I have been working with and training insect detection dogs for over 20 years.
We started out by training dogs to detect termites and that went over really well. These dogs have been on numerous television shows over the years and have accomplished some amazing tasks.
How can a dog be trained to find Insects? A dog's sense of smell is their main sense. We as humans think in terms of vision because that is our main sense. When you go home after work and there is spaghetti cooking and you open the door you smell the spaghetti however the dog smells all of the ingredients of that spaghetti seperately almost like a rainbow.
We use beagles because they are small non-intimidating dogs and they naturally love to hunt. They can get into tight areas and are easily groomed. The fact that they are cute is also nice.
I have completed thousands of inspections using dogs to find termites and bed bugs with amazing results throughout Georgia and the U.S.A. . By using the dog as a tool we can pinpoint the area of infestation so that we can eliminate the infestation with little or no pesticide depending on the findings.
Call us today at 678-873-5785 to schedule an inspection!
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HISTORY OF BED BUGS
Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, but declined in incidence through the mid 20th century. Recently however, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence and worldwide there are reports of increasing numbers of infestations. There have been some anecdotal references that bed bug problems are on the rise because of increased tourism and changes in cockroach management shifting to an emphasis on using baits and reducing the use of liquid insecticides that may have coincidentally controlled bed bugs in the process.
Bed bugs are becoming a problem within residences of all kinds, including homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories and shelters. While we associate bed bugs with unsanitary conditions, the problem may be found in the cleanest of homes, hotels or other buildings. The purpose of this handbook is to provide basic information about the biology and health significance of these pests, to offer guidance on inspection for bed bugs, and to provide information on how to safely and effectively manage an infested residence or hotel.
Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are sometimes mistaken for ticks or cockroaches. A mature bed bug is oval-bodied, brown to red-brown in color, wingless and flattened top to bottom. Unfed bugs are 1/4 to 3/8 inch long and the upper surface of the body has a crinkled appearance. A bed bug that has recently fed is engorged with blood, dull red in color, and the body is elongated and swollen. Eggs are white and are about 1/25 inch long. Newly hatched bed bugs are nearly colorless or straw-colored.
Of the 90 or so species in the family Cimicidae approximately 7 will feed on human blood, but only 2 are commonly found: Cimex lectularius (bed bug) and Cimex hemipterus (tropical bed bug). However, some
species that are bird ectoparasites will bite humans who come into contact with infested bird nests.
Female bed bugs deposit 3 to 8 eggs at a time; a total of 200-500 eggs can be produced by one female over her 10 month life span. The eggs are 1/25 inch long and are slightly curved. They are usually deposited in clusters and fastened to cracks and crevices or rough surfaces near adult harborages with a sticky cement-type substance.
The eggs hatch in 4-12 days. The newly hatched nymph is nearly colorless or straw-colored before feeding, and then turns red or purple in color after taking a blood meal. Bed bugs go through 5 nymphal stages before reaching maturity. This usually takes 35-48 days. Nymphs look like small adults with the exception that adults have minute wing pads; females are larger than males. Nymphs can survive months without feeding and adult bed bugs can survive for 6-7 months without a blood meal. They have been known to live in abandoned houses for at least a year. Under favorable conditions (70-90° F), the bugs can complete development in as little as a month, producing three or more generations per year. Cool temperatures or limited access to a blood meal extends the development time.
Habits and Habitat
Bed bugs are active mainly at night; they reach peak activity before dawn. During the daytime, they prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices - especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces.
Bed bugs respond to warmth and carbon dioxide when searching for a blood meal, but not to odors. All nymphal stages and adults of both sexes require blood for nutrition and development. Bed bugs ordinarily feed within 24 hours of hatching, once between each molt and once before egg deposition; an average period of 8 days is required between molts. Adult females will continue to take blood meals every 3-4 days depending on ambient temperature and humidity. Bed bugs take up to 10 minutes to complete a blood meal, and will consume 2-5 times their own body weight in blood during that time. Individual bed bugs usually do not feed every night but at intervals of a few days to a week. Once a bed bug is finished feeding, it quickly retreats back to its hiding place. They do not remain on the host between feedings. Bed bugs may also feed on small animals, such as pets.
Note that an irritation or bite experienced in bed may not necessarily be due to a bed bug infestation. A bed bug infestation can be diagnosed by the identification of specimens collected from the infected residence. Collection of live or dead bed bugs, cast skins, and hatched or un-hatched eggs will verify an infestation. The presence of bed bugs in a dwelling should be suspected if there are fecal spots on the bed clothes and on potential harborage areas and the distinctive sweet, musty, sickly smell emitted by bed bugs is present. Blood-spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings is also often a tell-tale sign of an infestation
Sensor Dog Certification
We have an ongoing Quarterly Certification Program Available for Handlers throughout the U.S.
We come to your location and work minimum 2 days every Quarter.
We go on real inspections and make recommendations for improvement.
We do Calibration Exercises to make sure the Dog is properly Tuned in using a various amount of negatives and positives. We work on Flashlight Training Exercises and various other confidence building techniques. After each completed Certification you will be given an updated Certificate showing your ongoing success.
We have been training and working with K-9's to find Bed Bugs and Termites since 1984 !