What kind of dog finds bed bugs? Originally used for rabbit detection, Beagles can assist in identifying everything from pests to contraband. Other bed bug sniffing dogs include Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherds. Each breed exhibits a strong sense of smell that can help track down bed bugs, other pests and wildlife.
How accurate are dogs for detecting bed bugs? (2008) found canine detection teams were 98% accurate at detecting as few as one bed bug and had no false indications using planted bugs in hotel rooms. Their study demonstrated the ability of bed bug scent dogs to detect low numbers of bed bugs with a high degree of accuracy under controlled conditions.
Can a dog smell one bed bug? Overall, the dogs displayed a 97.5% accuracy rate at distinguishing live bed bugs from other household pests with no false positives. They had a 95% accuracy rate at distinguishing live bed bugs and viable eggs from bed bug debris, with a 3% false positive rate from bed bug feces.
How do I prepare for a bed bug dog inspection?
- Remove Odors. In an effort to ensure an accurate canine bed bug inspection, it’s very important to remove strong odors.
- Remove Distractions. Clients are allowed to watch the inspection, but we ask that you watch from a distance so as not to distract Mika while she works.
- Give Access.