Turns out Sniffer Dogs are not just used for drugs, fugitives or explosives they can also detect bed bugs. Who knew?
A dog's nose contains more than 300 MILLION scent receptors with humans only having 30 million. This has made them highly valuable for discerning a bed bug infestation the is current or had earlier issues. They can smell carcasses, the shedded shells and skin, and spot fecal matter.
Unlike human detection, the dog can assess a normal bedroom in just minutes. Baseboards and under carpet detection is so much easier for the dog than us humans. A human exterminator, with years of experience, correctly detects only 30% of the time, and the dogs can sniff out bug pheromones with around 96% success ratio.
The one downfall to these sniffers is that if the infestation is above their head, they may not pick up the bed bugs. That's where humans can shine as we can see them.
It takes 800 to 1000 specialized hours to qualify for certification in Bed Bug Sniffing. They start training them anywhere from 8 to 12 months old. Like with most training facilities, the selected area is staged with bedrooms and bugs are put into the same hiding spots that bed bugs like to inhabit.
Handlers know that when the dog sits down and points its nose towards the infected area, it has a presence of bed bugs. Homes are not the only places they are trained for. They also search schools, buses, all transportation means, movie theatres, and public buildings.
Beagles, Bloodhounds, Jack Russel Terriers, Labs, and Border Collies are the prime breeds to train for this insect. Smaller dogs are easier to lift if there is an area they cannot reach.
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