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K9 Bed Bug Inspections

  1. 1. Capital K9 Bed Bug Solutions K9 Bed Bug Inspections
  2. 2. 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 professionals.
  3. 3. Why Dogs?  Dogs have been used to sniff out drugs, bombs, and missing people for years, and bed bug dogs are trained using the same techniques.  Our dogs, Lexi and Zip, have undergone intense training in order to alert on live bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
  4. 4. Why Dogs?  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 bugs.
  5. 5. How Does it Work?
  6. 6. 1) Our Handler visually asses the room.  He or she will visually inspect the area to determine the best way to conduct the search.
  7. 7. 2) Handler and K9 work through the room.  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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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 easily missed.
  11. 11. 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 clutter.
  12. 12. Top Reasons You Should Use A Bed Bug Detection Dog:  Peace of Mind. A bed bug detection dog takes the guess work out of determining whether or not you have bed bugs.  Saves You Money. Early detection of bed bugs can save you a lot of money in the end.  Best Bed Bug Detection Technology Available. There is nothing on the market that is able to detect bed bugs as quickly and reliably as a trained K9.
  13. 13. 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 will, too.  If you are in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area, schedule an appointment on our website at www.capitalk9pest.com