bed bugs dogs detection

January 9, 2022

If you wake up with red, itchy patches on your skin, you might be dealing with a bedbug infestation—and bedbug detection dogs services from our team at Discreet Bedbug Inspections can help!

The presence of bed bugs is challenging to detect due to their minute size and lack of visual traces. You might be able to find their droppings or specks of blood on your sheets. But bed bugs usually evade detection by hiding in the tiniest cracks of your floorboards, waiting to feast on you.

Early detection is paramount since a singular bed bug can lay up to seven viable eggs per day, quickly creating a thorough infestation. If you want to detect live bed bugs and get rid of them before they repopulate, you need to work with a pest control professional.

Have you ever thought about calling in man’s best friend? At Discreet Bedbug Inspections in New York City, our bug-detecting canines are our best tools for finding bed bugs.

10 Surprising Things About Bed-Bug Dogs and Their Detection Abilities

  1. Originally, bug-sniffing dogs were used to alert homeowners about termites.
  2. Trained canines can sniff out viable bed-bug eggs.
  3. Trained dogs can smell the difference between live and dead bed bugs.
  4. Canines can detect bed bugs that hide between your floorboards.
  5. Canines will sit or continue sniffing in one place to alert their handlers.
  6. Employing dogs is often less expensive than booking a treatment with an exterminator.
  7. Canines’ scent inspections are quicker than exterminators’ visual inspections.
  8. Sometimes, we use multiple dogs to confirm each other’s findings.
  9. Having canines in your building is more discreet than an exterminator and an ideal method if you want to keep the infestation news private.
  10. Our dogs at Discreet Bedbug Inspections have a 97% accuracy rate with zero false positives.

Call In the Bed-Bug-Sniffing Dogs!

Bringing bed bug-sniffing dogs to your apartment complex might sound a little farfetched. However, utilizing man’s best friend for his optimal sniffer is a time-honored and proven tradition that remains effective today.

You are probably familiar with seeing-eye dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, and emotional-support pups, but did you know that dogs have been working in the pest control industry since 1979?

Pest control professionals had stopped utilizing scent-detection canines in recent years because we did not need them anymore. After all, the United States mainly eradicated bed bugs through pesticide usage. But the overuse of pesticides ultimately resulted in the surge of today’s pesticide-resistant bed bugs.

Pest control companies could not effectively detect, contain, and kill the live bed bugs and viable eggs under such circumstances. In the past few years, the resulting overwhelming explosion of bed bugs led some in our industry to go back to the basics, using trained bed bug-hunting dogs.

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Why Should I Use the Bed-Bug Dogs at Discreet Bedbug Inspections?

You might be wondering if hiring a bed bug dog company is overkill. Maybe you should go with your usual pest experts and hope for the best!

While your average inspection services might work for other household pests, bed bugs are more challenging to eradicate, and bed-bug dogs are the more highly specialized solution.

Detect Bed Bugs Fast With a Specially Trained Dog

Usually, exterminators can take up to two weeks to catch a bed bug in their monitoring traps. By the time you see one live bug, you could potentially have 100 new bed-bug eggs, with half of them already hatching.

The bed bug’s propensity to multiply is why your entire building can become infested from your outbreak in no time.

To avoid this devastating situation, working with a bed-bug detection dog company like ours is essential. Our dogs will smell your room and provide you with immediate results if they catch the scent of a live bed bug.

We will then be able to act quickly to remove the bugs from your room before they have a chance to multiply and spread.

Bed-Bug Dogs Use Scent Detection to Find Hidden Insects

Suppose your pest management company only implements a visual inspection to spot bed bugs in the open. In that case, they will miss the bulk of bed bugs hiding in the crevices of your home.

After all, bed bugs only need to come out to forage for food every five to ten days. Also, the eggs are so tiny that they are challenging to see.

A bed-bug dog does not rely on sight but instead uses its powerful sense of smell to sniff out the bed bug’s hiding places.

Bed-Bug Dogs Are Minimally Invasive

Besides being practically useless, a visual inspection for bed bugs also involves opening all of your drawers, flipping over your mattress, and wreaking general havoc on your house to find the live bugs.

In contrast, you do not need to move any of your belongings when booking a canine inspection with us at Discreet Bedbug Inspections. As long as your space is walkable and free of any potentially distracting scents (like fresh bacon on the floor), then our bed bug detection dogs will be able to do their minimally invasive job with ease.

Utilize a Bed-Bug Dog to Lower Your Pesticide Exposure

You could have your exterminator bomb your entire apartment building while you stayed with a friend to avoid the poisonous fumes, or you could invite a dog to perform a scent inspection. The dog’s findings will reveal the specific areas of your home or apartment so you can target the source directly.

Using canine inspections is often a more economical choice for this reason.

How Does a Canine Team Detect Bed Bugs?

  1. Your dog’s handler will consult with you about your project’s scope, timeframe, and budget.
  2. The handler and dog will begin a scent detection sweep of your apartment or house.
  3. If the dog finds bed bugs, the dog alerts the handler by sitting down or using another body language cue to indicate the presence of pests.

If we suspect bed bugs in a large building, such as a corporate office, a second dog may help detect bed bugs.

  1. Once the handler interprets the alert, we can advise you about any necessary treatment.

Discreet Bed Bug Inspections

If you want to learn more about canine bedbug inspections, please visit Discreet Bedbug Inspections online and check out our blog!

Our services include:

  • Condos
  • Dormitories
  • Offices
  • Schools
  • Shops
  • Hotels and motels
  • Residential spaces
  • Theatres
  • Nursing homes and hospitals

Contact us at Discreet Bedbug Inspections today at (917) 337-3202 to book your trained bed bug dog detection services in the New York City area.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is bed bug detection, and how does it work?


Bed bug detection involves identifying the presence of bed bugs in an environment. This process may include visual inspections by professionals, the use of bed bug detection dogs, or other advanced techniques to locate live bugs, eggs, or evidence of their activity.

How are bed bug detection dogs trained, and what makes them effective?


Bed bug detection dogs undergo specialized training to recognize the unique scent of bed bugs. They are trained to pinpoint live bugs and eggs, offering a highly accurate and efficient method of detection. The effectiveness of bed bug dogs lies in their keen sense of smell and rigorous training.

Are bed bug detection dogs more accurate than other detection methods?


Bed bug detection dogs are known for their high accuracy in identifying bed bug infestations. Their ability to detect the distinct scent of live bed bugs, even in early stages, often surpasses traditional visual inspections. However, a comprehensive approach may involve combining dog inspections with other methods for confirmation.

Can bed bug detection dogs locate bed bugs in all areas of a home or building?


Yes, well-trained bed bug detection dogs can locate bed bugs in various areas of a home or building. From bedding and furniture to cracks and crevices, these dogs are capable of detecting the presence of bed bugs wherever they may be hiding.

Is bed bug detection only necessary when an infestation is suspected, or should it be part of regular maintenance?


While bed bug detection is crucial when an infestation is suspected, incorporating it into regular maintenance routines is advisable, especially in high-risk areas. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, preventing the escalation of infestations and minimizing potential impacts on occupants and property.

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