Bed bug dogs have been used with great success all across the country and around the world. For effective bed bug detection, Wil-Kil Pest Control’s trained bed bug detecting dogs are the best choice throughout the upper Midwest. Our teams of canines are certified on an annual basis by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA). NESDCA is a certifying organization assuring the quality standards of scent detection canines and an information resource center for the consumer and pest control industry. We also follow their best practices, including visually verifying any bed bug activity detected by our dogs.
Why Use A Bed Bug Dog?
Most human bed bug inspections involve removing all infested items in order to thoroughly inspect. This includes removing bedding, furniture, and carpets, which can be very time consuming, disruptive and expensive. Bull, Jack, and Stevie, using their keen sense of smell, can detect live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs with a high level of accuracy. Instead of tearing a room apart to inspect for bed bugs, Wil-Kil’s canine teams can find the bed bugs within minutes, making the inspection more accurate and cost-effective compared to traditional detection methods.
Canine inspection is also used as a post-treatment verification after Wil-Kil has completed a bed bug control service. We’ll conduct post-treatment inspections with our bed bug dogs to determine if live bed bugs are still present in the environment or if the bed bugs have moved beyond the treatment area.
Meet Bull, Jack, and Stevie:
Bull, Jack, and Stevie, our beagles, may look cute and friendly, but in reality they are highly trained professional bed bug detection specialists. They were trained by J&K Canine Academy based in High Springs, Florida. J&K Canine Academy is a National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA)-certified training facility that provides the only termite and bed bug programs in the world with scientifically proven results. Bull, Jack, and Stevie, along with their handlers, Jason, Mike, and Lindsay, are certified annually by NESDCA to ensure that their bed bug teams only detect live bed bugs and viable eggs.
Drafted by Wil-Kil in 2016, Bull is one of the new kids on the block. His name fits him perfectly because he has such high energy. As soon as his kennel is opened, he comes charging out, ready to work. Bull is a rescue dog, he was originally trained to be a deer hunter in Georgia, and he now focuses that drive on bed bugs.
Drafted by Wil-Kil in 2017, Jack is a work hard, nap hard kind of guy. He loves playing with his canine siblings and dressing up in fun costumes from time to time. When he gets home at the end of a long day on the job, he curls up on a blanket on the couch. When he greets his people friends, he reaches up and stretches on them to say “hi.”
Stevie was drafted by Wil-Kil in 2018 from the Wisconsin Humane Society-Racine Campus. When Stevie’s not working, he loves to play with any dog, cat, or person that will play with him. He also loves to sit by a window and watch the squirrels and birds. He is an adorable, intelligent, well-mannered dog, and we are lucky to have him!
What Do I Need to Do Before the Bed Bug Dog Arrives?
Before our bed bug dog arrives, there are a few helpful hints to help make the inspection a successful one. Please review our pre-inspection checklist.
Helpful Information from Bull, Jack, and Stevie about Bed Bugs…
- Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide.
- Bed bugs are nocturnal insects. They feed at night and hide during the day.
- Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices, electrical outlets, wall voids, behind wallpaper, baseboards, picture frames, mattresses, box springs, headboards, and in bedding materials.
- Bed bug adults are big enough to be seen. They are reddish-brown to brown in their natural state and red after a blood meal.
- Bed bug adults have six legs, are flat and oval-shaped, and are no more than ¼ inch in length, making them difficult to see.
For more information about bed bugs, watch our Canine Inspection Webinar: