Abbey the Bed Bug Dog: news report

by nobugsonme on March 17, 2007 · 7 comments

in bed bug detection, bed bug dogs, bed bugs, florida

Doug Summers of Mold Dog Environmental, who is a reader of the blog as well as a bed bug dog professional, sent us a clip from the news in Tampa, in which he’s interviewed about his bed bug dog Abbey, the training process, etc. Most interesting is the footage of Abbey being put through her training. Bill Whitstine runs the training service in Florida which is certifying bed bug dogs that then work in other places.

Abbey is an adorable beagle and it looks like she’s doing good work. Check it out on YouTube!

I haven’t used their dogs, but I like what they’ve said on the blog about their training process.

An important thing to remember about bed bug dogs is that this is a new industry and the quality of bed bug dogs and the companies that use them may vary widely.  Ask questions, when you are thinking of hiring one, about where and how they were trained, whether they detect only live bed bugs and eggs, or if they detect everything including dead bugs and debris (because avoiding this has to be part of training, or you’ll get “false positives”–bed bugs detecting bugs when all you have are cast skins).   Effectiveness studies would be good to see.

As with all bed bug-related services (the new gold rush), ask questions, get references.  Caveat emptor!

1 nobugsonme August 8, 2007 at 6:17 pm

We’re told that this NYC-area firm also has one of Bill Whitstone’s bed bug dogs. Anyone used them?

2 Mr Dogy July 11, 2008 at 5:35 am

yeah.. anyone used them?

3 nobugsonme July 11, 2008 at 9:41 am

Mr dogy,

You might want to ask on the forums:

4 Catherine July 12, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Anybody know of a bed bug dog in the Montreal. Quebec, Canada area?

Yikes! We have them but have yet to find a single one.


5 nobugsonme July 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Please read my comment to Mr Dogy right before yours. You’re more likely to get a response from more people on the forums.

6 Vector Guard Inc December 9, 2008 at 11:20 am

Dear Bedbug Fighters,
I want to let you know we are going to be putting out a commercial on our system of fighting bedbugs, we have teamed up with two other companies and we are going to air the commercial in January in the VA,DC,MD area.
We believe our program is going to be one of great education and minimization for everyone. This is not to sell you on our products or services this is to let you know that we are doing to assist in the fight against bedbugs.

7 Rosemary and Christina March 29, 2010 at 9:22 am

May I take this opportunity to wish you success with your business. We wrote in our blog about an experience Christina had with bedbugs from staying in a hostelry on her travels overseas. It is a more common skin problem than you would expect.

If you have any further developments in there treatment we would appreciate being kept informed. Rosemary and Christina

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