Monday, September 6, 2010
Dogs Who Find Bedbugs
Anyway, there are several ways to get rid of bedbugs without using DDT, but it is best if you know whether you even have the bugs, and if so, where they are. If you don't know these things, you might be wasting a lot of time and money. So that is why the bedbug detection dogs are good to have around, because they can search a big building lots faster than people can. Also they are right 98% of the time when they tell their handler that they have found bedbugs.
Here are some videos of dogs on the job, searching for bedbugs:
Because of all the training and stuff, it's kind of expensive to hire a bedbug-detection dog, like maybe $325 an hour. But the dog works fast and is honest, and people save money by using them because then they do not have to spray nasty chemicals in places where there aren't any bedbugs.
In some parts of the country, people are now hiring a dog to search a house for bedbugs before they buy the house. In New York City, there is a really big bedbug problem because people live in apartments and condos with just a wall between them, and the bedbugs can crawl along the pipes and through very narrow spaces to get from one apartment to the next.
Anyway, that is one of the many important jobs that dogs are doing these days. And I will just also mention that some of these same dogs are also trained to find termites or mold. So it can be very useful to have a well-trained working dog around!