Dogs have powerful olfactory abilities. For years, the noses of dogs have been used to help humans in a wide variety of tasks. Dogs are being used to sniff out missing persons, drugs, bombs, weapons, arson, mold, termites, and most recently as bed bug detectors. They boast amazing accuracy, from 96 to 98 percent in finding bed bug infestations. Like other types of detection dogs, bed bug sniffing dogs undergo rigorous training prior to being placed in the line of duty. Once they begin work, they require daily training to keep their skills honed.
They are cute and cuddly and have names like Disney characters, and they are a new force to be reckoned with in New York City. Two new beagles, with a powerful nose, and a will to please, have joined the fray of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development last week. These well-trained pups are the new additions that will help Code Enforcement uncover New York City bed bug infestations throughout the city.
According to Reuters on November 18, 2011, the cost to acquire the bed bug sniffing dogs were $69,000 which covers “six months of training and pay for their continued schooling, veterinary care and insurance, and food and housing for their first year of service.” Reports are the each dog and their handler will perform up to twelve inspections per day. On their first day on the job, three violations to landlords were handed out.
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Bed bug sniffing dog inspections are fast and accurate. While human inspections for bed bugs are good, it can be several hours to complete an inspection thoroughly. Bed bug dogs are able to breeze through any inspection in a short period of time. If the dog finds bed bugs, their eggs, fecal matter, or bed bug skins, these amazing dogs will alert their handler to the location of the critters so that you will know exactly where treatment is needed.
Stern Environmental Group is proud to offer bed bug sniffing dog services to our customers as well. We provide highly trained bed bug canine services to New York City, New York, and New Jersey.