Sensor Bed Bug Dog Inspections
Bed Bug Infestation Inspections
Determining whether an area has bed bug infestation can be tricky. Bites and whelps on people are a definite sign. Blood stains or marks on the sheets are another indication. Bed Bugs are not social insects however they still tend to nest together. They must have a blood meal every few weeks in order to survive. However they have been found to be able survive up to 12 months without a meal. When they go for a long period with no meal they will go elsewhere looking for one. You usually can not feel them biting you at the time of their feeding. Later marks or whelps on the skin will show up. Bed Bugs usually do most of their feeding just before dawn. Sometimes you can find visual adult bed bugs around the seams of mattresses and boxsprings. Also, headboards and nightstands are a common place for them to harbor. They are transported into a room and they can adapt easily to new surroundings. The nymphs which are just hatched eggs can be as small as a dust flake. There can be hundreds of nymphs and you will not see them.
The dogs start their training at an early age. They are introduced to bed bugs as early as 12 weeks. Their life revolves around find these frustrating pests.
- The Sensor Dogs use their keen sense of smell and hearing to locate active infestation. Of course by knowing whether there is activity and knowing the exact location the treatment will always be more effective.
- The handler wears a “work coat” with pockets. This is a signal to the dog that they are going to work.
- The handler will let the dog inspect the room(s) to satisfy his territorial curiosity.
- The handler then puts on the dogs “work” collar. The dog then goes into the bed bug inspection mode. This is a game to the dog. When they find the bedbugs the dogs give a pawing alert to the area of activity.
- After the dog is finished with his inspection if there are any alerts the handler goes back and visually tries to verify activity in the area.
- The handler is responsible for the care of their partner. Health logs, calibration logs are kept for referral.
Consumers or Property Managers
If you are a homeowner or manage a hotel or apartment complex we can help you with the elimination of Bed Bugs.
We can do the inspection for you. If you are in Georgia we can also do the treatment for you with one of our partner companies. Our partners must be thorough and have effective and less toxic methods. That does not mean they can successfully rid you of bed bugs with no pesticide use however we must use common sense and use an appropriate method of elimination.
Bed Bugs are not a social insect so baits are not an option
Pesticides are just one part of bedbug control. A variety of chemical and non-chemical methods are usually needed to get rid of bedbugs. Products available to homeowners will generally contain the active ingredients pyrethrin or other pyrethroids or diatomaceous earth.
Several commercial class products and techniques are available to professional pest control operators. These may include low-odour sprays, dusts, aerosols, canine detection, heat and freezing devices. Your pest control operator will choose the best approach for your particular situation.
- Bedbug infestations are extremely hard to treat, and repeat applications may be needed.
- Between treatments, keep monitoring the situation to control ongoing infestations and prevent future ones.
- Always follow the pesticide label directions to protect yourself and maximize how well the product works.
- Never use, or allow anyone else to use, a pesticide indoors that is meant for outdoor use. Using the wrong pesticide or using it incorrectly to treat bedbugs can make you, your family, and your pets sick. It can also make your home unsafe to live in – and may not solve the bedbug problem.
- Early detection is KEY in preventing and eliminating bed bug infestations while minimizing the costs!
- Homeowners, Hotels, Hospitals, Long Term Health Care Facilities, Universities, Cruises, Daycares, Theatres and Airlines all benefit from the extremely accurate detection of bed bugs that only a specially trained canines like ours can offer.
The Sensor Bed Bug Dog provides inspections in the Greater Atlanta Area and throughout the States of Georgia and South Carolina. We also make arrangements to travel throughout the U.S. with additional dogs if necessary – no job is to big!