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Why Are Dogs The Best Way To Sniff Out Bed Bugs?

When it comes to bed bugs in St. Louis, there is only one thing that matters...getting rid of them ASAP! Whether you are a home or business owner in Mid-Missouri it is important that you have the knowledge and tools necessary to detect bed bugs early on, before they wreak havoc. Today, the leading method in finding bed bugs is the use of bed bug detecting canines. At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we wanted to share a little insight as to why K9 bed bug inspections are the preferred method of bed bug detection.


It may seem odd at first that dogs are preferred over humans to inspect a room for bed bugs. But when you think about how dogs have been used to find drugs, bombs, even people it’s really not all that strange. Dogs have a much better ability to detect scent than humans, they have the ability to sniff out things not easily seen by the human eye, i.e. tiny bed bugs and their eggs.

Since bed bugs can hide just about anywhere including behind walls, under carpets, they are easily missed when searching with the naked eye. Trained bed bug dogs on the other hand do not rely on their eyes but their superior nasal receptors which allow them to locate the presence of bed bugs with an accuracy rate of over 90%. Note: human inspections are only about 40-60% accurate.

Another reason that K9s are the best tool for detecting bed bugs is because they are much more efficient than humans and can complete a thorough inspection in less than 5 minutes. When a trained bed bug control professional enters a room to inspect for bed bugs, he/she must inspect individual pieces of furniture, move items around and be more hands on which can be quite time consuming. But trained K9s can sniff out an entire room (with high accuracy) in just 2-3 minutes and with way less disruption to a room.

If you believe that your home or business may have a bed bug infestation, or if you just want to be sure that you are in fact free of such pests, be sure to contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today to learn more about our bed bug control in St. LouisMid-Missouri and parts of Illinois. And keep in mind that even if our bed bug dog and handlers do confirm a bed bug problem, our St. Louis pest control team can help. In addition to K9 bed bug inspections, we also offer comprehensive bed bug treatments including bed bug heat treatments and ongoing service programs. Don’t let the bed bugs bite, call Rottler!

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