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Canine Scent Detection for Bed Bugs

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Canine Scent Detection for Bed Bugs
From the 2014 Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force Summit

Compliments of:
Kelly Robins, Four Paws Canine Detection
Lee Johnson, Bed Bug Inspector

Learn how using canines to "Sniff Out" Bed Bugs works. This presentation includes the basics on:

Intro to Canine Scent Detection
The Science
Quality Assurance
What Affects Accuracy?
Realistic Expectations

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Canine Scent Detection for Bed Bugs

  1. 1. Canine Scent Detection Kelly Robbins: Four Paws K-9 Detection, LLC Lee Johnson: Bed Bug Inspector, LLC
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • Intro to Canine Scent Detection The Science Quality Assurance What Affects Accuracy? Realistic Expectations
  3. 3. Intro to Canine Scent Detection
  4. 4. Canine Scent Detection • Well-known canine careers ▫ Narcotics Detection ▫ Bomb Detection ▫ Tracking Lost Persons • Training methodology applied to new fields ▫ Insect (Bed Bug) Scent Detection ▫ Mold Detection ▫ Tumor 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
  5. 5. Who Uses Our Services? • Residential Clients ▫ After travel / houseguests ▫ When bites appear ▫ Frequent use of public transportation • Commercial Clients ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Landlords Hotels Call Centers / Offices Healthcare Facilities
  6. 6. The Science
  7. 7. It's All About The Nose! • The Nose ▫ Beagle: 225 million scent receptors ▫ Human: 5 million scent receptors • The Brain ▫ A dog’s brain devoted to analyzing smells is 40% LARGER than a human's ▫ Dog: 8"x11" Paper ▫ Human: Postage Stamp
  8. 8. Quality Assurance
  9. 9. 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 Seminars
  10. 10. Evaluations • Annually evaluated by NESDCA • 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
  11. 11. What Affects Accuracy?
  12. 12. Accuracy of Inspection Depends On: • How the team trains • Blind hides vs. Known hides • Air Flow • HVAC, Fans, Computers, Exhaust Fans • Protocols in place to protect the integrity of the search • Pesticides (30 days after application) & Cleaning Products • Heavy Infestations • Overwhelming odor = canine may not alert • Odor must be present for the canine to 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
  13. 13. Realistic Expectations
  14. 14. Expectations • Be realistic • Teams are not 100% accurate • Communication is critical for success • Documentation of areas inspected & not inspected should be included in the inspection report • 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!
  15. 15. Dogs at Work!
  16. 16. Questions? Thank you!

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