Bed bug inspections using specially trained canines can be performed anywhere a bed bug is suspected. Sniffing out potential problems for early treatment saves valuable time and money.
Dogs are the newest weapon in our bed bug fighting arsenal. For years canines have been trained to assist in identifying weapons, drugs and missing persons to name a few. Now, they?re trained and have become a valuable asset in detecting bed bugs.
The utilization of dogs to find bed bugs helps pest control companies to target treatment areas quickly and efficiently. With their powerful olfactory abilities, dogs can sniff out live bed bugs and their eggs hiding under or behind heavy furniture, floorboards, heating fixtures, even deep in a child's toy box full of stuffed animals for example. If you already know you have bed bugs, the canine is a tool which assists in remediation by locating exactly where they're hiding.
A trained bed bug sniffing dog can thoroughly investigate a room and locate the presence of bed bugs in two to three minutes. Using canines to ferret out these noxious pests will pinpoint locations where treatment will be most productive. Human counterparts must rely solely on visual clues to locate these tiny insects, are less accurate and more invasive during inspections. Bed bug dogs save time, money and decrease disturbances in your home or business.
A dog's sensitivity to odors is 25,000 times greater than man's. The average dog has 200 to 250 million scent receptors in its nose compared to a human's 5 million. They can detect the tiniest levels of odors, down to a few parts per billion; can be trained to discriminate between 6 odors at one time and can detect the presence of bed bugs within a five-foot radius.
In rigorous scientific tests conducted by entomologists at the University of Florida in Gainesville, properly trained dogs had a consistent 98% accuracy rate in detecting live bed bugs and their eggs in various environments, including hotels, offices, and residential properties.
Learning to differentiate bed bugs from ants, termites, cockroaches and other insects takes hundreds of hours of training. Employing the same food/reward training techniques used by the U.S. Customs Service to train drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs, dogs are trained to alert their handlers to the presence of bed bugs by swatting a paw or barking.
Smaller dogs are favored for their ability to negotiate tight spaces. Once dogs pass the sniff test, they begin rigorous training with their handlers to enable them to work as an effective team. Handler/dog teams must prove themselves in simulated hotel room settings, detecting the presence or absence of bed bugs with 100% accuracy before certification.
When the handler and dog arrive at a property, they initiate practiced search patterns proven to sniff out bed bug locations. The canine can enter a room and within two to three minutes alert their handlers to the tiniest trace of bed bugs. They?re also trained to tell the difference between live bed bugs, dead ones, cast skins, eggs and fecal matter. Working together, handler and dog will determine the extent of the infestation and narrow the insects' locations to determine treatment areas.
Paired with Stern?s cutting-edge pest extermination, bed bug sniffing dogs can perform an invaluable service for homes, businesses, and anywhere bed bugs might be present. The dogs quickly locate bed bug infestations, allowing our technicians to target and eradicate them and their harborages. Canines can also be used in follow-up procedures to guarantee you?re bed bug free!
Finding bed bugs is just the first step. If our K9 team finds evidence of bed bugs, we'll contact you to discuss treatment options and pricing. Stern Environmental Group offers a number of service options, including cutting-edge Cryonite technology freezing treatments that leave no chemical odor or residue. Our specially trained technicians are experts in eliminating bed bugs, and we guarantee extermination. For more information on bed bug eradication, visit our Bed Bugs and Cryonite services page.
If you feel or even know that you have a bed bugs, don't wait for it to become an infestation, contact us! The bed bug extermination experts at Stern Environmental Group provide prompt and discreet scheduling.
Stern Environmental provides canine inspections and bed bug extermination services anywhere in the United States.