You think you’ve found bed bugs in your home, office or facility. Maybe you’ve awakened with unexplained bite patterns on your body, or discovered dark spots and reddish stains on your sheets and mattress. Or maybe you’ve noticed cast skins and a musty odor in your workplace. These are all signs of bed bugs.
Now what? It’s time to bring in the dogs.
During a K-9 bed bug inspection, our trained and certified scent detection canines will inspect all accessible areas and will alert their handler if they detect a bed bug odor.
If you think you need an inspection? Here’s how to prepare your property for the most accurate and effective one:
1. Tidy up. Remove all clutter from inspection areas, especially along walls, to allow our dogs to better inspect without hindrance. We do not perform any type of intrusive inspection, and we do not move furniture, so you don’t have to worry about an unnecessary mess created after inspection. Dogs can detect odors through walls and under floors, which makes them extremely well-suited for inspection.
2. Put away all food items, substances containing harmful chemicals and pets. In order to help keep our canines focused and safe, pick up all food items and dirty dishes in accessible areas. Cleaning supplies with chemicals or poisons that could be harmful to the dogs should also be placed away from the areas to be inspected. Family pets, particularly dogs and cats should be outside, in the garage or an air conditioned car away from the inspection areas.
3. Turn off all ceiling fans, HVAC fans and televisions. This will provide a calm, distraction-free environment for our canines. Airflow can affect the dog’s accuracy – they will detect the odor, but cannot pin point its location because the smell is moving. So by shutting them off, you will guarantee an accurate inspection.
4. Refrain from smoking. One hour prior to and during the inspection, we ask property owners to avoid smoking in order to negate any additional smells that could distract our dogs.
During the inspection, we encourage you to accompany the handler and dog team around your property. We do request a quiet inspection and no petting or talking to the dogs during it. However, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have after the inspection is complete.
Following these tips will ensure a successful inspection under optimal conditions, as our canines will alert only on live bed bugs and viable eggs.
Think you might have bed bugs, but can’t find any evidence? Dog Inspectors can locate the presence of bed bugs long before traditional signs, such as blood trails, spotting, cast skins, bed bug rashes or bites are seen. Learn more here.