Dogs are being added to extermination teams more and more often now. While inspections have traditionally been conducted alone – and by humans – sniffer dogs are better and faster than humans. A lot of pest control companies have employed their own team of dogs.
The bed bug problem is only rising, not diminishing. The rise can be attributed to a number of things, including:
- More frequent travel
- Once successful products that are no longer available
- Some products are no longer effective (DDT, for example)
- Bed bugs have built up a resistance to traditional extermination methods
- Bed bugs are difficult to locate
Perhaps the biggest contributing factor is the fact that they’re hard to locate, and once found, even more difficult to eradicate. They’re difficult to find because they’re small. Immediately after they hatch from the eggs they’re almost transparent, making it even more difficult to see them. And they’re not much larger than a pinhead – tiny, in fact.
Alone, human inspections are accurate some 30-40% of the time. This number leaves too much room for inaccuracy. Dogs, however, have a much higher success rate. They are able to locate pesky bed bugs with an accuracy rate of 90-95% – and they’re much, much faster at it than humans are.
Most detection dogs are trained at special facilities, where they learn to seek out bed bugs infestations with great precision and speed. Once located, our specially trained exterminators eradicate them with a heat treatment. Heat treatments are especially useful in places that need a fast turnaround time, such as hotels and apartment buildings.
When you add a detection dog and a heat treatment to a bed bug infestation, you’ve got the best bed bug eradication team on your side. If you or someone you know has a bed bug infestation. You’ll be glad you did.