Bed Bug Dog – K9 Detection

How It Works

The handler and canine will inspect the following items in all areas of the dwelling:

  • all box springs, mattresses, and bed frames
  • all headboards, footboards and night stands
  • all furniture
  • baseboards on walls adjacent to beds

Any area where the canine alerts* will get special attention from the handler to determine what the canine found.

The handler and canine are looking for evidence of bed bugs:

  • Live or dead bed bugs (nymphs and adults)
  • Live or dead bed bug eggs
  • Bed bug shells (exoskeleton)
  • Fecal matter (dark brown dots)
  • Blood smears

How Do I Prepare For The K9 Inpsection?

  • Remove excess clutter from rooms – the dog must be able inspect all major furniture and along the edge of the walls. Do not move furniture.
  • Provide access to all areas of the home – this may include, but is not limited to:
    • unlocking locked rooms
    • making sure all people are able to easily move to make room for the canine and handler
    • moving pets to a basement, car or outside (pets cannot be in the same area as the canine and handler)
  • Refrain from moving furniture/items or stripping beds prior to the K9 inspection as this may disrupt the daily habits of the bed bugs and make them more difficult to detect.
  • Inform us of any professional or DIY chemical treatments that were performed within 30 days prior to the K9 inspection. The harsh chemicals could injure the dog. (Which is another reason we feel that treating with heat is the best solution!)
Bed Bugs & Dogs

*What does it mean when a canine alerts?

A canine will give the handler some sort of signal (sit down, point, bark, etc.) when they smell the presence of a bed bug in any form – that includes eggs, nymphs and adults. The canine will not alert on dead eggs or dead bugs.