Bed bugs are tiny elusive creatures that are very adept burrowers and are extremely difficult to find in certain situations. Getting rid of a bed bug infestation is a very difficult task that often requires multiple costly extermination procedures. Even after hiring several companies in an attempt to eradicate bed bug infestations, many people are still plagued with this annoying predicament.
Although they are called “bed” bugs, they frequently hide in various areas surrounding the bed such as furniture fixtures, cracks and crevices in the walls and floors, and even appliances such as televisions and phones. Due to their uncanny ability to reproduce, hide and infest new areas extremely quickly, bed bugs are reemerging in the United States as an epidemic, especially in the northeastern tri-state area.
The Importance of Bed Bug Detection
Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of bed bug extermination is the actual process of finding their hiding spots. Even if only a few small colonies are left behind they can quickly reproduce and regrow into a massive infestation within just a few weeks. Thus, proper detection is crucial to the success of any bed bug extermination. Bed bugs will hide anywhere that is in close proximity to a human resting spot such as couches, carpets, closets and any other place that is frequented by humans or animals. If even a small amount of bed bugs are left behind, they can rapidly reproduce and form a massive infestation within a matter of weeks. The only way to completely eradicate a bed bug infestation is to find and destroy every remnant of the bed bug colony.
Bed Bug Detection Techniques
Using manual detection techniques is simply not effective in most situations, as the nits (eggs) can barely be seen by the naked eye. Within days these nits turn into fully grown bed bugs which are able to reproduce and form new colonies. Most exterminators will use magnifying glasses to check all of the usual hiding spots such as furniture, appliances, and clothing. However there are areas such as the interior of walls, floorboards, and electrical appliances that cannot be seen nor accessed using conventional methods. This makes it nearly impossible to find and kill every bed bug, and thus repeat exterminations are often required before even a minimal amount of success can be attained. However, there are ways to maximize the detection of bed bugs, thus minimizing the amount of exterminations and the overall costs required to facilitate bed bug removal.
Using Dogs to Detect Bed Bugs
One of the newest techniques used to detect bed bugs employs the help of our canine companions. Dogs have an extremely adept sense of smell and are able to detect scents that are miles away. In fact, it has even been said that some dogs can smell cancer. It is no surprise then that dogs can effectively smell and hunt down colonies of bed bugs with stunning accuracy. There are companies that train their dogs specifically to detect bed bugs, and thus are able to deliver unprecedented success rates. Although these detection services may cost more than a simple magnifying glass, they can save the consumer hundreds or thousands of dollars by eliminating the need for repeat exterminations.
The Dependability of the Dog
Canines need no introduction when it comes to the power of their noses. Dogs have been used for thousands of years by mankind for their unparalleled sense of smell. It is actually quite shocking that the practice of using dogs to detect bed bugs has only recently become common. Even the smallest colonies of bed bugs can be found within minutes, and property owners can be absolutely certain that when their house has been declared bed bug free by a dog, there are indeed no bed bug colonies left. Instead of waiting weeks for the extermination process to be completed over several attempts, property owners can now rid their homes of all bed bugs within hours. Dogs posses a work ethic that cannot be found in any human being, which stems from a sense of loyalty that has literally been bred into them over centuries of selective breeding. In fact, dogs are capable of effectively sniffing through hundreds of rooms in just a few hours.
While using dogs to detect bed bugs may seem a bit unconventional and silly, it is actually the bes option by far. This technique is especially useful for individuals that are rushed for times, such as realtor or hotel owners that need to meet an inspection deadline. In many cases the option to wait several weeks for the extermination process to be completed is simply not plausible for many hospitality establishments. In cases where the utmost reliability and speed is essential, dogs are by far the best solution for bed bug detection.