The dog breed featured in the movie, Max, isn’t just a star on the big screen—it’s one of the big players in our bed bug detection canine team, too.
Max is the story of a U.S. Marine-trained Malinois service dog that returns from war after his handler is killed. His handler’s family then adopts Max. This medium-sized breed is the shorthaired version of the Belgian Shepherd, and besides their newfound fame, Malinois are popular as both a police and military working dog, and for good reason.
Malinois are highly trainable and can excel at almost any kind of work, whether it’s suspect apprehension or search and detection.
Here are four reasons why they make a top notch fit for our bed bug inspections:
- Sense of smell. Malinois have one strong snout. Since they’re also highly trainable, our certified canines are trained to detect only the scent of live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs with up to 95 percent accuracy. They can quickly identify the location and extent of a problem, which in turn reduces costs and time spent on the ridding of bed bugs.
- Malinois and other detection canines can locate the presence of bed bugs long before traditional signs such as blood trails, spotting, cast skins or bed bug bites are seen. This is a key first step, as this enables pest control services to treat and exterminate bed bugs before the problem develops into a major infestation, saving a headache and tighter bank account.
- Malinois have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years and aren’t prone to any major health issues. Dogs can run 30 miles per hour, and they can withstand high temperatures. While these extreme situations will most likely never happen when sniffing for bed bugs, a detection canine needs to be able to keep up with a long day of training and inspections.
- Low shedding. Shorthaired, Malinois keep shedding worries at bay, which is ideal for keeping home and workplace bed bug inspections clean and hypoallergenic.
While Malinois are clearly a great fit for bed bug detection, we also use a variety of German Shepherds and other similar canines to round out one impressive inspection team.
Want to get to know the whole crew? Click here to meet our certified canines.