bugs?
Enjoying the company of your pets at home? There is always a second thought in your mind regarding spreading of bed bugs from your pets. Can bed bugs harm your dogs and cats at home and spread from them? The answer is surrounded with a lot of facts. The main thing is bugs are not interested in your pet’s food of their waste. They only want blood. This brings them to humans first of all and hence before animals and pets, humans come as the perfect transporting medium for bed bugs. Along with that, bed bugs lay eggs in large and for that they want an area which is filled with blood protein. Many times infection on your dog or cat is due to this fact. Thousands of bed bugs eggs are laid on their back. Cedar oil was used as a good pesticide when this problem was in concern among the pets. Remember the fats and save yourself and your pets from bed bugs.
Bed Bug Dogs:
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals, notably humans. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long and are reddish brown in color, with oval and flat bodies. Bed bugs are mainly active in the night, however don’t seem to be completely nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their host while not being noticed.
Bed Bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within homes, apartments, residences of all kinds and in multi-unit facility like hotels, condo buildings, nursing homes and school dorms. It is very difficult for human beings to see and detect the bed bugs. They can hide themselves in mattresses and carpets, in bedding, box springs, pillows, walls and other bed bug hiding places. Traditional bedbug detection methods are very time consuming and labor intensive.
Bed bug detection dogs are an effective and scientifically-proven alternative to traditional methods of bed bug detection. Bed bug dogs can save you hours of searching for bed bugs that you may not ever find. Our NESDCA certified bed bug dogs generate quicker and more accurate results. NESDCA-certified bed bug dogs are trained through a rigorous program where they learn to hunt bed bugs and viable eggs based on scent. Our bed bug inspection dog, Lacey was specially trained to recognize the scent of live bed bugs and viable eggs, and to alert her handlers when she has located them. With our dog’s keen sense of smell, even the best-hidden bug will not get past her.
Beagles are known for their very keen sense of smell. Specialists claim that beagles sense of smell is around 10 thousand times more developed than humans. Within the canine world, the beagle’s sense of smell is superior to nearly every other breed of dog. Our beagle, Lacey, is specially trained to seek out the scent of live bed bugs and viable eggs, and to alert her handlers when she has located them.
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