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Why use a bed bug dog?

Why call CIS?

What can CIS offer you?

What is the price of an inspection?

How does the inspection work?

Why such a resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S.?

Are bed bugs just in beds?

I keep my home very clean. Is anybody at risk?

What are the symptoms and health risks of being bitten by bed bugs?

Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?

What are the feeding and living habits of bed bugs?

Stages of Bed Bugs

Treatment and Control

How can I avoid bed bugs when traveling?

Public Policy and Laws




Why use a bed bug dog?
The key to success in bed bug control is EARLY DETECTION. Canines have been successfully used by military and law enforcement agencies to detect bombs, weapons, and drugs for years. A dog's ability to smell is superior to humans. Specially trained bed bug dogs and their handlers are the best way to determine if you have bed bugs and where they are hiding. A properly trained dog can detect even the smallest amount of bed bugs and their eggs faster and far more accurately than any other method - saving you time and money in any home, commercial structure or form of transportation. This allows you to know exactly which areas are infected so you can be prepared to target those areas when treating. Bed bug dogs will quickly detect and locate where bed bugs are hiding to give you peace of mind. For any residence, school, hotel, commercial or government building, cost savings can be quite substantial if a bed bug infestation is detected early. If you see or hear of a bed bug detection dog working in a hotel, store or office etc. do not assume bed bugs are present in that environment. It could very well mean they are being pro-active to protect their customers, clients, visitors, staff and families.

Bed Bug Dog

Why call CIS?
The Canine Inspection Services team combines the background and experience of over 25 years in the pest control industry with the latest advancements in canine detection. We understand the nuisance, anxiety, and hassle bed bugs bring to your establishment and home. Bed bugs are invasive insects that are hard to detect and even harder to eliminate. We understand how their presence can adversely impact your business or totally disrupt your peace of mind. When bed bugs are discovered it is of the utmost importance to eradicate them as soon as possible. Canine Inspection Services is ready to DISCREETLY and EFFICIENTLY inspect your residential property, commercial structure or any form of transportation.

Bed bugs are extremely difficult for even the most experienced pest control experts to locate AND eradicate. Bed bugs spread biologically at an alarming speed. Occasionally the adjacent apartments, dorms, hospital or hotel rooms including above and below, to the side and across, become infested sometimes infecting the whole house or building.

Think you have a bed bug problem but are too embarrassed to tell anyone? Give Canine Inspections a call and let us eliminate the guesswork for you and ensure maximum effectiveness to protect you, your family or your business.

What can CIS offer you?
Trust and reliability. Dogs have been used for years by military and law enforcement agencies to detect explosives, narcotics, weapons and other threats to public safety and are now widely used in the private sector to detect bed bugs. Dogs are now widely used in the private sector to detect mold, bed bugs, termites and other pests that present hazards to the health and well being of humans. Gage is trained to detect the slightest trace of live bed bug odor including viable eggs that would normally go undetected by a human inspector. Gage will work for love and play. He does not work for food or profit. He is trained to ignore any food that is often found around such areas as couches, carpets or pet food left out by homeowners. The "toy reward" system keeps Gage determined and focused on one thing only: detecting bed bugs. This technique develops a strong professional relationship between the handler and Gage to work as a team.

Saves time and money. Gage will generate quicker and more accurate results. Gage's sense of smell is extremely sensitive. It's the most effective inspection tool that can detect and pinpoint sources of bed bugs, which can lead to lower bed bug treatment costs for property owners and commercial establishments.

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Effective problem solvers. For commercial establishments such as department stores, restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals, Gage can quickly and more accurately inspect which gives both parties the feedback they need to quickly and effectively resolve issues. Realtors and attorneys can be assured of prompt certification process for real estate transactions, particularly on multiple family dwellings. Landlords and property managers can determine that their premises are bed bug free both prior to new tenants occupying the premises and after tenants have vacated. Infested units can be identified and treated and units that are bed bug free can be left undisturbed. The search for a bed bug can be similar to trying to find a moving needle in a haystack. Bed bug eggs and newly hatched eggs are 1mm in size (the size of the tip of a ball point pen) and translucent in color. A non-engorged bed bug is as thin as a fingernail. Their small size enables them to hide deep in cracks and crevices, on any item. Traditional bed bug detection methods can be very time consuming, labor intensive and have higher inaccurate rates of finding bugs.

Peace of Mind. If the dog doesn't find bed bugs, you can know with far greater certainty that your home or business establishment is bed bug free. Despite the many warnings that bed bugs are NOT a DIY project, many customers have attempted to treat the infestations themselves putting themselves, their families and their property at risk. Those who attempt to treat bed bug infestations by themselves often engage in unsafe practices and are more often ineffective at controlling the infestation and prolonging the process.

We Offer a Preventative Maintenance Plan. Since the bed bug epidemic has increased, the need for ongoing inspections has become apparent especially in hotels, apartments, hospitals and senior homes. For this reason, the cost of having inspections done on a regular basis cost much less money than the amount of money being spent on treating the actual problem that can spread through an entire location. For any type of environment, we can provide ongoing, cost-efficient inspections that will always keep you in the know, and insure that you are not taken by surprise. The alternative (the threat of lawsuits and bad publicity) is unacceptable for your business.

We Offer Post-Treatment Inspections. If you've had bed bug treatment, having a bed bug dog confirm your treatment results is a sensible idea, considering how much time and effort you may have put into preparing your residence for treatment. It's always a good idea to verify the absence of bed bugs before you re-introduce your belongings to the residence, and our bed bug dog inspection will give you the peace of mind you need and deserve.

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What is the price of an inspection?
CIS's prices for canine visits are based on the area searched and the time necessary to complete inspections. A customer is paying for the dog and handler's skills in identifying the problem. The accuracy of a well-trained dog like Gage is far higher than other methods of detecting bed bugs. Our canine inspection customer receives the benefit of receiving information making them more knowledgeable of bed bugs. It is because Gage works and is tested so frequently in so many different environments with great success, that CIS stands by the integrity of our service. Traditional bed bug detection methods can be very time consuming and labor intensive. Gage can generate quicker and more accurate results saving you time and money.

How does the inspection work?
The handler will make the dog thoroughly inspect all suspected areas. During each inspection the handler will keep the dog moving, inspecting different locations and making continual progress throughout a customer site. When Gage alerts (a specific action specific to each individual dog's training) he receives his favorite toy for positive reinforcement from his handler. Other career canines (e.g., drug sniffing, arson, bomb, termite, and search and rescue dogs) are also rewarded after a successful find. All handlers are certified, skilled, and practiced in recognizing body language cues specific to their dog, which accompany a legitimate positive alert. We ask clients to reserve questions for the handler about his findings until the inspection is completed. Please note that Gage may require rest, water, or "bathroom" breaks during a particularly long inspection of an environment like a large corporate office or hotel. The area or areas where Gage "alerts" will be documented for further inspection by the handler who will focus on the physical evidence of bed bugs in order to develop a successful proactive strategy, with the intent to completely eradicate the bed bugs.

Bed Bug Dog

Why such a resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S.?
International travel, lack of bed bug knowledge and changes in modern pest control practices are believed to be responsible for the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States. Bed bugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt. In the 1940s and '50s, the pesticide DDT was liberally used in homes to fight insect infestation. With the ban on DDT in the '70s because of its negative impact on our environment, pest control methods changed from elimination of DDT to repellent and baits. These changes make it easy for bed bugs to avoid most pest control methods. Laboratory tests in the U.S., Europe and Africa show today's bed bugs can survive pesticide levels a thousand times greater than the lethal dose of a decade or so ago. "There is a phenomenal level of resistance. Moreover, resistance to chemicals designed to kill the bugs can become a permanent part of their genetic inheritance. Researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that bed bugs, sampled at a half-dozen U.S. locations, remain relatively immune to DDT generations after the chemical was banned for general household use." (Wall Street Journal 1/20/11 Why Bed Bugs Won't Die)

Are bed bugs just in beds?
No, they are not just in beds. Their size and shape make it easy for them to hide in such places as in the folds and creases of bed linens, in seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs, in pleats of curtains, behind loose areas of wallpaper, in corners of desks and dressers, on couches, chairs, in laundry, between carpets and baseboards, behind electrical outlets, on computers, picture frames and clocks. In other words they can live almost anywhere! Bed bugs are efficient hitchhikers and can infiltrate your home or place of business by way of luggage, clothing, backpacks, purses, laptops or taking in second hand furniture. The cleanliness of the dwelling has little to do with the level of bed bug infestation. Bed bugs will thrive in any location near a food supply (humans). If you find many in one area, chances are there are more bed bugs than you see. When word gets out that bed bugs are in a home or business, a kind of hysteria often occurs, followed by finger pointing about whom is to blame for bringing them in. Bed bugs do not discriminate. For example, they can travel by way of employees, vendors, visitors, students, maids or nurses. Part of our inspection is designed to educate and promote awareness to eliminate the problem in the quickest and most effective way possible.

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bed bug bites
Bed bugs are experts at hiding but they always leave something behind…but not where you might be looking let alone actual “see”. Their fecal matter (small dark spots), their skins (they shed 5 times before reaching full size of 5mm) and their eggs are signs there are bed bugs present.

I keep my home very clean. Is anybody at risk?
Infestations of common bed bugs (cimex lectularius) are not directly related to sanitation levels. The cleanest living area can have a very large infestation, and improving sanitation alone will not eliminate an established bed bug population. Cluttered conditions can offer the bugs a lot of excellent harborages very near their human blood meal hosts. Anyone is at risk of having an infestation if bed bugs are brought into their home due to the fact bed bugs will hitch a ride by way of second hand furniture, in your luggage after staying in a hotel or in a cab that has bed bugs, a visitor may have brought them into your home, a co-worker may have brought them into work or even new furniture that has been delivered may have bed bugs.

What are the symptoms and health risks of being bitten by bed bugs?
The symptoms are very hard to identify because it can take time before you feel the itchy sensation. In some cases, reactions to bites may be delayed up to a week. They are also very hard to compare with other insect bites because they are closely identical. Even though it can be an itchy bite that we ignore, there are some cases where the area can become blisters, swell up or welts that can vary from mild to severe itching. Many individuals respond to bed bug infestations with discomfort, anxiety, stress and insomnia. It may take a few weeks to the itching to subside and for the welts to disappear. Bed bug bites often come in groups or rows of three. Scratching may cause the area to become infected and lead to secondary infections. Bed bugs have been implicated in the transmission of a wide variety of infectious agents, although this is uncertain. It has been suggested that they might play a role in the spread of Hepatitis B; however, additional research is being done to determine the potential for bed bugs to transmit disease and their impact on public health.

Amazingly, these sneaky little bloodsuckers dine on you without waking you. People bitten sometimes mistake the bites as a mosquito, flea, spider bites or as poison ivy.

bed bug bites

bed bug bites

There are a number of things you can do to stop the itching.

1) Apply calamine lotion or antibiotic to each bed bug bite. Creams with corticosteroids (ex. Benadryl or Hydrocortisone cream) and oral antihistamines may be advised in the presence of an allergic reaction.
2) Do not scratch the area. Wash the area with warm soapy water to reduce the risk of infection. Apply an ice pack frequently to help relieve the swelling. Scratching only makes the itching worse and can cause a secondary infection.
3) Some people may actually be allergic to bed bugs. The degree of itching is determined by how allergic a person is. If you notice any signs of infection, call your physician.


Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?
They will hitch a ride or crawl on anything that will get them food – your blood. Hotels are not the only locations where one can be exposed. It is possible to encounter bed bugs in schools, dorms, public transportation, retail stores, laundromats, movie theaters, libraries or any other public space. Bed bugs can find their way into luggage, computers, clothes, backpacks and pocketbooks. Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation no matter how large or small the infestation is. Early detection is the key to managing an infestation.

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Gage's sense of smell is far more superior and accurate than any human or tool in detecting live bed bugs in such areas as beds, sofas, behind electrical outlets or under carpets. Our team is ready to eliminate the guesswork for you and ensure maximum effectiveness in protecting you, your family and place of business giving you the peace of mind you deserve.