Video Courtesy of the University of Florida
Why use a Dog?
- A dog specifically trained for bed bug detection will give you quicker and more accurate results.
- Dogs have been used for years by law enforcement and the government to detect bombs, drugs and locate missing persons.
- Dogs are loyal and honest- they work only for food and attention, there is no hidden agenda.
- Dogs properly trained and certified are recognized in court as a "scientific instrument".
- Dogs can track a scent through snow, air, mud, water, ash and even a pile of laundry.
- Dogs help you "go green"
- Dogs require less time than human inspectors
- Research has proven their ability to discriminate live bugs and viable eggs from dead bugs, fecal matter and cast skins
- Dogs are efficient at finding live bed bugs at low infestation levels
- Field evidence shows that one viable vs non-viable stage egg can be detected
Why NESDCA Certfication is Important:
- NESDCA was formed by pest control professionals to ensure the highest standards for entomology scent detection canines are upheld.
- Committed to requiring all entomology scent detection K-9 teams obtain accreditation before performing inspections.
NESDCA is Committed to:
Uniting and assisting all entomology scent detection canine teams in the training and continued improvement of all entomology scent-detecting work dog teams, regardless of who the team was trained by.
Improving the image of the entomology scent-detecting canine team.
Educating consumers about the benefits of using properly trained entomology scentt detecting dog teams in the process of locating, and eradicating pest problems.
Contributing to and participating in entomology related research
Sherlock & Shaggy's Training:
- Training staff with over 80 years of experience
- Over 10 years of research and development with the University of Florida
- 6000 sq. ft. state of the art (NESDCA),(USDA), and (IACUC) accredited facility
- Training method has been independently tested and consistently proven to be 97% accurate
- Currently the only training program in the world independently studied, tested and published
About Bed Bugs:
- Feed on blood- prefer humans but can feed on animals
- Will leave dark fecal spots on mattresses, clothing, walls etc...
- Feed generally at night
- Will travel up to 20 feet to feed and occasionally further
- Can go up to 1 year without feeding
- Average lifespan is 18 months depending on temperature and environment
- Feed 3-5 times per week
- Hide during the day
- Scent glands emit a sweet odor
- Transported to new locations by "hitchhiking" on luggage, used furniture or clothing
- Can migrate to a new location through pipes, wiring runs and ventilation systems
- A female can lay 10-20 eggs per week (500-1000 eggs per year)
Potential Financial Impact from Bed Bugs:
- Lost income for hotel rooms and apartments that cannot be occupied
- Room refunds or rent reduction
- Cleaning costs
- Replacement of infested furniture
- Loss of income due to damaged reputation
- Litigation and settlements