Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs
After finding bed bugs for over 7+ years Ladybug gets to enjoy retirement. Ladybug and Pestrol owner Manny Guzman have had many long days in which at the height of the bed bug epidemic they were flooded with calls. We always say this is what happens when you provide exceptional service at reasonable prices.
Who is Ladybug?
Ladybug is our first ever bed bug sniffing dog! She is about 10 years of age now, and her only job was to find bed bugs (which she was very good at). A question often asked by customers is, why use a dog? Well, for one she possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in her nose. This helps her pick up smells. Compared to about six million in us humans. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours. Also, a dog’s nose functions quite differently than our own.
Why Choose A Canine Inspection?
Among the many traits and characteristics for which bed bugs are noted, being nocturnal and very elusive tops the list. This attribute often creates havoc with business owners and even presents challenges to some pest management specialists. There are times a business owner will suspect bed bugs are present within the facility, yet no live bugs or eggs have been found or properly identified. Other facilities, such as large hotels and motels, will need thorough inspections of the entire buildings’ to identify every infected room. This is where the highly skilled noses of canines come into use!
Are Canine Inspections Effective?
Properly identifying and exposing the bed bug infestation will often call for specially trained bed bug scent detection canine teams. Here at Pestrol, we’ve come up with the top 5 reasons why people love our canine inspections!
- All life stages are detected. A properly trained and accredited bed bug canine is qualified to alert to both live bed bugs and live bed bug eggs. This is the only technique that can detect all stages of live bed bug stages by scent.
- The bed bug canine is highly accurate. The certified canine has a very high percentage of accuracy, often being said to be as effective as bomb sniffing dogs. These bed bug canines show their accuracy by detecting live bed bug scent through mattresses, inside walls and furniture. Furthermore, recent studies show that they have a 97.3% success rate in the locating of bed bugs as well!
- Fast inspection times. In addition to accuracy, bed bug canines are extremely fast and efficient. They can effectively search entire buildings in very short periods of time. Large hotels can be covered in a fraction of the time it takes to complete a visual inspection, giving owners peace of mind that the facility is free of bed bugs.
- Protect your image and reputation. Because of their accuracy, properly trained and certified canines are actually recognized in a court of law as a scientific instrument. Your certification of inspection from canine scent detection teams will greatly enhance your reputation and protect your image. The canine team will inspect each room with minimal disruption and leave no mess behind. With their strong scent detection, they remove the need to pull up carpet, remove baseboard and receptacle covers or dismantle furniture, all of which protects your image and reputation.
- Reduce the costs of treating a severe infestation by early detection. Because of their accuracy, a bed bug canine team can identify one bed bug just as easily as it can detect a severe infestation. This early detection means treatment will not need to be as extensive as it would for a more severe infestation, saving you money. This also helps reduce any time or expense from disruption of business.
My Relationship to Lady Bug – a Note from Manny Guzman
We got Lady Bug in the heat of the bed bug epidemic. Upon the initial encounter with her, the mentality was clear. She is a work dog and there is work that needs to be done. We were scheduled constantly for bed bug inspections & after long work days she would come home and just lay in bed. At first, I never looked at her as more than a work dog. She had a job and we both knew it. But as time passed my family and I started interacting with her more and after seeing how well she acted with us, it grew on me. Slowly she started becoming more than a work dog to me. Eventually she had become more than a pet to me. She was family. After a handful of amazing years working along side Ladybug, I had decided it was time for her to retire. Now her days consist of endless playing outdoors and with the kids, sleeping and eating dinner along side the family.