Why Canine Scent Detection?
Trained scent detection dogs have been around for years. They’re used in a variety of very effective ways – like sniffing out drugs, bombs and termites. So why not bed bugs?
A certified, well-trained bed bug dog can detect and identify the presence of just one bed bug. They can also discern the difference between live bed bugs and active eggs from dead bed bugs or the remnants of a past bed bug extermination.
Some scent detecting bed bug dogs are trained to detect multiple scents like mold and bed bugs, for example. This can lead to some false positive finding and lowered accuracy, as it can be near impossible to tell if the canine has detected one scent over another. However, Bed Bug Solutions certified bed bug dogs teams are single-scent trained, meaning they have only been trained to identify the presence of bed bugs – not other scents that may also be present and causing interference.
Our Bed Bug Scent detecting dogs work by sniffing out areas of the home that bed bugs are likely to be in and unlikely for a human to find, like in an outlet, behind a baseboard or hidden along a carpet tack strip.
Once our canine detects the scent of bed bugs, the trained human partner then works to verify the finding with a visual positive identification of live bed bugs. This could involve removing the mattress and box spring, taking off the outlet switch or carefully going through a pile of stuffed animals, for example.
Scent detection by Bed Bug Canines add a whole new dimension to the inspection. Bed bugs that might escape visual detection by a human may be detected by a bed bug sniffing dog and vice versa. The more bed bug detection tools we can deploy for you, the more likely we are to detect infestations early when bed bugs are the easiest to control.
The National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) is the only accredited bed bug training facility in the U.S. They train not only the scent-detecting canines, but also their human counterparts. Doing so ensures that each pair can work as a united team with high results.
The standards that are being utilized by NESDCA are based upon research on canine scent detection conducted by scientists at The University of Florida, Department of Entomology. This association provides the insurance that the training facilities, training methods, and dog/handler teams have met the high standards set by NESDCA.
Who Is Leroy?
Leroy is Bed Bug Solutions top dog! As one of the best bed bug sniffing dog in town, he has over a 97% accuracy rate of finding and detecting the presence of bed bugs in your home, apartment, hotel or office.
Leroy is a purebred beagle and rescue dog. J and K Canine Academy DBA Scentworx located in High Springs Florida. After passing a series of tests to insure Leroy met the standards for bed bug scent detection training he was put through months of training by some the most respected Canine trainers in the industry.
Scentworx is the brainchild of J&K Canine Academy Inc. Recognized as a national leader producing the best trained bed bug canine scent detection dogs in the nation, J and K Canine Academy’s constantly evolving training method has been proven to improve K-9 performance with published laboratory and field research for the last 16 years. The mission of J and K Canine Academy is to continue to provide the most effective scent detection K-9’s in the industry.
Leroy and his handler(s) are certified by NESDCA the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association. NESDCA is the most recognized National accredited bed bug certification association in the U.S.
NESDCA was formed by Pest Control Professionals to ensure the highest standards for Entomology Scent Detection Canines are upheld.
NESDCA is only a non-biased third party certifying organization with the sole responsibility of assuring the highest quality standards of Scent Detection Canines and handlers are being met.
Without the help a qualified NEDCA canine like Leroy and his handler(s), human bed bug detection accuracy can be as low as 15%. With Leroy on your side, you can be assured that if your home, apartment complex, hotel or office is can be inspected with up 97% accuracy.
Why a beagle?
Beagles in addition to being tenacious and thorough have some of the best noses around. Their amazing sniffers are one of the only breeds that are strong enough to actually smell these tiny bed bugs. How tiny? Bed bugs range in size from 1 millimeter to 6.5 millimeters.
Being a smaller breed Beagle are also much easier to work with in various environments from residential, hotels hospitals that may be more difficult for a large breed like a Labrador.
*NESDCA does not train and only certifies teams. See http://NESDCA.com and our accreditation listing.
**Dog and handler were both trained by Pepe Dogs, also known as J&K Canine Academy — http://jkk9.com.
What is NESDCA Certification?
Bed Bug Solutions canine scent detecting teams were certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) — the only accredited bed bug training association in the U.S.. The standards that are being utilized by NESDCA are based upon research on canine scent detection conducted by scientists at The University of Florida, Department of Entomology. This association provides the insurance that the training facilities, training methods, and dog/handler teams have met the high standards set by NESDCA.
NESDCA certified teams are recognized nationwide as the leader in ensuring that a canine inspection team is properly trained and equipped to best inspect your home or office.
Our teams were certified together. NESDCA does not certify dogs or trainers individually. Instead, they certify trainer-canine teams to solidify their bond and increase their success rate. Using a combination of commands and visual queues, our canine/human teams actually work very closely together to get the job done.
Canine vs. Human Detection Rate
98% vs. 15%
Canine Scent Detection is the most accurate way to discover the presence of bed bugs in your home or office.
Bed bugs are tiny – they range from 1 millimeter long to 6.5 millimeters long. They can live in the most obscure places like the binding of books, cracks and crevices, embedded in your mattress, between seat cushion and in the seems of doors. Because of this, standard human detection is only about 15%-30% accurate.
Luckily, bed bugs emit a distinct microscopic odor. While it is impossible for the human nose to smell it, the powerful olfactory system of beagles can pick up on the scent. The training that beagles like Leroy – one of Bed Bug Solutions scent detecting canines – receive from the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) allows them to hone in on the scent of just a single bed bug living in your home or office.
As a result, Bed Bug Solutions canine/human teams have a detection success rate of up to 98% – or upwards of 83% more accurate than standard human detection. That means that canines like Leroy are the most powerful tool we can offer in detecting the presence of bed bugs living in your home or office!