Accurate – During a University of Florida study, it was found that trained dogs were 98% effective in detection of bed bugs and could locate even one live bed bug or viable egg. (http://www.nesdca.com/docs/Ability_of_Bed_Begs.pdf
) This does not even compare to the rate of success found for visual human inspections, which is around 30-40% accurate.
Timely – A canine searching for bed bugs takes a fraction of the time that a visual human inspection would take. The canine will also be able to identify the exact location of the bugs to help exterminators, saving time and money.
Proven – A dog’s sense of smell is 1000 times greater than that of a human and with proper training, this fact can be used for good! (http://www.bedbugcentral.com/bedbugs101/ ) Canines have had careers using scent detection for decades including the detection of bed bugs.
The amount of time an inspection takes varies based on the size of the area that is being inspected. However, an average length of time per hotel room is around 2-3 minutes.
to download a pre-inspection checklist PDF.
Yes! BBI, LLC will absolutely do everything that we can to maintain your privacy. We understand that possibly having bed bugs is not a matter that is taken lightly or should be announced to the surrounding area. BBI, LLC will maintain confidential records and arrive for the inspection in an unmarked car.
Daisy and our handler are certified as a team by the National Entomology Canine Scent Detection Association (NESDCA). (www.nesdca.com
) Daisy was rescued by J&K Canine Academy and was trained specifically for scent detection of bed bugs for several months before certification. Our handler also went through a rigorous training process by J&K Canine Academy. (www.jkk9.com
No, Bed Bug Inspector, LLC will provide bed bug detection services only. An inspection service should differ from the business that exterminates if bed bugs are found. This eliminates the possibility for a conflict of interest. Daisy, our trained canine, does not alert to a bed bug if it is not there. Also, it does not benefit our company to find bed bugs as we do not accept finder’s fees from exterminators.
What options are there for treating bed bugs? – There are a few different methods available for the treatment of bed bugs. Ask around to several exterminating companies to find the best price and method for your situation. Some chemical methods may require a length of time all people should stay out of the treated rooms.
Can I get an extended guarantee? – Many exterminating companies will use chemicals to treat for bed bugs. A bed bug dog should inspect the areas in and around the treated area to ensure all bed bugs were eradicated. However, if chemicals are used, the guarantee should be extended from 30 days to 45-60 days as our bed bug dog cannot re-inspect for the first 30 days following chemical treatment.
Are they willing to work with a bed bug dog? – If an exterminating company is not willing to have a bed bug dog inspect the area, they may not be concerned with saving you money. If they do not get all of the bed bugs and you need to retreat after the guarantee, you will be paying for additional treatments, which is to their benefit.
Bed bugs are a rapidly growing problem in the United States and, specifically, in the central Ohio area. Bed bugs were nearly eradicated by the heavily used pesticides that are now banned, including DDT, due to harm to humans and other animals. The new wave of bed bugs has a resistance to these chemicals and is growing rapidly. Although bed bugs are not known to spread disease, they are a nuisance and humans are their ideal prey. A blood meal is required for each life stage of a bed bug to advance, so it is in their best interest to remain close to humans. They can do this by detection of heat and carbon dioxide.
Even one bed bug can turn into an infestation. One female bed bug can lay over 500 eggs throughout a lifetime. (http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/HTML/Bedbugs.htm
) After the eggs are laid, the bed bugs are ready to search for a blood meal in 4-12 days.
DO NOT SET OFF BOMBS! Setting off a bug bomb when you have bed bugs will only make them spread to other un-infested areas of your residence/business. This will end up requiring additional rooms to be exterminated, which can have a large price tag! It is best to call in a professional from the beginning that can help you isolate the infestation and eliminate the pests as soon as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about bed bugs and the necessary steps to eradication, there are many websites that have helpful information available. The CDC’s website (http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs
) provides detailed information on the biology of the bugs and links to articles.
NECSDA’s website provides additional information on the use of dogs to detect bed bugs (http://www.nesdca.com/).
Columbus Ohio Bed Bug Task Force’s website can provide unbiased information on bed bugs for the central Ohio region. (http://www.centralohiobedbugs.org/)
The price of an inspection can range based upon the size of the area that is being inspected. Please call or email to discuss the pricing for your specific needs.