In recent years, the war on bed bugs received a new ally in the form of dogs. The four-legged, tail wagging, tongue lolling partner can help determine whether a property has a bed bug problem or not. Some exterminators, as well as independent inspectors, have found that using dogs trained to sniff out and locate bed bugs can be a great asset to their business. The dogs, as long as they have the proper training, have noses powerful enough to sniff out a single bug, or even an egg, with an impressive accuracy of about 96%! You can find these dogs working throughout the country today.
The bed bug detection dogs are a nice way to help determine if a home, a hotel, motel, or other location has bed bugs. However, the dogs can only detect the bugs; they aren’t able to do anything about them. That’s where one will have to employ other techniques. When it comes to ridding one’s home of bed bugs, it is not always easy, and some of the things that you try may only offer a limited amount of help for the situation.
However, you can do some things on your own that are quite effective. Here are a few ways to go about it. You could add encasements to your pillows, your box spring, and your mattresses that make it impossible for bed bugs to get inside of them, and creating them into a nest. Using steam cleaners is a good way of knocking out a high percentage of the population, and you may want to use bed bug sprays as well. The combination of several different techniques can help you get a better handle on the problem, especially when you use the four-step protocol that we recommend for the problem.