J9&K9s Bed Bug Detectives

We can find them even before you think you have them

What harm is a single bug?

Teddy bear sitting on a waiting room chair

A single female adult hitches a ride in the cuff of a pantleg. Snugly resting in the fabric fold, the hitchhiker is transported to the doctor’s office. As the visitor patiently waits to be seen by the doctor, the bug crawls out to investigate the fabric of the waiting room chair. She finds a nice cozy spot in between the seat cushion and seat back waiting for the next chapter of her journey. Will she go home with a new person? Maybe head to the DMV, nursing home, school, or daycare center? Maybe she will hang around and focus on building a family.

A single female bed bug lays a clutch of 1-7 eggs every day, adding up to hundreds of eggs within its lifetime. Eggs may be deposited in hard-to-search areas such as recessed screw hole, a door hinge, electric outlet, or between the wall and baseboard. Bed bug eggs usually hatch in 7-10 days, and the newly hatched bed bugs will mature and start reproducing after 5-7 weeks. Even the cleanliest places can have unwanted visitors that can turn into hungry house guests or wanderlust hitchhikers like their resourceful momma. (Learn more about the lifecycle of a bedbug or get the facts from Stephen Doggett at the Department of Medical Entomology, ICPMR in Australia; his bed bug fact sheet covers the lifecycle of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius).

Bed Bug lifecycle stages and size comparison to 5mm scale

Why Use Certified Bed Bug Dogs?

Save Money  Certified bed bug detection K9s find tiny eggs and hard-to-spot nymphs before they grow into breeding adults. Routine inspection and early detection leads to lower remediation costs for homeowners and insurers.  For schools, hotels, commercial and government buildings, cost savings can be quite substantial.

Save Reputation The “Nose” is cutting-edge technology and the latest trend in the home inspection industry.  It’s the only inspection tool that can detect and pinpoint locations of bed bugs at all life stages; even viable eggs: critical information to ensure that the problem is resolved discretely before complaints are received or visible signs appear.

Proven and Trusted. K9 teams have been used for years by military and law enforcement agencies to detect bombs and drugs, among other things. In Europe, dogs have been used to detect bed bugs for over 20 years.

Dogs are Honest and Trustworthy.  Dogs are trained to work for food and love…and NOT for profits. Well-trained and certified bug detection dogs can locate individual bed bugs with 96% accuracy. For a typical infestation, their accuracy increases to 98%. We are not a pest control company, but we will provide information that can help you and your chosen pest control company make decisions regarding treatment.

Greater Peace of Mind.  Research supports that if the dog alerts, there’s a high statistical probability you should investigate further.  An alert on a bed bug scent is an early warning sign to inspect more closely. If the dog doesn’t alert, you can know with greater certainty that your home, office or school is bed bugs.

Fast, Immediate, and Non-Invasive.  A typical office building search of approximately 200 rooms can take one dog eight hours to complete. In contrast, a thorough human visual inspection will take 3-6 times longer, and may require extreme disruption of the space; flipping mattresses, moving furniture, and clearing areas of clutter or displays or other items.

Monitoring devices (such as those that resemble a small plastic saucer to allow bedbugs to climb on and be trapped) stay in place for a couple weeks. This timeline may be feasible for residential or vacant spaces. However, these still may not detect early life stages of viable nymphs.

Who uses Bed Bug Detection Services?

Here are just some examples that incorporate inspection into strategic pest management routine.

Public and private establishments serious about maintaining healthy safe environments conduct monthly inspections. especially those in which people share seating for extended lengths of time: libraries, theaters, coffee houses, lounges, and schools.

Health Services and Residential Care Centers find that inspections are quick and can be done with patients or residents in the room – even in the bed. J9&K9s teams are polite, respectful, and interact at a level required to complete the inspection while helping people in the area feel comfortable.

Reputable Hotels, Spas, and Casinos dependent on discrete reliable inspections as part of their monthly or quarterly pest management strategy.

Responsible Social Clubs, Churches, and Community Centers who want to protect their members through preventive measures or quickly address complaints.

Realtors concerned about escrow timelines, J9&K9s quickly and more accurately inspects a property, which gives both parties the feedback they need to quickly and effectively resolve issues.

Fin inspecting beds at the firehouse hurricane headquarters. All clear!

Why use J9&K9 Bed Bug Detectives?

Our dogs have gone through rigorous training with certified trainers. All dogs are certified as a “Bed Bug Dog” by the original bed bug detection program at Florida Canine Academy. We are members of NESDCA, which certifies detection teams based on rigorous standards (including discernment between live and dead bugs).

People like us! We are friendly, informative, professional, and most importantly, really good at finding bedbugs at egg, nymph, and adult stages.

Schedule a Demo

Unsure if our services are right for your pest management needs? We love to show off our skills. We’ve been invited to trade shows, expos, school career fairs, and BBB vendor exhibitions. People like to watch our dogs work and learn more about the amazing skills of our detection dogs. Contact us for a free informative and entertaining demonstration.

Contact Us

If you suspect you might have a bed bug problem, or would like to incorporate j9&K9s Bed Bud Detection Services into your pest management strategy, or if you suspect you have bed bugs and would like to have an inspection, CONTACT US today.

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