Capital K9 Bed Bug Solutions
K9 Bed Bug Inspections
K9 Bed Bug Inspections
The first step in resolving a bed bug problem is
finding them. Bed bugs often hide in the tightest
cracks and crevices and usually come out at
night. While you are able to see an adult bed
bug, nymphs and eggs are particularly tough to find.
That’s why a dog’s keen sense of smell offers one of
the best ways to find bed bugs, even at the earliest
stages of an infestation.
In fact, a University of Florida study comparing the
accuracy of bed bug dogs against a trained technician
shows that dogs were 96% accurate in finding bed
bugs compared to 25% accuracy of trained pest
Dogs have been used to sniff out
drugs, bombs, and missing people for years, and
bed bug dogs are trained using the same
Our dogs, Lexi and Zip, have undergone intense
training in order to alert on live bed bugs and bed
We train daily and use differing numbers of all life
stages of bed bugs, including eggs. We replicate
home and office layouts in our training studio and
train our dogs to find bed bugs in any location.
We inspect fire stations, schools, retirement
communities, universities, warehouses and any
other type of structure you could imagine. The
bugs could be anywhere, so we train our
K9/Handler Teams to search everywhere to find
them. In addition to the K9 search, our skilled
handlers will conduct a visual inspection for bed
1) Our Handler visually asses the
He or she will visually inspect the area to
determine the best way to conduct the search.
2) Handler and K9 work through the
The handler has the K9 on a leash and they work
their way through the room making sure the dog
sniffs along baseboards, bed and sofa seams,
chairs, luggage and just about anywhere a bed
bug can hide.
3) K9 will alert if it detects the
presence of bed bugs.
The alert is the dog’s unique way of telling the
handler that it smells the bed bug odor. The most
common alerts are sitting or pointing to the
source of the odor.
4) If there is an alert, handler will
visually confirm the presence of bugs.
The handler will make every attempt to visually
confirm the presence of bed bugs which includes
looking for the actual bug or evidence of bug
activity such as a cast skin or fecal spotting.
How long does a search take?
Not only is a canine search effective, it is one of
the fastest ways to search for bed bugs. A home
generally take between 30-60 minutes, an
apartment takes 10-15 minutes a single hotel
room can be searched in 2-3 minutes. A human
search can take hours and is limited to what the
inspector can see, so low level infestations are
How do I prepare for a search?
The preparation for a K9 search is minimal. We
ask that you remove from the floor any food or
any other item that might be harmful to the dog
(medicine, mouse traps, garbage). If you have a
pet, we will ask that you put the pet outdoors or in
a cage/kennel or in a bathroom during the
search. If the handler feels that a fan or air
conditioner is disrupting the air flow, you may be
asked to temporarily turn it off during the
search. Most importantly, we are able to give you
the best search possible where there is minimal
Top Reasons You Should Use A Bed
Bug Detection Dog:
Peace of Mind. A bed bug detection dog takes
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you have bed bugs.
Saves You Money. Early detection of bed bugs
can save you a lot of money in the end.
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There is nothing on the market that is able to
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Contact Us Today
We are committed to the physical and emotional
well-being of our dogs. Our dogs lead balanced
and full lives. We love our dogs and believe you
If you are in the DC, Maryland or Virginia
area, schedule an appointment on our website at