Using K9 Bed Bug Dogs in Senior Living !
Updated: Nov 5, 2022
Having so many people living close together and a fair amount of social contact can make for a frustrating scenario.
Imagine being the manager of a 300 unit Senior complex in Atlanta. You have tenants, healthcare workers, employees, deliveries, etc
And now we have a bed bug issue. How many units are active ? If so, where did they come from and when ?
I get these calls all the time. Why does it matter ? It matters a lot.
The very first thing they should do is get a Sensor Dog K9 Sweep. The first time it is implemented some have questions or concerns because they've never seen the K9's work. Their sense of smell is their main sense. We are vision oriented. We even use it in our speech.
"You should have seen that lady on the bus this morning". If the dog could talk he would say "You should have smelled that lady on the bus this morning"
Lily and Starsky waiting to work !
Their abilities to filter and distinguish smells are why they have been used for hunting for thousands of years.
We simply introduce them to bed bugs at an early age. Their life revolves around finding these insects and are rewarded for doing their exercises correctly. We simulate real scenarios and mix in other insects and monitor the exercises. Just like learning anything we start simple, keep it positive and build on that. Some progress faster than others. We have a training center with all kinds of furniture setups for exercises and training. After many exercises they just get more efficient and it's fun for them. We have one that is so proud he gives a great look when he finds them. "Look what I did". We play "spin the wheel" among many other exercises to keep them calibrated to respond to only live bugs or viable eggs.
Spin the Wheel is a fun game for the dogs.