Dogs are now being trained to detect bed bugs, helping target treatment areas. With their powerful sense of smell, dogs can sniff out bed bugs and their eggs from anywere they choose to hide.
Dogs have been successfully used by law enforcement agencies to locate illegal contraband. The same training used for these purposes is now being used to train dogs to search for bed bugs. Our dogs, can smell through walls, floors, and bedding – long before humans can see any visible signs. Dogs can crawl into tight spaces that human inspectors cannot. Early detection can prevent infestation from bed bugs by treating hot spots before the damage is done.
A trained dog can thoroughly investigate a room and locate bed bug infestations in two to three minutes with a the best accuracy rate. A human technician, who must rely on visual clues to locate these tiny insects van only achieve success in an advanced infestation. Using a trained bed bug-sniffing dog to find these noxious pests can decrease the need for invasive visual inspections and pinpoint locations where a more thorough investigation and treatment will be most productive.
Learning to differentiate bed bugs from other insects takes hundreds of hours of training. Employing treat/rewarding training techniques, dogs are trained to alert their handlers to the presence of bed bugs. Once dogs pass the sniff test, they begin rigorous week-long 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 before certification. Smaller dogs are favored for their ability to negotiate tight spaces. Short hair dogs and specific grooming protocols prevent dogs from spreading bed bugs while they’re working.
Metro Bed Bug Dog Facts:
- All our dogs are rescue dogs.
- Dogs are fully trained by one of the best dog trainning facility in the U.S.
- We retrain our dogs daily and perodicaly with our master trainers
- We are members of the humane society.
- We have 3 active dogs working.