This article in the Danbury, Connecticut News-Times trumpets the arrival of Squirt, a new bed bug dog who will be working with local Pest Control firm Amtech. The dog was trained by Pepe Peruyero, and dog and trainer are learning to work together.
What caught my eye was this snippet:
“Humans can see bedbugs 50 percent of the time,” said Richard Monastero, president of Amtech, a pest management firm in Danbury. “A dog can find them 90 percent of the time.”
That seems like a guesstimate, rather than an actual statistic.
I believe it’s the first time I’ve heard a PCO estimate the human inspector’s effectiveness at 50%, an interesting number.
Granted, it comes from a human who just acquired a bed bug dog, and so he’s biased.
But I’d be interested in hearing how effective other PCOs honestly think they are when it comes to detection. Yes, when bed bugs are “literally crawling up the walls in broad daylight,” I’d call that 100%.
But what about the more average, run-of-the-mill, “where are these bed bugs hiding?” cases. Finding bed bugs is a very difficult task.
So how effective are human inspectors? Or to put it another way, how long does a careful visual inspection really take?
We’ll know more about how effective bed bug dogs can be when research currently being done at the University of Florida is available.