Why Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend Against Bed Bugs
November 16, 2018
Dogs have been trained to work with people in a variety of different fields. Some dogs work with law enforcement and others work as therapy dogs for the disabled. Highly trained canines have been used to sniff out bombs, drugs, and missing children for decades—and now they are being trained to help pest control professionals detect bed bugs inside residential and commercial environments.
As man’s best friend, it only makes sense that dogs would also be helping us keep our homes safe from pesky intruders like bed bugs. Normal bed bug inspections by trained professionals can take hours to complete, and even then there is only a 35% accuracy rate. With a highly trained dog, however, an inspection takes only a matter of minutes and has a whopping 98% accuracy rate! Years of practice and reward systems make dogs the most effective way to inspect homes and businesses reliably, without disrupting the people or items in the room.
Canines detect the problem, and pest professionals establish a plan of action to completely eliminate bed bugs. Once a dog has identified a problem within the building, pest control experts have a better idea of how and where to use bed bug heat treatment plans. When it comes to detection, dogs are more skilled than people at finding pests under flooring, wallpaper, and even inside electric sockets, due to their extremely sensitive noses. Dogs possess 220 million olfactory receptors, which are the receptors in the nose that pick up different smells. In contrast, human noses only have 5 million of these receptors. This means that a dog’s sense of smell is up to 44 times as strong as our own!
Here at Moyer Pest Control, we combine the skills of our dog, Scout, with our heat treatment plans to effectively get rid of bed bugs for good. Scout has been trained to sniff out everything from the smallest, most unnoticeable eggs, to full-grown bed bugs. Moyer only uses the best when it comes to ridding your environment of bed bug infestations, which is why Scout is a valued part of our team. DIY treatment plans cannot detect bed bug-infested areas the way our dog Scout can, and methods of treatment from DIY sites will never be as effective as contacting a pest control expert. Call Moyer Pest Control for more information about how our heat treatments work, or to schedule an inspection.