In April, Wil-Kil announced the retirement of Max, their first bed bug canine, and the first bed bug canine for hire in the state of Wisconsin. With Max’s retirement, comes the on-boarding of Jack, Wil-Kil’s fourth bed bug dog and Max’s replacement. Max was adored by the media in Milwaukee. He frequently appeared on camera demonstrating his scent detection skills. It’s only fitting that his last official job with Wil-Kil was on CBS 58.

View Max’s last official duty as a Wil-Kil employee, an interview with CBS 58, at this link:

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The full release on Max’s retirement is below:

Wil-Kil Pest Control’s First Bed Bug Canine, Max Retires; Company Welcomes Fourth Bed Bug Canine, Jack, to its Canine Team

Max, the first bed bug canine for hire in the state of Wisconsin will retire after eight years of bed bug work; Jack takes over hunting bed bugs with Daisy and Bull

Sun Prairie, Wis., April 28, 2017 – Wil-Kil Pest Control, the Upper Midwest’s quality leader in pest management, today announced the retirement of Max, the company’s first bed bug canine and the first bed bug canine for hire in the state of Wisconsin. The company also announced the addition of Jack to its bed bug canine team, joining Daisy and Bull.

“It’s bittersweet to see our first bed bug canine, Max, retiring.” said Jared Woerth, special services manager at Wil-Kil. “As the first pest management company to launch a bed bug canine program in 2009, Wil-Kil was stepping into uncharted territory. A lot was relying on Max, and thanks to him, we’ve built a successful canine program and many other local companies have followed suit. Our bed bug services revenue has grown 280% since 2009. While we are all sad to see Max go, we are looking forward to introducing Jack to our clients as he joins the best bed bug canine team in the state.”

Wil-Kil’s bed bug canine program began in 2009 when Max was first introduced to the company. After receiving his National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDECA) certification from J&K Academy in Florida, he began detecting the odor of live bed bugs and any viable bed bug eggs. For eight years, Max has helped thousands of clients during bed bug infestations and routine visits to prevent this irritating pest.

With Max hanging-up his leash to live with his handler, Rick Schoening, Jack will be taking over his bed bug responsibilities. After being found at a shelter in Illinois by Schoening, Jack went through extensive training at J&K Academy like Max, Daisy and Bull, prior to joining the bed bug team at Wil-Kil. 

“Max has touched the lives of thousands of clients and Wil-Kil employees over the past eight years. He has helped clients get through the stressful experience of bed bugs, by comforting them with his cuteness, lovable personality and hard work,” said Rick Schoening, Max and Jack’s handler and canine scent detection specialist at Wil-Kil Pest Control. “Now Max gets to be a regular dog, eat treats, sleep and be lazy. With Max and Jack living with me full time, it’s great to see the two interact. Max still loves to hunt for bed bugs and will even come train with Jack and I in the house. Jack is doing a great job and will make a big impact with clients, just like Max did.”

Bed bugs are a year-round problem with 99.6 percent of pest management respondents reported treating bed bugs in the past year, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association. The pests are usually found in high-traffic areas, such as nursing homes, office buildings, hotels, schools and day care centers, and spread easily as they hitch hike on human belongings.

“Bed bugs can be expensive and difficult to eliminate due to their cryptic habits,” added Woerth. “Bed bug canines save our clients time and money as they can detect bed bugs within minutes, and with an extremely high level of accuracy. Once bed bugs are detected, we immediately begin developing a treatment plan using either high heat or traditional pesticides to ensure elimination of the pest.”

Max’s official retirement was on May 1, 2017 with a retirement party on May 5, 2017. Jack has already started working and helping clients with their bed bug infestations.

For more information on Wil-Kil’s bed bug canine detection services, please call Wil-Kil at 800-236-8735 or visit: