I have a lovely new neighbor (Hi Janey! If you are reading this!). I was telling her a little bit about our lice, scabies, and bedbugs business and she gave me some very interesting information – did you know there are bedbug sniffing dogs?
In the footsteps of Veruca Salt who says (when she wants a trained squirrel) “All I’ve got at home is one pony and two dogs and four cats and six bunny rabbits and two parakeets and three canaries and a green parrot and a turtle, and a silly old hamster!”…I WANT a bedbug sniffing dog!
Janey saw the dogs at an airport as she was traveling to some far off exotic location, well er, Charlotte. I had to know more.
Reported to be one of the the most effective tools in detecting bedbugs, the bug sniffing dogs are in demand across the United States and not just at airports. These dogs have sniffed out bugs in private homes, movie theaters, offices, and hotels. The cost to use these dogs can range anywhere from $250 to $800 and up depending upon the size of the area they are searching.
The dogs are able to detect the pheromones that the bedbugs give off. I looked at a few pictures of these dogs in action and they point with both their nose and their paw when bedbugs are detected. Trainers then should search the spot and be able to show you signs of bedbug infestation.
Hmmm…maybe I can teach my old dog a new trick? Come ‘ere girl!