Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs
Probably the most promising way to detect and control bed bugs is the ever more popular use of dogs trained for this purpose. Dogs have been and continue to be a very important helper in many situations. They are trained to sniff out guns, cancer, drugs, and much more. It isn’t surprising when you think that dogs have over 200 billion odor cells which receive stimuli while people have only about five million. A dog has such a potent sense of smell even equipment to measure smell can’t discover the existence of odors like a dog can. A dog trained to uncover bed bugs can do so in about two to three minutes and point to the spot within three feet; this if phenomenal.
Pest control businesses are trying to come up with new and better ways to get rid of bed bugs. There are several new things appearing on the market to help combat bed bug battalions. One is a system that uses cryonite in the form of frozen vapor to spray on and literally freeze the bed bugs. Another is the use of infrared heaters. They can be placed in a room and turned up high to fry the bugs. The most bizarre new method being worked on is a human-like form of a person asleep. Since a bed bug’s main food source is people, I guess someone decided to design a trap in that form. It would be interesting to see the science behind this design.
Once bed bugs have been discovered, eradication of the infestation should be done immediately. If you do not want to use toxic chemicals in the bed bug elimination treatment process, there are natural alternatives. Diatomaceous earth is becoming more and more popular for use in getting rid of bed bugs. DE also provides a protective barrier inside and around your home to prevent future infestations of bed bugs and other bothersome insects. So, if you spent some money on a dog detective, keep costs down by purchasing diatomaceous earth instead of utilizing the help of an exterminator.
By: Bradley Skierkowski