Beacon Hill, MA - Bedbug ControlScience is an amazing thing! Dogs have long been used for bomb & drug detection as well as search and rescue but now they are being used for so much more including bedbug detection. Being an entomologist I was naturally reluctant because initially I thought people were just trying to cash in on the bedbug histeria. Termite detection dogs have long been used in our industry and while they are effective at locating termites they are used more for sales & marketing than inspection. The other key factor is how any specialized K-9 dogs (bombs to bedbugs) are handled and trained. After plenty of research and scientific data being published I was convinced that bedbug detection dogs were a worthwhile tool in our battle against bedbugs. But still I needed additional visual & field proof. EHS had a high rise luxury 120 unit condo complex on the Boston waterfront with bedbugs. Our specialists identified 7 units with bedbugs. The K-9 team uncovered 14 units! The beauty of the K-9 inspection was that they did a unit in 5-8 minutes where it took two specialists in one unit 30 minutes. This was a major labor & expense savings for our client. The K-9 dogs are trainined to detect only live eggs and live bedbugs in all stages, not molted skin and blood. This is important because it determines active infestations Vs past ones. The dogs are able to detect inside furniture, walls, and objects, places where humans can not inspect. This equates to parts per billion to trillion! In addition to labor savings they can also detect infested items & rule out adjacent units reducing the need for wider based treatments and this is also a cost savings to our clients. EHS ensures that our K-9 team is consistently trained and follows strict protocols on how the dogs are handled both in/off the job. Our dogs are NESDCA (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association) certified. You can feel confident that these dogs are scientifically proven and will get the job done. The added bonus is that these dogs are insanely cute!
George E. Williams Jr., A.C.E.
General Manager - Staff Entomologist