Monday, December 29, 2008
Bomb sniffing, cadaver recovering, seizure sensing, cancer diagnosing... Now, add another talent to the canine resume, bedbug detecting. Over the past decade, incidences of bedbug infestation have skyrocketed in the United State due to increases in international travel and the elimination of powerful pesticides such as DDT. With bedbugs infesting hotels, cabs and airline baggage compartments, even the most fastidious traveler can inadvertently transport these tiny pests over international borders and straight into the home.
While humans can find and treat bedbug infestations too, dogs are quicker and more accurate at the task. Tim Leatherman of Perfection Pest Control told WLWT News in Cincinnati that his canine bedbug detector, Betty, is 98 percent accurate as opposed to his human help's 30 percent accuracy rating. And Betty can work a room in 20 to 60 seconds, far faster than any human. Betty's pinpoint accuracy allows for minimal chemical use. This, combined with her speed, means lower fees for clients.
For a list of accredited bedbug detecting dogs, visit the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) at http:/www.nesdca.com.
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