Canine Bed Bug Inspection
Humans have benefitted from the keen sense of smell of dogs for years. Canines have been used in search and rescue and have been trained to detect such things as explosives, narcotics and weapons. Now we are asking them to assisting us in detecting the elusive bed bug.
Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans have only 5 million. Studies have shown dogs’ sense of smell to be one thousand times greater than that of humans. If sensory epithelia in a dog’s nose were laid out, it would cover about 450 square feet. If the sensory epithelia of the average man were laid out, it would cover only 2 square feet. All our dogs have been rigorously trained to “indicate” when they have smelled live bed bugs or eggs. Training is only the beginning; bed bug inspection dogs must be worked or maintained on a daily basis to reinforce this skill.
Our dogs and handlers work as a team to increase accuracy and reduce time when inspecting hotels, multi-family, public buildings and private homes. Canine inspections can be used as part of a maintenance plan, to inspect units surrounding a known infestation or for light infestations where there is no visual evidence. Our handlers are trained to verify bed bug activity once their canine partner has “indicated” on an area.
Bed Bug Inspection Hotline: 1-877-617-2847