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Are Bed Bug Detection Dogs A Real Thing?

Pest control technology is constantly evolving. The industry is always coming up with new methods for destroying pests, just as fast as they can spread and multiply. Surprisingly, even dogs are being enlisted in the battle against pests. Yes, believe it or not, pest controllers now have bed bug detection dogs at their disposal.

Background facts about bed bug detection dogs

Dogs are used for many purposes, such as finding bombs or drugs. They are able to do this because of their incredible sense of smell. This is the reason why bed bug detection dogs are also able to find these pests in unusual hiding places.

You see, if you’ve ever dealt with bed bugs, you’ll know that they have a highly specific smell. This often manifests as a musty odour, but can also smell sweet or acidic. The reason why bed bugs give off this smell is because of pheromones, which they emit when communicating with each other. Just like drug sniffing dogs, bed bug detection dogs are trained to detect this odour.


There are several breeds of dog that are used for this job, the most common being Beagles and Labradors. There are many advantages to using these dogs. The biggest is that they are highly efficient. While it may take a human quite a while to find bed bugs, these dogs can do the same job in minutes. The dogs are also highly accurate. In fact, studies have found that these dogs have a 95-97% accuracy rate.

There are some drawbacks to using this method

For example, the dog’s accuracy rate will depend on its training. There are also other factors, such as whether or not the handler interprets the dogs signals correctly. Ultimately, though, these dogs are highly effective when it comes to fighting bed bugs. They can be very useful for checking for bed bugs in hotel rooms and hostels, or in large buildings where inspecting individual areas would be almost impossible due to the amount of time it would take. This is especially true when bed bugs are hiding in cracks and crevices, and in out of the way places.

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Once the dog has discovered the presence of these pests, humans can then take over. In most cases, this means employing some type of bed bug control measure such as heat treatments or fumigation. These treatments are now the industry standard when it comes to exterminating bed bugs. They basically work by heating up the area where these pests are living, or fogging the area to kill the insects.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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