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2017 Cobbtf k9 bed bug scent detection


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Kelly Robbins
Four Paws K-9 Detection, LLC

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2017 Cobbtf k9 bed bug scent detection

  1. 1. K-9 Scent Detection (Bed Bug Dogs) Presenter: Kelly Robbins Co-Owner & Handler at Four Paws K-9 Detection, LLC
  2. 2. Large areas searches such as: warehouses, theaters, offices, hospitals/treatment facilities, schools, libraries Dorms, hotels, multi-units: hundreds of units can be searched in days, not weeks Furniture & equipment do not need to be moved for a canine inspection: Dogs smell odor through seams Detailed inspections: cracks, baseboards, carpets & wall outlets are searched with ease When to use a canine team? Inspection protocols are in place to insure you have the most reliable inspection possible Peace of mind is can be obtained when an area is cleared by the canine team (Medical, Residential or Commercial)
  3. 3. Canine Scent Detection ● Well-known canine careers ● Search, Rescue & Recovery ● Law Enforcement & Fire Department ● Training methodology applied to “new fields” ● Insect Detection (Bed Bug & Termite) ● Sea Turtle Conservation (Finding Egg Nests) ● Mold & Agriculture Detection ● Cancer, Blood Sugar & Seizure Detection ● Utilizing dogs in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) makes a difference! ● NYC went from #1 to #9 on Orkin’s list of Most Infested Cities in 2012
  4. 4. It's All About The Nose! ● The Nose ● Beagle: 225+ million scent receptors (45x more than humans) ● Human: 5 million scent receptors ● The Brain ● A dog’s brain devoted to analyzing smells is 40% LARGER than a human's ● Dog: 8½ x11 Paper ● Human: Postage Stamp
  5. 5. Daily Training • Dogs Are Highly Trained & Well Maintained • Team (Handler + Dog) • Use live bed bugs in training daily • Keeps daily logs: training & deployment • Communicates with trainer • Attends Advanced Training
  6. 6. Evaluations • Annually evaluated by NESDCA (or similar organization) • Team (handler + dog) • Third Party Evaluators • NESDCA’s certification is an evaluation method modeled after law enforcement • Evaluation should include live bed bugs & dead bed bugs
  7. 7. What Affects Accuracy? • How the team trains/maintains • Blind hides vs. Known hides • Air Flow- Odor moves! • HVAC, Fans, Computers, Exhaust Fans • Adherence to protocols. Protocols are in place to protect the integrity of the search • Insecticides (Team can enter 30 days after application) & Cleaning Products (Imagine inhaling bleach products, cleaning products, etc.) • Heavy Infestations= Odor is everywhere! Overwhelming odor = canine may not alert (no scent cone). • Odor must be present for the canine to alert. Odor must drop. If odor is being pulled up & away= no alert! • Where was the canine trained? • Does the trainer have scientifically proven training techniques to back up claims of accuracy? • 98% rate is based on Univ. of FL study using canines from J & K canine Academy in High Springs, FL trained by Pepe Peruyero & Bun Montgomery & published in Entomological Society of America 2008
  8. 8. Expectations: We are a Team! • Be realistic • Teams are not 100% accurate, use teams as a tool in IPM. (Human inspection=hours, difficult to search entire room effectively) • Communication is critical for success • Documentation of areas inspected & where alert occurred (follow the air flow as it can move odor) • Teams train with low quantities of bed bugs (1- 15) • Goal is to identify low infestations • Canine is alerting on the odor presence of live bed bugs &/or viable eggs • Keep in mind - air flow can move the odor • Checklist adherence is vital for success!
  9. 9. Caution: Dogs at Work! Keep Distractions to a Minimum! (YOU SHOULD NOT PET A WORKING DOG!)
  10. 10. Demo & Questions!