Can Dogs Find Bed Bugs? | Pest Control

My name is Jeff White and I’m a research entomologist
for Bed Bug Central and the host for Bed Bug TV, I have no idea how I got into bugs and bed
bugs, and here I am six years later and having a lot of fun with working with bed bugs and
I’ll be talking to you about pest control. Dogs have been used for decades, to find bombs,
to find drugs, to find all different kinds of things. They’ve even been trained to find turtles
and so can dogs be trained to find bed bugs? And what you need to know is that yes dogs
have been trained to find the odor of live bed bugs. They can find as little as one bed bug. And so we see in the news all the time, these
dogs running around scratching on beds, saying bed bugs are here, and it’s a very cute topic. Let’s be honest. You know a cute little beagle comes into your
house, runs around, can detect bed bugs, pretty neat. But what I can tell you is, you need to do
your research. There are actually some dogs out there that
aren’t working properly and that can often create for you a bigger headache than you
need. And so yes dogs can work very well and detect
bed bugs. Now if you call a company, hat you want to
ask them is, how many inspections have they done? How long have they been doing it for? You want to find the most experienced company
that you can find that’s using dogs. And then when the dog comes into your house,
and god forbid it does scratch in a location, and says yes bed bugs are there, you want
to do something that is visually confirming what that dog is seeing. Do an inspection, or have the company do a
quick inspection of that area to try and see if you can confirm what the dog said. We’re hearing a lot of reports of people bringing
dogs in, they say you have bed bugs, but they can’t find anything. Yes dogs can detect bed bugs at a very low
level, only one bug, and you may even very easily missed that through a visual inspection
but if a dog scratches in say five different areas and says there are bed bugs in these
five different areas, you should be able to confirm bugs in at least two or three areas. And if you can’t do that, you want to question
the company in how well that dog is working. Yes you can miss these bugs, but if it’s scratching
in that many areas you should be able to see something. And so I believe dogs can find bed bugs, I
know that they can find bed bugs because I’ve worked with them, but you want to make sure
you do your research, follow up on what the dog is saying, and you want to bring a dog
in, it’s a grat first step in to identify bed bugs in your home.

12 thoughts on “Can Dogs Find Bed Bugs? | Pest Control

  1. My dog has been working for over 3 years. I always confirm the bug or the fecal or eggs in the area. So Like he said if the company does not do that and show you at least one area the dog hit on…you could have issues.

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