Proper preparation of your home or apartment is one of the most important steps to ensure an accurate canine bed bug inspection.
Here’s what you need to know and do before hiring bed bug sniffing dogs to find (or rule out) a potential bed bug infestation.
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Canine Bed Bug Inspections
Suspecting bed bugs in your home? MMPC’s special K9 inspectors are here to help!
Our specially-trained bed bug-sniffing dogs are certified professionals, and they’re routinely tested to keep their detecting skills well-honed.
If you suspect you might have a bed bug problem, a canine bed bug inspection will sniff out the answers to these questions for you:
- Do you really have bed bugs?
- Where are they hiding?
- How bad is the infestation?
In order for our certified canine teams to successfully locate signs of bed bugs and their hiding places, it’s imperative that you prepare your home properly prior to inspection.
How To Prepare For a Canine Bed Bug Inspection
Our canine bed bug inspectors prefer a controlled environment in order to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis possible.
You can support our teams by treating our dogs similar to the way you treat service animals for the duration of their inspection. They are working, and though they will likely appreciate pats, rubs, and loves from you, it will distract them from doing their job.
Other household conditions that may seem harmless or even helpful can also distract our bed bug dogs.
The following is a list of things you should do prior to and during your inspection that will help us help you:
1. Remove Odors
- Do not cook anything that will leave a strong, lingering aroma prior to the inspection. Bacon is a common culprit, for example. This can mask the scent of bed bugs and make it hard for the canine to focus on the correct scent, let alone locate it.
- Extinguish all smoking materials and empty ash trays 2 hours prior to the inspection.
- All pets (besides fish in a tank) should be off-site for the inspection.
- Avoid using strong cleaning agents or rubbing alcohol. The use of overpowering cleaning agents or rubbing alcohol can impact the canine’s sense of smell and their ability to detect bed bugs.
- The use of chemical pesticides in the 30 days prior to inspection can mask the scent of bed bugs and can be harmful to the canines.
2. Remove Distractions
- Air-conditioners, forced-air heaters and fans should be turned off and windows should be closed to minimize air movement and outside noise. Air movement could take our pups off the scent and make it harder for them to locate the source of the bed bugs.
- Pet food, food dishes, and toys can distract our canines as well. Please be sure to stow these away prior to the inspection.
3. Give Access
- Leave recently used luggage or travel bags out and opened for inspection. Travel bags are a common way for bed bugs to make their way into your home.
- Clear treatment areas of clutter. Clutter will hinder the search by preventing the handler and canine from accessing bed bug hiding spots.
- Pull furniture, especially beds and headboards, away from the perimeter of the room(s) so our teams can carefully inspect the baseboards which are frequent hiding places for these pests.
MMPC — Canine Bed Bug Inspections in New York
At MMPC, our NESDCA-certified bed bug detection dogs are able to accurately detect the scent of live bed bugs, as well as viable bed bug eggs.
Their partners and handlers have logged over 1,000 hours each and understand first-hand how to conduct a comprehensive inspection for each case they handle.
Bed bugs are very adaptable and regularly travel up to 20-feet from their hiding places during their nocturnal routine. The cracks and crevices that provide safe havens for these pests can be easy to miss, even for experienced inspectors.
Canine scent detectors can locate hiding places more accurately than a solely visual inspection, catching things their human companions may have missed.