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K-9 Bed Bug Detection Dogs - Pest Control, MA, RI

We know the dogs are cute. We know they are like rock stars when they are on the job. Everyone wants to meet the dog and see them in action. BUT are they good at what they do? Are they some gimmick? Take away their stardom, they are by far the most useful tool in bedbug management that the professional industry has seen since bedbugs have made this epic resurgence in society. They are able to do things significantly better than humans on an inspection and they have proven time and time again that they effectively help eliminate bedbug infestations. Before we explain this lets look at their amazing abilities.

The three EHS K-9 dogs are trained to ONLY detect live bedbugs in all stages as well as eggs (90% of an infestation is eggs). This eliminates false positives from past infestations dry blood, molted skins, etc. They get to exactly where the live activity is located! They have the ability (olfactory sensitivity) to detect bedbug scents in the range of 10 parts per billion to 500 parts per trillion. This permits them to discriminate against non-target vapors and key in on the vapor compounds (live bedbugs) they were trained for. The Institute for Biological Detection Systems (IBDS) of Auburn University (Auburn, AL) and the University of Florida, department of entomology and The Florida Canine Academy have proven that canine scent detection is scientifically sound and represents a proven cutting edge technology in inspections.

At EHS our dogs (Tracer & Badger) are certified by NESDCA (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association). Ace has been certified by the Florida Canine Academy. Our handler Mike is also accredited by NESDCA as a certified canine bedbug inspection handler. We ensure that our dogs and handlers are held to the highest standards for entomological canine scent detection.  They must all go under constant and rigorous training to stay on top of their game. All three dogs were rescued from shelters to become the stars they are today. We often joke that they went from doggie death row to Ph.D. university graduates!

Canine Bedbug DetectionWHY DO I NEED A K-9 BEDBUG INSPECTION? 

  • K-9’s will find bedbugs in areas that humans can not inspect.  
  • K-9’s can perform an inspection 80% faster than a human, this represents a huge labor & money savings.
  • K-9’s are 98.9% effective at finding all stages of bedbugs including eggs (size of a pinhead + 90% of an infestation). Humans frequently find adult stages & miss eggs.  
  • K-9’s can detect bedbugs inside furniture/walls/objects, humans can not do this unless they have x-ray vision.
  • K-9’s reduce the number of units needing treatment by pin-pointing locations. This is a major treatment expense reduction.
  • K-9’s have proven to reduce liability by positively determining if activity is evident or not.
  • K-9’s have proven to eliminating re-treatments or end long-standing infestations by positively locating active bedbugs. A major cost savings an reduction in legal exposure.
National Canine Scent AssociationEHS is dedicated to following the highest possible inspection & treatment standards when it comes to bedbug infestations. We team our highly trained K-9 division with our expert bedbug specialists who will tailor a successful bedbug program for your facility. Weather it is your home, apartment building, university, hotel, or business you can feel confident when you put your trust in EHS.