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Posted by DetectiveBedBug on 1/27/2011
Bed bug canine scent handling teams provide a service that many consumers are curious about. What should you be looking for when choosing a bed bug sniffing service?
Proof of certification is a primary. A bed bug dog handling service that passes an association’s standardized test for bed bug detection is a company that wishes to operate within high industry standards. This means that the dogs are trained for only one-scent discipline and alert on only live activity. As well, the handler that knows when the dog is working and how to affirm an alert by the dog.
An association website will display members in good standing. A few associations are WDDO – World Detector Dog Association, NESDCA – National Entomology Scent Detection Association and IACPI – International Association of Canine Pest Inspectors.
Next, look for sound business practices. Find out what methods are employed when the handler confirms an alert by the dog of bed bug presence. Is there a visual inspection performed or is there another canine to confirm the presence? The method that is used will determine the accuracy of the canine inspection.
Match up a method that fits your needs. For example, if your need an overview to assess many units of a multi-family housing structure, then an inspection by the dogs passing through on major furniture items would provide a snapshot of infestation areas for a treatment plan. However, if you think that bed bugs are present but bed bugs cannot be confirmed, an in-depth search of closets, drawers, walls, furniture may find the harborage area for proper abatement.
Be realistic as no inspection method is definitive. Just as visual inspections are limited to where the pest technician can see, scent inspections are limited to areas where the dog can smell. The biggest advantage is that canine handling teams offer the ability to detect infestations early; when you will have the greatest success of abatement at a lowest cost.
If you need to find out more information on how canine scent detection services can work for you, contact David Bohannan at Detective Bed Bug at 219-545-8786 or on the web at This service is located in Chicago, and will make inspections in Illinois and surrounding states.

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