In a recent study, researchers examined how accurate bed bug-detecting dogs are. They looked at their accuracy and false-positive rates. The study found that 44% of dogs detected bed bugs while 56% of them did not. The results suggest that dogs are not always as accurate as they are marketed to be.
Dogs can detect the presence of bedbugs by detecting the pheromones given off by these bugs. Bedbugs release these pheromones when they become startled or disturbed. Humans are unable to detect these pheromones, but trained dogs can follow them, leading them to the presence of bed bugs. Using a bed bug detection dog to detect bedbugs is an excellent way to make sure your home is bug-free. However, you should always request proof of the presence of bedbugs before hiring any service.
Bed bug detection dogs are trained to recognize the scent of the bugs by sniffing them. Bed bug dogs are capable of distinguishing the smell of a mature bed bug from that of its egg, as well as the scent of the discarded exoskeleton. They can also identify infestations in areas that are not easily accessible to humans. These dogs can mark electrical outlets and box springs to pinpoint where infestations are.
Whether you opt to hire a bed bug detection dog or employ a service yourself, it is important to choose a company that has trained dogs that have the right skills and experience. The dogs should be properly trained and have at least 800 hours of training before they become certified as bed bug sniffing dogs.