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!