If you have a bed bug problem, or know someone else who has been affected, you know how frustrating it can be to detect and get rid of these pesky pests. Due to their nocturnal and naturally reclusive nature, these pests prefer not to show themselves. Instead, they wreak havoc on their host environment behind the scenes, coming out only at night to feed on their victims. They are by all means the definition of “creepy, crawly” critters. Fortunately, there are a number of ways bed bug pest control specialists can find and eliminate bed bug infestations in your home.
Although experts possess keen knowledge as to where these insects tend to stay and what areas to inspect for them first, the human eye is not always completely accurate, especially because bed bugs like hiding in cracks and crevices. This is particularly true of bed bug infestations that are minor or just starting out (i.e. when eggs have been laid but not yet hatched). These situations warrant immediate attention, despite the fact that they may not present a current threat. Bed bug exterminators know that the eggs these pests lay can live dormant for months. When they finally do hatch, a homeowner can easily have a full blown infestation on their hands.
To prevent an oversight and to maximize the possibility of tracking the pest source, experts can employ dogs to assist them. Though not every bed bug exterminator will utilize a trained dog, the animals can be a helpful tool for some companies. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, which is why they are used by the police to find missing people and to sniff out drugs and explosives. Some dogs’ keen snouts have also been trained to locate bed bugs as well, due to the distinct odor these pests put off (some describe the odor as similar to rotten raspberries).
Keep in mind that while there could indeed be a number of bed bug exterminators that have specially trained dogs, you will want to make sure the contractor you hire has an animal that meets the requirements. Experience and accuracy matter; you don’t want to waste your money by paying for a bed bug inspection when the dog being used has only performed a small number of jobs, or if they fail to adequately find bed bugs in your home because of incorrect training. Also, remember that your qualified local bed bug pest control service can do a great job in detecting and exterminating your problem without a dog.
Listed below are several videos with some helpful information concerning trained dogs that are used for bed bug search and discovery.
Finding Bed Bugs with Dogs
This video provides some great insight into how to choose a bed bug extermination company that offers dog tracking services. The host discusses the ways in which you should evaluate the business and stresses the importance of doing adequate research beforehand.
In this video, we are presented with some helpful information about why hiring a bed bug pest control company that uses dogs is recommended over one that does not. The main reason being that most of the time, the inspections with animals tend to have better results than those that don’t.
In this clip, we learn more about exactly how bed bug exterminators train dogs to catch bed bugs. The dog is blindfolded and four cans are placed on the floor. One of the containers contains live bedbugs, while the others contain dead bed bugs, a dog treat, and a coffee filter respectively. The Beagle is able to locate the live pests right away, even after the containers have been moved around.
In the end, the dog bed bug detection process is fascinating. Not only are these animals cute, but they also complete an important service in the fight against bed bugs. Though the employment of trained animals can be helpful, we’re is just as qualified to assist you with your infestation. The key to a great bed bug pest control company is attention to detail during inspection. If you have a bed bug problem and would like more information regarding our services, contact All Bed Bugs Begone for more information.