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Dogs help in fight against bed bugs

Published On: Oct 20 2012 03:09:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2012 07:27:01 AM CDT

KRDO Newschannel 13's Dana Molina introduces us to an exterminator and his secret weapon when finding bed bugs.


Pest control companies in Colorado are using dogs to find bed bugs.

In the past eight months, pest control company Orkin, has been working with May, a three-year-old German Shepard. May has been trained to sniff bed bugs' scent, in the same way that narcotics and bomb-sniffing dogs are trained.

"She's trained that  when she gets that one specific odor, that she's going to sit down and do her alert," said Mike Collins, who works with May.

Collins and May inspect homes or hotels where there is suspicion of bed bugs and to verify that there aren't any more bugs after a treatment. Collins said dogs aren't always 100 percent accurate, but they are pretty close.

"The chance of me finding it are really low, like less than ten percent," Collins said. "The chance of her finding it are really high, like around 90 percent."


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