By Keith Coddington
Detection dogs have been working for police departments and various government agencies around the world for decades. They have time and time again proven themselves as an effective and reliable tool for locating various items such as illegal drugs, cell phones in prisons, termites, cancer cells on humans, explosives and even bedbugs.
Research at Auburn University'sVeterinary School, shows working canines can detect a few odor molecules per billion parts of air. To illustrate this point, it would be comparable to a person being able to locate one specific grain of sand in a thirty (30) square foot section of beach.
Not only do detection dogs have the ability to perceive minute levels of a substance, they also separate discrete odors. For example, people smell pizza whereas a detection canine smells flour, tomato, onion, mushroom, peppers, cheese, and pepperoni. With this ability to distinguish individual odors, detection canines are trained to ignore extraneous smells and key on bedbugs.
Bedbugs are very elusive and it is almost always impossible for a human to find every last bug with visual inspections. By using a bedbug detection dog the treatment is able to be applied directly to the effected areas and there is no need to treat other areas that are free from the infestation. This can cut the costs of the treatments dramatically.
Bedbug dogs can be used extremely effectively as a preventative. Knowing that your home, hotel, hospital or apartment is bedbug free is a very comforting thought. Periodic inspections with a bedbug dog can locate an infestation before it quickly gets out of control and causes a major problem.
Bedbug dogs work very fast and can search a room for bedbugs in a fraction of the time it would take a technician to visually inspect the area. These highly trained canines are very hard working and depending on the room a bedbug dog can search 100-200 rooms in one day.
Bedbug detection dogs are the most technologically advanced tool in the world used to locate as little as one bedbug. Using these highly trained canines along with a specialized treatment is the most effective way to keep the bedbug problem under control.