Meet The Team
Kesa is a black labrador retriever and Mona is a yellow labrador retriever that I have trained for Bed Bug detection. Together the three of us make the most effective tool a customers can use to combat a bed bug problem.
THE K-9 ADVANTAGE
Using a K-9 detection team for Bed Bug control has many advantages over traditional methods. Fast accurate inspection, reduced treatment costs, the ability to concentrate control efforts and confirmation that control has been gained. Using a multi dog team has advantages also. Confirmation on alerts where visual confirmation is unlikely, less down time for multi dwelling facilities and dogs that are motivated to work all the time.
HOW IT WORKS
Kesa and Mona have been trained to alert to all living stages of a Bed Bugs life cycle. This includes eggs, nymphs and adults. Many hours of training have been devoted to ignoring dead bed bugs, blood or fecal material, castings and non-viable eggs.
Our Training Program - Above and Beyond Simple Detection
Simply training a dog to alert to living bed bugs is not enough to insure accurate inspection results. Our regular training program includes:
- On and off leash searches
- Searches are performed with and without handling
- Searches are performed with active and inactive bed bugs
- Preferred bed bug hiding spots and unlikely hiding spots are practiced
- Steps to insure that fecal material, dead bed bugs and cast skins are not alerted to
- That as few as one adult bed bug can be found
- Kesa is trained to find active bed bug eggs
- That multiple bed bugs locations can be found in the same room
Still with all of this training, problems can occur. This is where an experienced pest control operator, visual confirmation, multi dog inspections, training log, and a dedication to continuous improvement make the difference customers can count on.
THE INSPECTION PROCESS
Control over the working environment is the single most important factor ensuring a quality K-9 inspection. The fewer the distractions the better. Pets, multiple bystanders, pesticide use, poor air current conditions and K-9 safety are some of the factors that need to be addressed before any inspection can begin.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Both dogs are trained to alert to the source of the scent. What this means to the customer is that if there are multiple bed bugs in one room the dogs will alert to the “strongest” sources. This may not include every bed bug in that individual room.
In homes where there are no bed bugs the dogs will often lack enthusiasm during the inspection process. I do a visual inspection of the areas the dogs showed interest in but did not alert (better safe than sorry).
While both dogs are obedient they do not work in a “robotic” way. During training and in the work environment Kesa and Mona are encouraged to follow their noses and are not expected to follow every directional command. After all both dogs have a better understanding of scent and how their noses work than any human could.
For an alert Kesa has a bark and Mona bows and punches the location. Both dogs touch the source of the scent with their noses. No reward is given to the dog unless a live bed bug or egg is found.
NEW PUPPY ON THE WAY!!!!!
My K-9 unit has meant so much to the success of my bed bug control program and to my customers that I can’t imagine not using a dog to help control bed bugs. That is why we are purchasing another pup later this year. As this puppy grows and becomes a good member of society she will come along on some inspections. There is no better way to learn than in the “field”. There will be no charge for puppy inspections!
Our K-9 team can adapt to your inspection needs. Full building inspections, monthly maintenance, infestation control, confirmation of control and residential inspections all vary in the way the inspection is done. Pricing varies, quotes are free upon request.
While certification is a great start, I believe the policy/warranty I offer for my service is of more value to my customers.
I will not offer extermination services unless I can find a live bed bug or viable egg during the K-9 inspection.
If our K-9 team does not make any finds during the inspection and there proves to be a current infestation, I will provide my extermination services at price reduced by twice the inspection fee. (This applies for up to one week after the inspection has been done and to single dwelling homes only.)
Customers can request a second inspection within 30 days of the original inspection at no additional charge.