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Canine bed bug detection

There is an overwhelming amount of information about what to do when you have a bed bug problem. Add suggestions from friends along with urban legends and the solution can be hard to see.

Experts and scientists do all agree on one thing - bed bugs are unique pests that cannot be managed through typical pest control practices. The majority of nuisance pests, such as cockroaches or ants, can be quickly eradicated with minimal disruption. Bed bugs are different. It takes a true bed bug specialist and a fully integrated approach for effective bed bug control and management.

Challenges in bed bug detection

The most difficult and important step in eliminating bed bugs is early detection and identification to correctly recognize these blood-feeding pests. While adult bed bugs can be fairly easy to see, bed bug eggs (which are white) and nymphs (which are virtually colorless) are nearly microscopic.

Eggs hatch, and nymphs mature with each blood meal, quickly developing into fully-grown bed bugs, which are able to reproduce and form new colonies. Left undetected and untreated, they can rapidly turn into a massive infestation, making sleep for nearby humans a frightening experience.

The nose knows

Bed bugs are experts at burrowing and hiding in cracks and crevices. But with a canine bed bug inspection, you don't need eyes to discover them. Due to a dog's keen sense of smell, a properly-trained canine can detect the presence of a bed bug infestation by the odor given off by live bed bugs and viable eggs in hiding places that might otherwise be missed on a visual inspection.

A dog quickly locates bed bug trouble spots, ensuring treatments can efficiently target and eliminate bed bug infestations. A canine bed bug inspection can also be used in follow-up procedures after treatment to ensure that all bed bugs have been killed.

How bed bug dogs find bed bugs?

Bed bug dogs go through extensive training to learn how to detect bed bugs. Bed bugs give off a scent that, given a large enough infestation, even humans can detect. The great thing about dogs, however, is that they have noses that are so sensitive they can detect bed bugs at all life stages with much fewer insects present.

It takes extensive training for dogs to do this, just like it does for dogs used in airports to detect drugs or explosives.

How do dog's noses work?

A dog's nose does not work the same way a human's does. Their noses are lined with millions upon millions of tiny nerve endings that act like sensors on a computer. They can detect smells so faint that humans cannot detect them at all. In fact, their sense of smell is so acute that dogs can essentially "see" through smells.

Dogs can actually work both nostrils independently of each other. That way they can smell multiple scents in different areas of a room. It is this tool that Western Exterminator brings into the fight against bed bugs.

Why have a canine inspection?

  • 1. Proven and trusted - Because of their keen sense of smell, dogs are able to locate everything from weapons and drugs, to missing persons, cancer and yes, bed bugs.

  • 2. Speed and accuracy mean ultimate cost savings - A dog has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose, and a trained bed bug dog is looking for just one smell - bed bugs. These pests are quite secretive by nature and they are impressively flat, so bed bugs can hide nearly anywhere - in walls, in mattress seams - often in places no human could reasonably see them. It can take up to an hour for a human inspector to properly search just one bedroom for bed bugs. A dog can clear the same room in a matter of minutes and be more accurate.

  • 3. Cutting-edge technology - The "nose" is cutting-edge technology and scientifically-proven to be the most accurate inspection tool that can detect and pinpoint sources of bedbugs - critical information for lowering costs of eradicating this parasitic insect.

  • 4. Greater peace of mind - Our dogs are trained to work by being rewarded with play, not food. You can rest easy if our dog doesn't find bed bugs and know your money is well spent if it does. If the dog finds bed bugs, Western can then begin the process of eliminating the infestation.

To schedule a canine bed bug inspection from one of our qualified Western Exterminator bed bug control specialists call us at 800-937-8398 or fill in our online form.

Pound Puppies - Our bed bug dogs are rescued from the pound, and have been trained and certified in the same manner as military and law enforcement agency dogs. Often young dogs are relinquished to shelters by owners who are unable to cope with their over-exuberance, and the energetic pups are the perfect candidates for these various detection programs. And now, "Man's Best Friend" is the latest weapon in the war on bed bugs.

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