Let us find Bed Bugs before they find your customers

With a hint of fall in the air, it won’t be long until football fans are packing their cars and heading out for the weekend to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the field. While some will stay with friends, others will be checking into Airbnb rentals, cabins or hotels for their weekend visits – and the last thing they want is take home anything other than a victory! That’s why it’s important…

What landlords need to know about bed bugs

Being a landlord is no easy task. It is riddled with responsibilities, from screening all tenants to taking care of maintenance repairs and keeping properties clean.Perhaps one of the most dreaded calls a landlord can get is, “I think we have bed bugs.” According to a 2015 Bugs Without Borders Survey, conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, the No. 1 place where pest professionals report finding bed bugs is…

What to do after a bed bug extermination

The worst of it is over. After braving the nightmare of a bed bug infestation, you called in the cavalry to rid your home of the pesky, blood-sucking insects and you’ve been given an all clear on a follow-up inspection. Now what? Follow these safe practices to ensure you don’t witness another bed bug infestation in your home. Conduct Weekly Inspections  No, you don’t have to call in the canines every week. Conduct your own…

How to Prepare for a Bed Bug Inspection

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…

Know the Differences: Low-Drive vs. High-Drive Dogs

Dogs possess many natural drives for survival. For example: food drive (to eat), prey drive (to hunt), retrieve drive (to bring food back to the pack), etc. Some dogs possess an exceptionally a high drive for certain instincts, like to hunt, which makes them better suited for training in a number of fields. Others possess a low drive for most instincts other than food. These dogs are generally best trained using food. Knowing the differences…

Dogs to check for bed bugs at Broadway, Maryville towers

Maryville Housing Authority has hired Dog Inspectors to check its two high-rise properties for bed bugs. The trained K-9s and their handlers will be at Broadway Towers Monday-Wednesday and at Maryville Towers July 21-22, according to Leasing Supervisor Julie Chaney. Residents were notified by letters dated July 7. “This is just a preventive thing,” Chaney told The Daily Times in a telephone interview Thursday. “It is to help ease the minds of our residents. Hopefully…

What you need to know before you adopt a dog like ‘Max’

With the release of the film “Max” last weekend, many rescue shelters and animal control centers across the country fear a large increase in abandoned Belgian Malinois. Why? A simple misunderstanding: Moviegoers who decide to adopt “Max” will not have a true understanding of the breed and find their new family addition isn’t what they expected. Having worked with a surplus of dog breeds over the last 25 years, I have seen it happen time…

Dog Inspectors: 3 Ways Facility Managers Can Combat Bed Bugs

Managing a large facility is a difficult and complex job. The thought of having to deal with a bed bug infestation in your facility can be even more exhausting — and for good reason. The removal process can be costly and time-consuming, and once those living in, visiting, or working in your facility hear about an outbreak of bed bugs, the problems can become significantly worse. You need to have a plan! Now more than…

Dogs Tell the Story of Bed Bugs

For most people who are dealing with a bed bug infestation, the big question they have is: “How did the bed bugs get here?” Although it is virtually impossible to determine where your bed bugs came from with any degree of certainty, our trained K-9s can give us some very valuable clues. Read on for three examples of how our dogs told the stories of bed bugs for our customers. In the Home One of…

6 Signs You May Have Bed Bugs

Waking up with unexplained bites? Are they from mosquitoes, chiggers? Or could they be from bed bugs? How can you tell if you have bed bugs? So many questions, so little time.  Bed bugs are very reclusive and thus hard to find, making it difficult to tell if you have an infestation. Here are six warning signs you should be looking for when trying to determine if you have a bed bug problem: Waking up with…