How Much Is A Bed Bug Dog Inspection
Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs: The Truth about Canine Inspection
This golden retriever (named Jola) is sniffing for bed bugs under a mattress.
Thinking of hiring a trained dog to detect bed bugs? If so, it’s going to cost you about $350 regardless of whether the dog finds bugs or not.
Does scent detection work?
Below, we one visitor that claims it’s a waste of money and a K9 scent detection company’s response as to why it failed – but the general consensus is yes, it works extremely well, BUT only if:
- The dog trained by a reputable canine detection program for bed bugs only and not cross trained to detect other insects (reduces false positives)
- The handler is trained (accredited certification) to work with and understand alerts from the dog
- Dog can accurately detect as little as one or a few bed bugs
- Dog can detect live bed bug eggs
- The handler will work to confirm dog’s findings and point out the infestation
A university study on dogs that completed a special canine bug detection training program found they had a 97% accuracy rate, but they dogs from that special program. Unfortunately, some inspection services use this statistic to promote their services even though they never had the same training. Make sure the canine used is trained using an widely recognized program.
If the company is as good as they say, they shouldn’t have a problem providing you with a sealed pin-holed plastic vile containing a few live adult bed bugs that you can hide in a room for testing. They will explain that conducting the test near a vent or up high may prevent detection.
Below is Jenifer’s story on how sent detection repeatedly failed her.
Scent Detection That Didn’t Work
Jennifer’s bad experience & a canine detection company’s response
About 2 1/2- weeks ago I noticed my wrist itched at work. upon inspection, the bites looked and felt just like mosquito bites. When I got home later I inspected my body and counted 2 bites on my right finger (about 1/2 ” apart), 2 or 3 bites on my right wrist, and one bite on my left thigh (just above the knee).
Just to be on the safe side, the next morning I had an exterminator come and do an inspection of my home to make sure I was safe and pest free.
The exterminator who came to do the inspection told me that my bites looked a lot like classic bed bug bites and explained that he needed to do a thorough inspection of my house … especially of the bedrooms. He turned my house upside down looking for bed bugs. After a long search he said that he felt very certain that I did not have bed bugs and went on and on about all the telltale signs of bed bugs and how nothing in my home shows evidence of any (except for my bites!).
Anyway, after a week or so of bite free, restful sleeps in my bed, I woke up last Tuesday morning with 8 or 9 bites on my left wrist and arm! I was/am upset, disgusted, frustrated and in pain. I envy those who are not allergic to these awful bites. Consider yourselves lucky. The following morning, I called my dermatologist and he saw me that afternoon. My dermatologist said that he was 95% certain that I had bed bug bites and 100% certain that they are insect bites either way. At this point I am really starting to lose my mind. Not only have I spent $40 on a doctor visit copay, but $185 on pest inspection and nothing has changed: (
Now I have spent nearly 200 dollars, lost a lot of sleep, and look like I have some sort of a skin condition you could catch. not a pretty picture. I spent nearly all of Wednesday night becoming a web MD/expert on and about bed bugs. After doing all my online research while I was paralyzed by fear of falling asleep – I decided the smartest thing I could do is to hire special dogs to come and sniff the exact location bed bugs!
Okay, so I hired this company with hounds that only can identify the scent of bed bug. Scam? who knows? I certainly didn’t care because I was/ am so desperate to get these things out of my house! So here is what happened. Yesterday the man with the dog came over to my home. The dog goes up to the beds in my house and apparently really reacts to something on both the bed in my master bedroom and the bed in my guest-room. You can’t imagine how excited I am that I am THIS close to hard evidence of real, live, disgusting, blood sucking bed bugs! I am this close to a solution!
Okay, the bed bug dog, handler, and I go back to the bedrooms to hone in on the exact spots the dog reacted to. This way I can find out where I need to treat the infestation. The doggy is good and shows me the spot again. I look at the box spring and then at the guy and dog and say “Uh, okay- umm can we see them… or like one”? the guy tries to find one for me but goes on to say “how hard it is to find these little suckers” and “gosh they are just so sneaky”. Ughhh. My hope of the beginning of the end of bed bugs has quickly been deflated. All I can think to myself is what a crazy, gullible idiot I have turned into in a mere 2 weeks. I will not even say how much money I spent on this. It is shameful…
Believe it or not that was my day yesterday. C’mon people- HELP ME!
Response from the owner of a bed bug dog company
I own a Bed Bug dog scent detection company that detects the odor or LIVE bed bugs and viable eggs with the use of dogs. The team here at BadBedBugs contacted me to see if I could shed light on this matter for you.
I first want to start off by saying that using dogs to detect bed bugs is certainly not a scam. In fact, scientific studies have been done on the dogs to prove the accuracy of their findings. Now here is where that last sentence gets tricky. Yes, the University of Florida has done extensive studies in regards to the use of dogs and posted that their findings were that dogs were averaging 98% accuracy. But what you need to understand is that the University used dogs that were trained at special Canine Academy. And because the University released their report without discussing who’s dogs they used, now everyone with a bed bug dog now thinks they have the right to say that their dog is 98% accurate, when in fact, that statement is completely inaccurate.
All dogs should be single scent dogs and certified via a third party and not an in-house certification program.
Now onto the situation at hand….
I don’t know what the rules and regulations of the company you used are, but I will say this, when we do an inspection we rely 100% on the accuracy of the dog. If our handlers start second guessing our dogs, then that defeats the purpose completely. And so that you know, the extensive study that the University did stated that humans were only as high as 30% accurate in finding bed bugs. Which is the other reason we don’t search for them after the dog alerts.
Now, it is true, bed bugs can be elusive. especially if they are nymphs (babies). In some cases they can actually hide within the fabric of your bed making them almost impossible to find. Also keep in mind that they could be elsewhere in your living space. Nightstand, couch, chairs, carpet, clock radios, etc etc. And for that reason alone, this is why using a dog like the ones we use, are a perfect fit for your situation. Secondly, if you were able to just see them on your bed, then you wouldn’t need a dog to begin with.
I recently had a customer go through the exact same thing as you. She had 4 pest management companies come in and none of them found a single bug. She then called us in and the dog alerted us to bed bugs on each side of her mattress. I wrote in my report that the dog alerted to both sides of the bed and was also trying to crawl under the mattress. So I suggested that if her pest control company wanted to find them to look on the mattress and under the bed.
The customer called me back 2 days later crying saying that the pest control company did not find anything at all. I asked if the pest control company completely searched the bed and box springs. She said yes. I asked how and she told me they had flash lights out looking all around the bed. When I asked if they took the fabric off the bottom of the box spring she replied NO. I suggested to look there, as I stated before the dog was trying to crawl under the bed. She called me back 30 minutes later again in tears apologizing to me stating that she found the evidence she was looking for. At last, they identified bed bugs.
I truly hope this restores your faith in the accuracy of a trained dog’s ability to sniff out bed bugs.
Scent Detection That Worked Great
Mimi’s great experience where a bed bug sniffing dog did what the pest control companies couldn’t
Mimi hired pest control companies to help her find bed bugs and in the end, it was the bed bug sniffing dog that solved the problem! Her story is listed below:
My nightmare started exactly 2 weeks ago today. That is when I caught my first bed bug on my body around 2 am. I feel “lucky” that I caught the little *#%@ because I had suspected there may have been an issue a couple of weeks prior but could not find any of the evidence in my room or on/around my bed, sheets, box springs, night stands, curtains, picture over my bed, light sockets, etc.
Late November I had to go to Cincinnati for business and about 2 weeks later I received my first “spider” bite. It was the worst bite I have ever experienced! Red, extremely itchy, and swollen. About a week later, low and behold, I got another spider bite. a few days later 3 in a row on my elbow. I even went to my doctor because my boyfriend said it looked like MRSA. After the Dr swabbed the infected area, I told him I thought it could be bed bugs. He said Mimi, you do not have bed bugs.
Well, a week later is when I caught the thing red handed biting me in the middle of the night. That night it woke me up because my neck was itching so badly. I got up to see what was wrong with my neck when I spotted her on my white t-shirt. I freaked when I caught it because blood squished out of it’s body! That’s when I knew I had bed bugs. I put her in a plastic container and looked up images on the internet.
I had three pest control companies come out (Terminix, Orkin, and OPC Pest Control), all did what I thought was a thorough inspection but none of them found any bed bugs.
So next I called this guy in Northern Kentucky who has dogs that smell live bed bugs and their eggs. His dog identified a bag that contained my down comforter (I madly cleaned, vacuumed and bagged everything the day I found the bed bug).
Broke down my whole bed and vacuumed every crack and crevice of my furniture and light socket. I have been vigilant in my search for bed bugs, exoskeletons, larvae, and eggs but still cannot find anything except for that one bed bug I caught. I know that there must have been more than that one as I had 15 bites on my neck 2 weeks ago.
The bed bug dog handler said the one I caught was a female so I am waiting to see what happens in the nest 2 weeks.
It’s been 2 weeks today since my last bite but I still wake every night with nightmares of bed bugs crawling on my neck. I wake myself up scratching my neck but, thank God no bites…. yet! I am going crazy
I think I have caught this early and if I have total faith in the dogs, only my comforter was compromised but time will tell!
Wish me luck and I wish all of you luck as well as this is the most emotionally devastating experience I have gone through to date.
A bit about the bed bug sniffing dogs that were used.
The dog service was $360. For me it was worth it as I feel his dogs are well trained and were invaluable in helping to find their location in my house! I am keeping my fingers crossed as it’s been 3 weeks since I realized I had bed bugs and no bites!
He had two dogs. The first dog he called “the sweeper”. She is a black lab and she indicated the plastic garbage bag I had put my comforter in the night I found a bed bug. (He had opened all the black plastic garbage bags that I stuffed all bedding into so the dogs could get a whiff of them).
The second dog, a terrier, was brought in after the first dog and he said was his pin point dog also only indicated on the same bag. Both dogs went through the whole house (3 levels) and all closets, dresser drawers, and my car.
He lives 1 1/2 hours away from me so my charge was reflected in my bill. He had been a pest control specialist in the Cincinnati area before he got into training these dogs and he is very knowledgeable about bed bugs as he has had a lot of experience in the Cincinnati area.
I was a little skeptical at first but he told me there is no guarantee but, he has a lot of confidence in his dogs. As of now, I do as well!
Bed Bug Dogs
Why We Need Bed Bug Dogs
Everyone has heard the phrase, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The fact is
bed bugs are biting. Complaints continue to rise as the problem spreads across the globe.
What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs
Size and Feeding Habits
About the size of an apple seed, bed bugs hide in mattress seams, behind base boards, in furniture and anywhere else close to a human host. Bed bugs tend to emerge at night in search of a food source: human blood. After feeding, bed bugs can leave some people with itchy, red welts. While bed bugs are not known to cause disease, they can put your company’s reputation at risk.
Bed bugs are virtually impossible to prevent. They can thrive in spotlessly clean environments, overriding the best sanitation efforts.
How Bed Bugs Infest Property
These pests can hitchhike into your property on personal belongings, shipments, or even on your next guest. Bed bugs multiply at rapid rates. In just one month, two bed bugs can produce more than 150 offspring.
It takes just one incident to affect your business and impact your bottom line. That’s why your pest management partnership is so critical, and why a bed bug dog can help.
The Orkin Bed Bug Dog
Your New Partner in Pest Management
Bed bugs reproduce quickly, so it’s crucial to detect and treat for bed bugs early.
At Orkin, we continue to research and implement innovative, scientific pest management techniques to help protect your business. That’s why we have a team of trained canines ready to spot bed bug infestations.
Orkin’s bed bug detection dogs join our team of Ph.D.s, entomologists, and sanitarians, to provide an extra set of eyes and a keen sense of smell to help “spot” any bed bug problems you might face.
How Can Your Business Benefit from Bed Bug Sniffing Canine?
Here’s what to expect with the help of a bed bug dog:
- Accurate Results:Did you know that dogs have about 45 times more smell receptors than humans do? This keen sense of smell makes them the new experts on bed bug detection.
- Quick Detection:Bed bug canines can easily find the areas where bed bugs reside, and detect them quicker than their human counterparts. Faster detection can speed up the treatment process and allow you to get back to business as usual.
- Trusted by the Law:Working canines have a long history of expertise, especially when it comes to their most valuable tool – the nose. Federal, state, and local government agencies employ dogs for search and rescue missions. Law enforcement agencies also use canine units to detect drugs and sniff out bombs.
- Peace of Mind:Each Orkin Commercial Pest Specialist is a skilled service technician who has undergone formal accredited class work from Purdue University and is well versed in treatment techniques. The Orkin Man® plus The Orkin Dog – a formidable bed bug detection team.
Award Winning Training
No pest control company puts as much into training its pest specialists and bed bug dogs as we do.
Consistently appearing inTrainingmagazine’s Top 125 list, we at Orkin continue to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the pest control pack.
Rest assured, you’re getting the most cutting edge and effective bed bug dog management techniques delivered by knowledgeable, expert staff.
Call today to check availability for bed bug dog inspections and to get help with bed bug prevention and control.
Bed bug inspection
Bed bugs are a real threat to properties, as they are quite sneaky and can spread in a building, creating anxiety and potentially damaging your brand image. Also, when a bed bug problem exists for a while without action being taken, it is harder to control, so it’s crucial to detect it as soon as possible. If you have seen signs that suggest bed bugs could be present, you should get in touch with a pest control company for an inspection at the first chance you get.
Ehrlich conducts thorough inspections that will assess whether bed bug activity is present, we have a great depth of expertise in bed bug control, and we can tailor our treatments toward your needs. Although you may think you can tell whether these pests are inside by yourself, you may miss hiding places or signals that they are there. The Ehrlich inspector who visits your home or business will be trained in bed bug inspection, so you can be confident that any problems will be caught.
How to inspect for bed bugs
When Ehrlich does bed bug inspections, we look for some signs that indicate they could be present. Red flags include:
- Fecal spots – on a soft surface they can look like marks from a fabric marker and on a hard surface they can look like a black bump.
- Shed bug bug skins – bed bugs shed their skin multiple times during their lives.
- The actual bed bugs – learn more about bed bug identification here.
- Blood spots on pillowcases and sheets – this comes from human blood.
You should look for these signs as well around your property so you can tell whether you need to contact a pest control professional. Also, if you’re traveling and notice any bed bug warning signs at a hotel or other location, speak up about the issue.
Bed bug inspection cost
How Ehrlich conducts a bed bug inspection
Before you have a bed bug inspection with Ehrlich, it is helpful to know what to expect. One of our representatives will speak with you about your issue. The Ehrlich representative may ask you about the factors that suggest you are dealing with a bed bug problem and the areas where you and other property inhabitants sleep or spend a lot of time sitting so we know where to inspect. The inspection will begin in a place where people within the property sleep, rest or sit – commonly this will be your bed. It could also include a couch or a reclining chair.
Ehrlich provides bed bug inspections for both residential and commercial properties, so whether you own a home or operate a hotel, hospital or other business, we can assess your situation and figure out the best way to solve it. The amount of time needed for the inspection will depend on the number of places that bed bugs could be infesting. You can expect to receive a thorough inspection but we remain respectful of your time and aim to work in an efficient manner.
You should not need to prepare much for the bed bug inspection; however, please remove trash or dirty laundry that happens to be lying around.
After the bed bug inspection
If we have found bed bug activity during the inspection, we will usually make an appointment for treatment to take place on a separate date. Ehrlich provides bed bug services that include conventional treatment and heat treatment. We can determine the solution that best fits your circumstances and takes care of the issue.
Additionally, Ehrlich offers canine bed bug inspections, so if you are interested the use of a bed bug dog, get in touch with us to see if this service is available in your area.
Attempting to eliminate bed bugs without the proper training or materials is not likely to work, so your best step is to alert a pest control company right away if you think bed bugs have invaded your home or business. Still, it’s smart to learn more about the habits of these bugs and their appearance so you can avoid problems or spot them before the issue becomes worse.
Ehrlich is a great choice for bed bug inspection, so reach out today if you suspect these pests have entered your premises.
Bed Bug Inspection Pricing
How much does a Canine bed bug inspection cost?
The price of a bed bug inspection has remained reasonably steady for the past five years at between three hundred and four hundred dollars for a visit to a standard fully-detached home. Depending on the area to be inspected, the price of the inspection may change relative to the amount of time it will take to perform the service. For instance, conducting a canine bed bug inspection in a small apartment takes less time than inspecting a large retirement home. The fee charged for the inspection depends primarily on the amount of time that it will take to do a thorough inspection in the entire property.
Is there a reduction in fee of a canine bed bug inspection if multiple units are done?
We often perform our bed bug detection services in large multi-residential apartment buildings. When conducting these types of inspections the cost of the service is reduced according to how many units will be inspected.
What other factors affect the price of a canine bed bug inspection?
There are a number of other factors that may affect the price of a canine bed bug inspection. The distance that must be travelled to the inspection site being one of them. Generally speaking, if the inspection site is located within a reasonable distance from the Greater Toronto Area – say, inside of 100 KM, the price of your inspection will not change. Should you require the K9 team to travel outside of that area, an additional fee will be applied to cover the extra time and travel cost associated with attending your location.
Is the cost of a K9 bed bug inspection worth it?
By having a canine bed bug detection team search your property for bed bugs you are getting the benefit of the very latest in bed bug detection technology. Should bed bugs be detected you will have the advantage of finding out early which, in many cases, enables you to address the bed bug problem before it has a chance to manifest itself into a much larger problem.
Bed bug extermination companies in the Toronto area are working furiously to address the increase in bed bug infestations seen in the city. The bed bug problem continues to grow extremely quickly and there is generally a shortage of true experts in the field of bed bug extermination. Finding a bed bug problem in the early stages makes it easier for your pest control professional to fix the problem. The longer a bed bug problem is allowed to grow, the harder it is to eradicate it.
By having a bed bug dog team inspect your home you may actually save thousands of dollars in extermination costs. This is not always the case but it does happen enough to play a significant part in the whole picture.
WHO WE ARE
Canine Detection and Inspection Services (CDIS)is a reputable, highly-trained group of professionals you can rely on for timely and accurate bed bug inspection services. CDIS guarantees to arrive at your property with a discreet, clean, healthy and professionally trained bed bug detection dog. Our certified canine handlers and bed bug detection dogs train on scent discrimination every day in order to provide you with cutting edge bed bug inspection services. We have the largest team of NESDCA certified handlers located in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
WE HAVE YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND
CDIS is an inspection and detection company only and does not provide bed bug treatment services. We believe this independent review provides a great value to our clients as we do not have a vested interest in the outcome of each inspection. We are an unbiased, third-party advocate that can provide you with actionable data to help you make decisions for your property.
EXPANDING OUR SCENT DETECTION CAPABILITIES
Over the last eight years, we have been recognized as an industry leader in bed bug scent detection. Also during that time, our technical experts have continued to seek out the additional areas where canine scent detection can add value to the public and to the marketplace. One of these areas we have expanded into is Conservation Scent Detection.
Conservation Scent Detectioninvolves utilizing a dog’s keen sense of smell and close bond to a human partner to aid in preserving, restoring, and protecting our environment and the plants, animals, and people that share it. Three specific areas of focus include:
- Energy Industry Detection
- Invasive Species Detection
- Endangered Species Detection