How Cimex K9 is raising the bar with their Bedbug K9 Detection Program...

By Keith Coddington

First of all,  we would like to make it clear that we are not trying to bad-mouth our competitors or their program.  We are simply informing our consumers that there is an enormous difference between our program and our local competitor.  We have a genuine concern regarding the future use of bedbug detection dogs as others in Arizona are using and maintaining the dogs incorrectly.  Operating an accurate and successful detection dog program takes an enormous amount of work, expertise and knowledge.

Q: Who Trained the K9s?

A: We train dogs from start to finish.

Q: Who trained the handlers?

A: We train handlers and match them with a K9 that suits them.

Q: Who certified the search teams?

A: The USA Detector Dog Association which is an independent third party certifies our Canine Teams.

Q: How are the search teams certified?

A: The Canines are certified in accordance with the National Pest Management Association's guidelines for bed bug detection dogs.

Q: How much experience in detection dog work?

A: Dog behavior and training is our specialty and always has been.  We have been in the business for many years.  Our President and founder has been handling detection dogs for years.   Before bedbug dogs he trained and operated a private narcotic detection K-9 company and still operates Natural Instincts, a dog training / behavior business and Interquest Detection Canines of Arizona, a contraband detection dog business.

Q: How are the search teams maintained?

A: Teams that we have trained and maintain are worked with on a daily basis with our detection dog trainer to insure we are setting the new standard in pest detection.  We have the skills, experience and knowledge to deal with common problems like false alerts or failure to detect odor.

Q: How does the detection dog program compare to a government agency or police department that uses detection dogs?

A: After the K9s are trained the search team handler course can take from several weeks to months before the team is certified.  Additionally our program of training, maintaining and certification goes above and beyond any typical government agency’s guidelines.

Facts About A Dogs Nose

By Keith Coddington

Black Labrador Puppy·         From a single drop of urine a dog can learn that animal's diet, health, sex, mental state, whether it is friendly, dominant or submissive.

·         The average dog has 200 to 250 million scent receptors in their nose.  Humans have approximately 5 million scent receptors.

·         The average dog has approximately 7 square meters of nasal membranes.  Humans have about one half of a square meter.

·         A dog's scent of smell is so effective at detecting extremely diluted odors that even the most sophisticated scientific instruments cannot measure these diluted odors.

·         Dogs can discriminate between different odors which makes it impossible to cover up or hide an odor with another.

·         Dogs see a 3-D image of odors which is much more detailed than what human's see with their eyes.

Why use a Bedbug Dog?

By Keith Coddington

Dog's NoseDetection 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.