We help homeowners to effectively detect the presence of bed bugs in homes, dormitories, retirement homes, apartment buildings and hotels.
Detection of Bed Bugs by Dogs
Man’s best friend has long been proven to be effective in detecting drugs and explosives, but he is just as effective when it comes to finding bed bugs!
The dogs’ ability even allows them to signal only live bugs or eggs and ignore dead ones. This is perfect if you have already treated your environment and the problem persists, or if you want to confirm that it has been dealt with.
Did you know?
Even with a thorough search, a human will only find between 40% and 60% of bedbugs, whereas a dog will achieve have a success rate of 90% to 95%.
And that’s not all! A dog can do the job in much less time. This translates into savings for you!
Bed bugs, a Real Problem
According to some studies, the MSSS estimates that approximately 40,000 Québec households have had bed bug problems, including 24,000 in Montréal alone in recent years. According to another study, 50% of people who have bed bugs are unaware of them. This suggests that the actual number of households with this problem is much higher!
The Detector Dog: Faster and more Efficient
Our dogs are much faster than humans at confirming or dismissing the presence of bed bugs, as they rely on their sense of smell. They can inspect up to 20 rooms in just 1 hour.
Detection is also completely objective. Our dogs never signal false positives. They only detect live bugs or eggs, all without having to move your furniture.
In the end, the costs of the inspection will be lower than those with an extermination company.
What is a Bed Bug?
- It is a parasite that feeds on human blood.
- They are more active at night than during the day. They avoid light!
- Adults are light brown, oval in shape, and can be between 4 and 7 mm long and 1.5 and 3 mm wide.
- Nascent individuals, or nymphs, are more transparent and pale; they are difficult to see.
- Bed bugs can survive in many conditions. They are resistant to heat and cold if the temperature does not change rapidly. Some even become resistant to chemical treatments.
- They normally feed every 5 to 10 days, but can survive up to 1 year without eating.
- A well-fed female can lay 3 to 4 eggs per day.
- Bed bugs do not jump and have difficulty climbing.
- They move at the speed of an ant.
How do I know if I have Bed Bugs?
Not everyone is bitten! Moreover, not everyone reacts to the bites.
Therefore, bedbugs can be present without bites on the skin.
Preventive inspection is important.
Bed bugs are found in or near beds, such as on the bed frame or headboard. However, they can hide almost anywhere during a heavy infestation or in places with several common rooms such as retirement homes.
Bed bugs can even be found in wall corners, mouldings, electrical outlets before a treatment and even after a treatment that did not work properly.
The most effective way to confirm their presence is to use a detection dog.
Dog detection, our specialty!
We are the company that performs the most dog detection in all areas in Québec. Detection dogs are our specialty!
For you, it is the assurance of obtaining an accurate and independent picture of the situation. We offer you peace of mind!
I Have Bed Bugs, What Should I Do?
If you have bed bugs, the next step is extermination. Extra precautions should be taken to ensure that they do not also end up in someone else’s home.
Even though we are not exterminators, we can help you find one. Here are the treatments available on the market to eliminate bed bugs. You can, of course, use several methods and use all the tools available to eradicate the problem.
Ideal for treating small problem areas such as a vehicle or a piece of furniture. The exterminator will use very hot steam to kill the bugs.
The exterminator will use a pesticide to eliminate these unwanted guests. This can be dangerous for us and our pets so it should be used with caution. However, this treatment lasts for some time.
This treatment is ideal if the bed bug problem has spread to several locations in the house or apartment. The exterminator will rapidly heat furniture, a room or even the entire house to kill the bugs.
Rapidly freezing clothes, books or other items that can tolerate cold temperatures.
What to do after a Bed Bug Treatment?
Did you just have your surroundings treated for bed bugs? We strongly recommend that you call in our team for a post-treatment inspection. It only takes one bug to survive for the problem to start all over again. That’s the last thing you want!
Our dogs will only signal the presence of live bugs or eggs. This way you will know if the treatment has worked and if the problem has been eliminated.