When It Comes to Bed Bugs, Dogs Are Top Notch at Detection


Detection dogs find bed bug infestations that humans just can’t see

Bed bugs have become a major problem for hospitals, hotels, urgent cares, church’s and apartments across the nation. Often carried home by travelers, these bothersome pests bite and the stress can cause mental & emotional issues. If you think that you might have a problem with bed bugs in your home, it’s important to work with a professional who can properly identify an infestation and help you eliminate bed bugs.

Detection Dogs Now Working to Find Bed Bugs

Calling in a pest control professional may bring to mind images of technicians dressed in jumpsuits driving colorful vans. However, you just might be surprised when the bed-bug inspector shows up at your house. Many extermination pros are now using specially trained dogs to detect bed bugs.

The K-9 team uses their sensitive noses to sniff out infestations that are difficult to detect with other methods. Because bed bugs are about the size of the tip of a pen, it’s hard for humans to see them with their naked eyes. Detection dogs help eliminate frustration for homeowners who believe that they suffer from a bed bug problem but can’t actually find the pests. These amazing dogs can find bed bug infestations in just a matter of minutes.

Once an infestation has been identified, you can work with your pest control technician to determine an extermination plan. The best method for completely eliminating bed bugs is thermal remediation, which uses heat treatment to kill bed bugs in all their developmental stages. Thermal remediation can be used to treat several rooms. If you need to have your home treated with this method, you’ll be able to use your rooms again in a matter of hours.

Why Choose a Bed-Bug Sniffing Dog?

You have several choices when it comes to bed-bug detection methods. You can look for the bugs themselves, which are very small and may look like dark dots on your mattress, furniture or carpeting. Since they are so tiny, it may be tough to see bed bugs with the naked eye. You can call in a professional inspector, but they may also be limited by eyesight.

A reliable option is to choose a detection dog that has been specially trained to sniff out bed bug infestations. Such K-9’s provide quick detection of bed bugs with no hassles. They are 80–90% accurate when properly trained and are growing in popularity with pest control professionals across the nation.

When it comes time to choose a bed-bug sniffing dog, remember that experience and training count. All of the K-9 dogs at Burns Pest Elimination are independently trained and certified weekly in multi-stage insect detection. Contact us today to learn more about how our friendly K-9’s can help you.