The recent outbreak of bed bugs in New York had High-end clothing retailers closingdown their store. Bed bugs are in hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces. In fact, according to a pest control report, sixty percent of the bedbug problem is coming from commercial areas such as theaters, hotels, stores and offices. They can hitch a ride from one of these locations and go home with you. Not just in US, but around the world we are in a bed bug pandemic.Bed bugs are the common name for Cimex lectularius, a reddish-brown, oval-shaped, wingless insect and survive by sucking blood from a host animal, preferably a human. Bed bugs are active mainly at night. During the daytime, they prefer to hide in the crevices of beds, they can hide in headboards,foot boards, behind pictures, in light sockets, radiators, clothing and inside walls.Bed bug infestation is increasing in epidemic proportions. Early detection is KEY in preventing and eliminating bed bug infestations! In many cases bed bugs will go undetected during an inspection particularly during the early stages of an infestation. Studies show that properly trained canines can detect live bed bugs with a 95%+ accuracy which is far superior to a human inspector who is typically able to visually locate live bed bugs about 20% of the time.
“Man’s best friend” has been used for years by military and law enforcement agencies
to detect bombs and drugs, among other things. Canine bed bug dogs are the latest advancement
in bed bug detection. The sniffer dog is trained to and works at using its senses. A dog’s sense of smell is much more acute than ours because it has approximately 200 to 250 million scent receptors in its nose, compared to only 5 million receptors in a human’s nose. Due to a dog’s keen sense of smell they can detect bed bugs with a higher level of accuracy than human beings and in much less time. In just a few minutes, bed bug detection dog can locate bed bug infestations that are invisible to the eye. Research supports that if the dog finds bedbugs, there’s a high statistical probability you should investigate further. If the dog doesn’t find bedbugs, you can know with greater certainty that your place is safe from bedbugs.
Nevertheless, canine scent detection adds a whole new dimension to the inspection. The future of pest detection is here! The National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association(NESDCA) was formed by Pest Control Professionals. NESDCA is a certified organization assuring the highest quality standards of Sent Detection Canines, and an information resource for the consumer and Pest Control Industry.