Identifying bed bugs quickly and effectively a key aspect to a successful treatment.  Every room where bed bugs are thriving will need to be treated carefully.  Knowing exactly where bed bugs are hiding is very valuable knowledge and will give you or your customers peace of mind that treatments were correctly performed. The best way to achieve this is to hire a k-9 detection team to do a pre and post treatment inspections.

K-9 inspections have been performed for decades in crime investigations, drug bust, and bed bug treatment.  Dogs have highly sensitive noses that can sniff out substances with high accuracy.  Regardless of their tried and proven skills people still have questions and concerns about these services.  Below we have shed some light on FAQs regarding bed bug K-9 inspections.

 

How much more effective is a k-9 team over regular pest technicians’ visual inspection?

Even the best, most highly trained technicians are only about 30% accurate while performing visual inspections.  Humans can only inspect the areas they can easily see, which means that any bugs hidden inside furniture, walls, under carpets and are likely to go undetected.

K-9s, on the other hand, is up to 95% accurate.  Dogs are trained to only find live bed bugs and eggs, plus they can detect bugs living even where they can’t be easily seen.

 

How long with the inspection take?

For a standard room, you can expect a K-9 inspection to take 3-5 minutes.  For a human, that same room would take 20 minutes or more to complete.  Experienced K-9s have been known to search an entire hotel (up to 200 rooms) in 1 day.

 

Will a K-9 inspection hold up as a scientific instrument in a legal case?

This is a widespread question from business owners and managers.  Moreover, the answer is, Yes.  Trained and certified bed bug detection dogs are considered a scientific instrument and their findings will hold up in a court of law.  This could be the difference in owing thousands of dollars in settlements or walking away with a full wallet.  Legal cases can put companies out of business but adding an extra layer of support with k-9 inspections has saved countless businesses from going under.

 

How do I find a K-9 Detection team in my area?

This is where IBBRA is here to help.  We can help you find an experienced K-9 detection company near you.  Search for “Certified K-9 Detection” near you at https://ibbra.org/service-providers/.