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Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite With Bed Bug Detection K9s

By Elisha Neubauer

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. We've all heard it but seem to take little stock in the saying. It's just a cute little saying used to put young kids to sleep at night. The reality of bed bugs, however, isn't so adorable.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood; human blood, to be exact. A bed bug infestation can have a number of health effects including skin rashes, an allergic reaction that requires medical attention and/or psychological effects. More than that, a bed bug infestation can cause lasting traumatic effects on the entire household.

Canines have proven to be more effective and efficient than humans at finding bed bugs, according to Kay McDonald, Detection K9 Trainer/Handler.

"With a dog, you can find localized bed bugs prior to an infestation and treat an apartment for example rather than an entire apartment complex," McDonald said.

Bed Bug Detection K9s offers their services to Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Northern Rhode Island, and Connecticut in New England. Bed Bug Detection K9s are professional and confidential and are available on short notice. Regardless of property type, the company can work with you to locate or rule out any bed bug infestation. Whether apartments, hotels and motels, houses, retirement homes, hospitals, offices, libraries, dormitories, camps, warehouses, Bed Bug Detection K9s can accommodate your needs.

"We have two bed bug detection dogs," McDonald said. "Oftentimes we will bring out both dogs to confirm any positive alerts."

McDonald enjoys working with the dogs, continually training with them on a daily basis in order to keep their skills sharp and their responsiveness alert. The dogs are recertified by the Integrated Bed Bug Management Association (IBBMA) annually, ensuring both dogs meet the association's high standards. Both dogs are available for residential and commercial properties

"If you've seen a bed bug and you live in a single-family home you don't need a dog," McDonald said. "Generally, it is recommended to treat your entire house."

As McDonald explains to many customers in multi-unit properties, it is important to be vigilant when it comes to bed bugs.

"If you live in a multiple unit building, a dog should inspect all adjacent units because if you treat your unit and your neighbor has bed bugs, they will be right back," she said.

Photos by Dawn Rabinowitz of Canines on Duty.
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