It has long been known that dogs have great noses, and that they are highly intelligent. That combination makes dogs invaluable as detectives. For years, dogs have been utilized to sniff out things like bombs, drugs, fugitives, cadavers, and more; but did you know that they can also be very useful in pest control? It’s true! Because dogs have anywhere from 20 to 40 times more nasal receptors than humans do, their little snouts can identify the tiniest of smells - even the scent of bugs such as termites and bed bugs. As little as a few parts per billion are all it takes for these amazing canines to detect a scent and signal its presence.
So, how exactly does this help you with your fight against bed bugs?
It’s simple. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, our bed bug team is able to enter your home or business and ‘track’ bed bugs. Not only is it much faster than human detection (3 to 5 minutes as opposed to 20 minutes or more); but our dogs also have the capability of pinpointing the infestation with a 90% accuracy rating. Our dogs are trained at the nation’s leading detection dog training facilities, and they are certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).
What does this mean for you?
Well, it means that if you live in our service area of St. Louis and Mid-Missouri you can reap the benefits of our highly trained dogs. These amazing canines can save you time, money, and aggravation if you think that bed bugs have chosen your home or business to invade. Our canine team can enter your establishment without disturbing a thing – no moving of heavy furniture, rummaging through drawers or turning back sheets. Within minutes you will know for certain if bed bugs are present and where they are hiding out. If our dogs hit on bed bugs on your property, we can quickly move into action to eliminate them – before they escape and spread.
It is no secret that bed bug incidents have risen dramatically over the past decade here in the United States, and there is no sign that that trend is going to change anytime soon. The best defense is a good offense and quick action when bed bugs appear.
What can you do?
Our canine units are a huge step forward in your battle with bed bugs, but there are also some practical steps you can take to be more aware of bed bugs and to avoid becoming their unwilling transportation. Here are a few:
When you leave your home, be sure to be vigilant to look for the signs of bed bugs as you travel. Watch for things like brown or red smudges on seats or seams or the bugs themselves.
In hotel rooms search dark corners of closets or behind dressers and picture frames with a flashlight, turn back sheets and check seams and mattress for dark spotting or staining, and look at electrical outlets for signs of brown or black streaking.
Never place your clothing in the dresser, and keep your luggage off the floor by placing it on the luggage stand. Shoes should never be placed under the bed or in the closet, but keep them out in the open as bed bugs tend to migrate into dark places.
Be aware that bed bugs show up anywhere that people frequent. You can pick up these creatures at stores, dorms, hotels, hospitals, libraries, and schools, among others. They can be found in taxis, planes, trains, buses, boats, and other modes of transportation too.
Awareness is key.
Keep bed bugs in the forefront of your mind whenever you leave your home and be cautious, but if you find that you have hosted bed bugs, give us a call. With our Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions K9 unit, those bed bugs hiding in your home will be found quickly and efficiently.