Bed bugs are an increasing issue in London, and a growing concern across the rest of the UK.
Sniffer dogs are a relatively new tool in the battle against bed bugs. These pests naturally omit a scent, which can be detected by sniffer dogs and used to locate the specific areas of concern.
This fantastic method of detection can be a vital factor in successful eradication, especially for businesses, like hotels, hostels, universities, schools and other large establishments.
Why Use a Bed Bug Detecting Dog?
Sniffer dogs are so sensitive to the smell of bed bugs that they are regarded as the most effective method of detection; with a success rate of around 98%-99%.
In the initial stages of an infestation, even a professional pest controller can find it difficult to confirm an active bed bug problem.
This is because the pests are so discreet, hiding away in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs are tough to see too, with nymphs and eggs almost invisible to the naked eye.
As sniffer dogs rely solely on their excellent sense of smell, they provide far more accurate findings. In addition, a bed bug sniffer dog survey is quicker than a technician survey, and far less intrusive.
A technician will often need to lift mattresses and beds, or even take apart furniture, to confirm an infestation of bed bugs.
Sniffer dogs, in comparison, will simply smell the room for a few minutes before providing an accurate assessment.
Advantages of Sniffer Dog Bed Bug Detection for Hotels
- Before sniffer dogs, hotels would treat a room for bed bugs only when receiving a complaint
- Bed bugs often infect multiple rooms at once, causing numerous complaints & call outs
- By coupling treatment of the areas, with a survey of the property, the full extent of the infestation can be seen and treatment can be given.
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Getting Rid of Bed Bugs from Your Business or Home
- To achieve total eradication of bed bugs, it is vital the whole infestation is targeted
- If just a part of the problem is treated, the remaining pests will continue to spread
- This means the pests are more likely to return in full force just a few weeks after the initial treatment.
How Does a Sniffer Dog Survey for Bed Bugs Work?
A sniffer dog’s sense of smell is so acute they can pick up the scent of bed bugs (a sweet smell, similar to that of almonds) even if the infestation only consists of a single bug or egg.
This means the dog can confirm treatment is required, even in the early stages of an infestation. Better still, they can locate exactly where to target.
The trainer will lead the sniffer dog through the areas or rooms in question. This process only takes a few minutes and, once the dog has picked up the scent of a bed bug, they will alert the technician and pinpoint the infected area.
The technician will then take note of the area, before the dog and trainer move onto the next room and repeat the process.
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Guaranteed Total Bed Bug Eradication
When it comes to bed bugs, we advise all rooms are treated to avoid the problem recurring. The most effective way to do this is with heat treatment.
If it is not practical to treat all of the rooms within a property, for example in a large hotel, then we suggest using sniffer dogs to locate where the infestation is present so these areas can be treated.
It is a good idea for an establishment, such as a hotel, to complete regular bed bug sniffer dog surveys, as this will catch infestations early and prevent complaints or bad reviews.
JG Pest Control is the leading bed bug eradication company in the country and provides professional sniffer dog surveys as a one-off or on a recurring basis. For guaranteed bed bug removal, call us now on 0207 1838 906 .