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In the early stages of infestation bed bugs and their nymphs can be virtually impossible to see. To say the least, it’s unnerving to suspect you have bed bugs, but not be able to verify their existence.
A K-9 inspection can provide you peace of mind by detecting the presence of bed bugs and the extent of their infestation. Studies show that canines are 90 to 95 percent effective in locating bed bugs and our dog, a friendly Beagle named Megan, typically takes less than 30 minutes to investigate your home. Our K-9 inspection is quick, easy to schedule and low cost. We offer K-9 inspections for $150.00 with a minimal surcharge for travelling to the City of San Francisco and to destinations over 35 miles from our home office in Castro Valley. Call 510-886-1236 now to set up an appointment and get your personal quote, our famous rapid response and learn about our low cost solution with a one-year conditional warranty.
Meet MeganMegan, a Beagle, was born September 29, 2012 and weighs only 18 pounds. She is a premier bedbug K9, trained at Ironheart High Performance Working Dogs, LLC in Shawnee, Kansas. Ironheart is one of only two K9 detector training centers in the U.S., nationally accredited by The National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).
Ironheart uses the same motivational training methods for bedbug detection dogs that have made the center a leader in providing all types of detection dogs for commercial and law enforcement purposes. This includes hundreds and hundreds of dogs for police service --- patrol, drugs, bombs, and tracking, along with hundreds of dogs to detect bedbugs, mold, termites, ignitable fluids, peanut allergens and gluten proteins. Ironheart’s most recent endeavor is the training of a dog to detect from samples, which female Polar Bears are pregnant for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife Organization.
Matt Skogen, the owner and Director of Training for Ironheart High Performance Working Dogs and The Loyal Companion Obedience School, has been training dogs for over 20 years. He has served as a police dog handler and department trainer for the Overland Park Police Department as well as the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas. Matt has instructed at national workshops for law enforcement and at national meetings for the pest control industry. As Director of Training for the Ironheart Training Center, he has trained numerous dogs for Homeland Security, correctional institutions and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies.
According to Matt Skogen, training a bedbug detector dog is one of the most difficult detector dogs to train. It requires months of daily training, but their positive training methods coupled with many years of experience have produced excellent results all across North America.
Very few dogs make the cut to be trained as bedbug detection dogs. At Ironheart, the K9 must have an extremely high food drive, much more so than an average dog. She must also show a strong work ethic and the ability to focus, along with a certain kind of courage and inquisitiveness to constantly be in new work situations. Detector dogs are generally trained for one thing only; Megan seeks out only bedbugs.
Did you know that the average dog has 220 million scent receptor sites in his nose as compared to the human’s five million? In fact, the dog has such acutely sensitive scenting ability that it can detect and identify smells that are so dilute that even the most sensitive of scientific instruments cannot measure them. Scent is undoubtedly the most important of the dog’s “practical senses”, but also the most difficult for us humans to comprehend.
Megan’s many months of learning to use her finely tuned nose pays off as she searches out live bedbugs and viable eggs. A study by the University of Florida confirms the efficacy of well trained bedbug K9s. Regular canine inspections find bedbug infestations early on so they can be dealt with before it becomes a major infestation. In the earliest stages of a bedbug infestation, it is difficult to identify the problem. K9 bedbug detection can locate a problem before it becomes a medium or heavy infestation. This saves you money on treatment.
It is not uncommon for organizations to have bedbug K9s sweep their premises on a regular basis just to be assured there are no bedbugs. This is a proactive approach to dealing with what is quickly becoming a major bug problem in the United States.
Megan is a professional working dog. She participates in rigorous weekly trainings to stay honed for her mission. This K9 loves her work; it is the very best of sport for her. According to Ironheart, bedbug dogs sniff an average of 118 times per minute; there is a regular marathon going on as they search out for bedbugs and their viable eggs. They are, in fact, elite athletes in their own way. Megan works for 20 minutes then takes a 20 to 30 minute break so she is always on top of her game. Call us today for your personal and private inspection.
Bedbug InspectionBefore bedbugs can be properly treated and eliminated, the problem areas must be identified and the extent of the infestation determined. This can be accomplished in two ways. One is a visual inspection by a well-trained professional starting at the main feeding areas, the bedrooms. The bed is first inspected working outward to headboards, storage under the bed, mirrors, dressers and carpet. Special attention is paid at the edges of the baseboards where the bug can retreat under the carpeting or behind the baseboard or into the wall itself. Needless to say it would cause great destruction (and has in the past) to remove the baseboards, peel back all the carpeting, or cut into the wall every 16 inches to inspect each stud cavity for bedbugs. But on a visual inspection, without doing those things, bedbugs may get missed. The inspector uses good magnifying equipment, a flashlight, and tools to pry back carpet or unscrew switch plates. The inspection moves from room to room until a plan is clear. Looking for live bugs, cast off skins, viable eggs, and dark spots from blood and feces, it can take a long time to complete a thorough visual inspection.
The second method of inspection is with a trained bedbug K-9 and handler. They follow much the same pattern as the inspector did, but the process is much quicker, without the use of a lot of equipment. The K-9 can smell bedbugs and viable eggs under carpeting, behind baseboards and behind wall plates.
There is no better way to inspect for bedbugs than with highly trained detector dogs.
|In Loving Memory of Jaime
The Best K9 Bedbug Detector Ever
March 14, 2011 to May 2, 2013
You will Always Be In Our Hearts!
At Bed Bugs all Gone you will enjoy the best overall value and results.
- - We respond rapidly to anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and work long hours, six days a week to make sure you get the absolute best service…quickly, thoroughly and safely.
- - Your family and pets are totally safe since our treatment is non-toxic. We use Cimi-Shield, guaranteed by the manufacturer to be 100% non-toxic and “Generally Regarded As Safe” (GRAS) by the EPA. Its active ingredient is soybean oil, a natural substance which dissolves the bug’s waxy coating so bed bugs die from dehydration in just two to eight hours after exposure to Cimi-Shield.
- You have to do little or no preparation before we come out.
- - You get zero surprises since our fees are clearly noted (see the Best Value). In speaking with you by phone, we inform you that our fees vary depending on whether the property is vacant or occupied; unfurnished or furnished; and/or the level of infestation and clutter. We can give you a firm quote by phone 510-886-1236
- Non-toxic Cimi-Shield treatment kills bed bugs for an entire year and comes with a standard one year conditional warranty.
- We offer K-9 inspections. K-9’s have over 1,000 times the scenting ability of humans; it is incredible! Dogs are far more accurate in finding bed bugs than a human doing a physical inspection since bed bugs hide during the day. Our dog, Megan, is specially trained and is faster and far more precise than any human inspection.
- - We are local and family owned. Our owner was born in Palo Alto and received his degrees at Stanford. Our dog handler did her graduate work at San Jose State University.