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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

Bed Bugs The Essential Guide to Bed Bugs Signs of Bed Bugs How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs How to prevent Bed Bugs How to Identify Bed Bugs How To Find Bed Bugs Bed Bug Bites Bed Bug Species Bed Bug Mattress Encasements faq treatment Bed Bug Dogs Bed Bug Life Cycle Bed Bug Dogs At Ehrlich, we have a team of trained bed bug dogs to help us accurately detect the presence of bed bugs in your home or business. They are an important part of our bed bug control solutions offer to our customers. Using their keen sense of smell, dogs can detect odors 10,000 times better than humans. Bed bug dogs enable our pest experts to inspect for bed bugs quickly – sometimes in as little as 30 seconds per room – and without disruption. Training Bed Bug Dogs Four of our bed bug dogs have already received their NESDCA certification – National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association. NESDCA is a certifying organization assuring the highest quality standards of Scent Detection Canines. Ehrlich Bed Bug Dogs Bed bug dogs have been trained using the same methodology and training regimen as bomb-sniffing dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, mold-sniffing dogs and termite-sniffing dogs. With 600 to 1,000 hours of comprehensive training, our bed bug-detective dogs are the finest in the industry. Bed Bug Sniffing Dog Inspections These dogs have been specially trained to detect live bed bugs and eggs and are extremely accurate. Dogs are able to smell up to two parts per trillion and alert their handler to live bed bugs and viable eggs. Our dogs will sniff out bed bugs in the smallest cracks and crevices, ensuring quicker and greater control of a possible infestation. Ehrlich’s trained professionals will visually verify any dog alerts before any bed bug treatments are made – something our competition does not always do. Download Ehrlich’s Bed Bug K-9 Detection Brochure for more information. Contact Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 for more information about our bed bug dogs and bed bug inspections.
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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

Bed Bug Dogs At Ehrlich, we have a team of trained bed bug dogs to help us accurately detect the presence of bed bugs in your home or business. They are an important part of our bed bug control solutions offer to our customers. Using their keen sense of smell, dogs can detect odors 10,000 times better than humans. Bed bug dogs enable our pest experts to inspect for bed bugs quickly – sometimes in as little as 30 seconds per room – and without disruption. Training Bed Bug Dogs Four of our bed bug dogs have already received their NESDCA certification – National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association. NESDCA is a certifying organization assuring the highest quality standards of Scent Detection Canines. Ehrlich Bed Bug Dogs Bed bug dogs have been trained using the same methodology and training regimen as bomb-sniffing dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, mold-sniffing dogs and termite-sniffing dogs. With 600 to 1,000 hours of comprehensive training, our bed bug-detective dogs are the finest in the industry. Bed Bug Sniffing Dog Inspections These dogs have been specially trained to detect live bed bugs and eggs and are extremely accurate. Dogs are able to smell up to two parts per trillion and alert their handler to live bed bugs and viable eggs. Our dogs will sniff out bed bugs in the smallest cracks and crevices, ensuring quicker and greater control of a possible infestation. Ehrlich’s trained professionals will visually verify any dog alerts before any bed bug treatments are made – something our competition does not always do. Download Ehrlich’s Bed Bug K-9 Detection Brochure for more information. Contact Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 for more information about our bed bug dogs and bed bug inspections.
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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

What should be your response when the dog alerts? You have a choice to make, you can either put all of your trust in the dog’s ability or you can try and confirm the presence of live bugs or viable eggs in the area that the dog indicated. If you are going to inspect the areas to confirm the dog’s findings you may need to conduct a very in depth inspection in an effort to produce the bug(s) or egg(s) that the dog alerted upon. This could involve removing the mattress and box spring, take off the outlet switch, pull up the carpet, remove the baseboard, empty and move the entertainment center, and go through the pile of clothing and stuffed animals where the dog alerted. This can be done but obviously this adds time and money to the inspection and there is no guarantee that you will be able to find the bug(s) or egg(s) that the dog alerted on. If the evidence is inaccessible, or you simply fail to see it, you will not be able to visually confirm the alert. Also, the dog is alerting on a “scent picture,” and while it will often be right where the bugs or eggs are, there is also the possibility that it is not. Scent travels with air, sometimes for significant distances.
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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

Watch him in this brief video from the fall 2009 New York Pest Expo (Bed Bug Edition), where in reference to this problem of bed bug sniffing dogs alerting (without alerts being visually confirmed), Dr. Potter describes a dog handler who marks each spot where the dog “signs” and does not visually inspect these.
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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on these 3rd party bed bug dog certification companies. IBBMA seems to be the only one of the 3 that is not connected with dog sales. The trainers on the NESDCA list and the WDDO list are the larger operations that sell detector dogs. Somehow that just doesn’t seem right to me…Over the years I have worked in agencies that trained and certified law enforcement K-9’s, all but 1 were detector dogs. I’ve since bought a rescue from a local dog pound and trained her in bed bug detection. She has about 130 hours of training in her now and I will be testing our team with IBBMA first…and that whole 800 to 1000 hours of training just doesn’t cut it. If you look at the age of the dogs that are for sale, the math doesn’t cut it either…way too many hours per day for a 2-3 year old dog for the math to even begin to work.
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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog

At Ehrlich, we have a team of trained bed bug dogs to help us accurately detect the presence of bed bugs in your home or business. They are an important part of our bed bug control solutions offer to our customers. Using their keen sense of smell, dogs can detect odors 10,000 times better than humans. Bed bug dogs enable our pest experts to inspect for bed bugs quickly – sometimes in as little as 30 seconds per room – and without disruption.
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Canine scent detection can be very effective but it is important to realize that every bed bug detection dog and handler team is different from the next and you need to find out exactly what you can expect from the team that is performing the inspection. A well-trained bed bug detection dog should be able to identify very small numbers of live bed bugs, sometimes as few as one. Additionally, the dogs should be able to discriminate live bugs and viable eggs from evidence left over from an old infestation (fecal spotting, caste skins, empty egg shells, carcasses). Unless they are able to do this, it becomes much more difficult to distinguish between active and old infestations.
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So, if you’re considering hiring a bed bug k9 team it is especially important to talk to the handlers about whether they visually confirm bed bug alerts.  If they say this is impossible or unnecessary, remember that there are other handlers will do this, and it will give you peace of mind.  As Dr. Potter says in the video above, it is not always possible to find a bed bug (e.g. one hidden inside a box spring or sofa).  However, in many cases it is possible.
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Bed Bug Solutions Inc. employs Sherlcok and Shaggy, our 'Canine Detectives' to identify and confirm an infestation quickly and conveniently the first time and allows you to take action immediately to eliminate the problem. Sherlcok and Shaggy, our bed bug inspection dogs were trained by a NESDCA approved (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association) training facility, specifically in the identification of bed bugs. Due to their keen sense of smell they can detect the presence of odor from live bed bugs and viable eggs in cracks, crevices and other hiding places that would be otherwise missed on a visual inspection. Since they have only been trained to identify bed bugs they do not alert to other scents such as termites, drugs or mold, therefore eliminating any confusion. Their training allows for a quick, accurate and non invasive inspection. What would normally take a pest control specialist hours, Sherlock and Shaggy can do in a matter of minutes with greater accuracy.

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