Why Bed Bug Dog Inspections Are Necessary?
If you’re worried that you have bed bugs in your home, you can look for them yourself. But this method is unsuccessful more often than not. Even pest-control professionals have trouble spotting bed bugs, which instinctively hide in places where human eyes can’t pry.
Dogs don’t need to see bed bugs. With their sensitive canine noses—which detect odors in parts per trillion—they quickly smell the nasty critters. That’s why bed bug experts use dogs specially trained to show them where the bed bugs are hiding. According to research by the University of Florida, bed bug dog inspections find infestations almost 100 percent of the time.
Reducing Pesticide Use
It’s not just that dogs can confirm an infestation; it’s that they can pinpoint it. This allows bed bug removal specialists to target their treatment, minimizing the area that needs to be sprayed. With a bed bug dog, you don’t have to blast your entire residence with pesticide.
Canines Get The Eggs Too
Dogs can smell bed bugs of all life stages. This is important because different treatments are used for eggs than for already-hatched bed bugs. Without a bed bug dog inspection, there’s a risk that undiscovered eggs will hatch after the treatment.
If you’ve ever seen a dog following a smell (e.g., food), you know they aren’t easily deterred by obstacles and are intently focused on their goal. And their relatively small size allows them to follow the scent into places humans couldn’t even go, such as wall gaps or small spaces between furniture. This agility is particularly important in detecting the notoriously elusive bed bug.
What to expect from a bed bug dog inspection:
The idea of parasites in your home is enough to make a person squirm. Now just imagine that they’re waiting in the shadows for you to fall asleep. Once you do, it’s feeding time. They engorge themselves on your blood and you wake with redness and itching where the bed bug made a meal out of you.
This is why an inspection is so important. Before you start spraying pesticides or burning your clothes like a crazy person, you must first figure out where the bed bugs are hiding. A less traditional method that is quickly gaining in popularity is to have a bed bug dog inspection.
Dog noses are better than human eyes
Their accuracy in detecting bed bugs is much higher than a person’s. Some studies show that a canine’s accuracy in detection is nearly four or five times higher than your average joe. That’s because we feeble humans don’t have a great sense of smell when compared to dogs, so we must rely on sight. Unfortunately, since bed bugs hide in every crack and crevice they can find, we will only be able to find a fraction of them.
Choosing The Right Bed Bug Dog NYC Company
When choosing a bed bug dog inspection company it is important to choose the best company to get the job done correctly.
The New York City area has more than 20 bed bug dog inspection companies and thousands of licensed pest control professionals. The common secret is that not all of the companies have equal quality and are well trained in managing bed bugs.
There are a few notable groups that give certifications to bed bug dog inspection companies in NYC and across the country. The following organizations are recognized by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA):
- Integrated Bed Bug Management Association (IBBMA)
- National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA)
- World Detector Dog Organization (WDDO)
If you’re in the New York City area, you should limit your choices to a bed bug dog inspection company that is certified by one of these organizations. This would mean that the handler and the dog have passed a regulatory exam that meets the standards of the NPMA.
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