With 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, a dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than a human’s. Dogs can sniff out bombs, drugs, electronics, poached wildlife, blood, currency, and even diseases in people who don’t yet show symptoms … and bugs. Here are the benefits of using K9 inspections in Nassau County, NY, commercial pest control.
Bring in the Dogs
Dogs process the world primarily through scent, just as we process the world primarily by sight. A dog’s sense of smell is truly extraordinary: They smell in 3D, meaning they receive olfactory cues from both nostrils independently, which enables them to pinpoint the source of a scent. Our eyes do the same: Each eye has a slightly different perspective, and the brain then translates two image into one 3D image. Dogs can track scents through nearly any weather and can discern between old and new scents.
Dogs can be trained to sniff out bed bugs and other insects, which helps to identify problems and aids in the eradication of pest populations while they are still small. And that is a key point when you manage or own a commercial property. Finding pests on your property at some point is part of the deal—it’s what you do have you spot or suspect a problem that matters. By calling in effective inspectors (in this case dogs), you can get the problem properly and quickly identified and figure out the solution.
How It Works
All insects release pheromones as a way of communicating with each other. These pheromones are easily smelled by dogs.
In training, the dog is presented with the smell of a bug, and receives positive reinforcement. Dogs quickly associate the two and can quickly sniff out a specific bug and alert their handlers. The best part is that dog noses are so accurate that they can pinpoint even nest sites (with eggs), and not just adult bugs.
K9 bug sniffers are effective, efficient, and eco-friendly. By contrast, it could take even a trained exterminator significantly more time to locate the bed bugs in a home, since the insects spend most of their time hiding. Despite their name, bed bugs don’t just hide in the mattress or sheets: Baseboards, floorboards, electrical outlets, the undersides of furniture, and the backs of picture frames are just a few hiding places that bed bugs are known to frequent—it’s a lot of territory to cover, and a dog can do it much faster and more accurately.
Certified bed bug detection dogs can conduct a thorough search of an entire room with up to 98% accuracy in just minutes. K9 bug sniffers are so accurate because they can sniff out single bed bugs—which gives pest management teams an advantage in eliminating both adults and their eggs.
Trained to Find the Smallest Creatures
Once a dog has identified the location of a problematic pest. K9 bug sniffers reduce the cost of pest management by reducing the amount of time it takes to identify the scope of the infestation. They can also be brought in after an area has been treated, to ensure that the treatment was successful.