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Certified Canine Bedbug Detection
Bed Bugs! EWW!
Bed bugs can be found anywhere. They are not a sign of uncleanliness and they aren’t attracted to dirt and grime. Travel is the most commonly recognized source of infestation. Bed bugs “hitchhike” on people, luggage, or other personal items. They can also come from boxes – whether from online shopping or in person!
While they are not known to transmit or spread disease, they do bite humans, causing itchy, irritating bites. There can also be secondary infections of the bites.
Bed bugs are extremely difficult to treat on your own. Unfortunately most over the counter remedies work only on direct contact and even with direct contact don’t always kill the bugs and won’t affect eggs at all. It is advisable to hire a professional, both for detection and treatment. They know where they are likely to hide and they are knowledgeable about the habits and life-cycle of bed bugs.
Why Use Dogs?
Canine inspections outmatch human inspections because visual inspections are unreliable. Using scientifically proven methods, dogs have an accuracy rate of 95% whereas a visual inspection, even by trained pest control operators, are estimated to only be about 35% accurate. Besides the accuracy of the canines, they are also able to complete an inspection in a fraction of the time of a visual inspection, with virtually no disruption to the home or business.
Because a dog has such a keen sense of smell, they detect the presence of the odor from live bed buds and viable eggs in places that a person can’t see. Additionally, the dogs are trained to only identify bed bugs, so they don’t alert on others scents such as mold or other insects. An inspection by a dog is quick, accurate and non-invasive. A pest control specialist can take hours to inspect a single hotel room, whereas a dog can inspect the same room in 2-3 minutes, with a much higher accuracy rate.
About Scentsational Hounds
Scentsational Hounds, LLC has been independently owned since 2009. Our dogs and their handler are trained by J&K Canine Academy, the only training facility using scientifically proven training methods for the detection of live bed bugs and viable eggs. All teams are certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA). We train daily with live bed bugs and attend advanced canine workshops to ensure handler and canines keep up with current techniques. We re-certify annually to be sure our standards remain at the highest level to ensure the best possible inspection.
Scentsational Hounds provides a discrete, affordable and timely service for hotels, motels, offices, apartment complexes, camps, vacation rental properties, retail stores, libraries, nursing and assisted living and independent care facilities, hospitals, emergency service vehicles, shelters, dormitories, private residences and more. Our hounds detect the odor of live bed bugs and viable eggs. This information is then shared with a pest control specialist so they know where to focus their treatment.
Our service area includes the Denver metro area and all of Colorado. We also travel to other states, and currently have done inspections in over 20 states! Please contact us for information on out-of-state inspections.
Please use this form to contact us if you have questions or to request a quote. You may also call us at (970) 261-0164.