Anyone have experience of Action Pest Control in NJ?(8 posts)
Their dog alerted to several spots in our house today and my husband STILL won't believe we have bbs. Its true we have no evidence, no blood spots, no casts, no sightings so he's struggling with this but the dog certainly reacted as the handler said he would.
Action has experienced PCO handler teams that have a good reputation.
Keep looking for the physical evidence, but I think that the presence of K9 alerts should raise the level of concern substantially, even if the inspection did not produce an actual specimen.
I guess the real question is do we treat with no actual specimen or any other evidence apart from my bites/welts and the dog's reaction?
In an ideal case, we would still seek out a physical evidence before treatment.
In my view, the observation of K9 alerts from an experienced team is a strong diagnostic indicator that skews the decision process with a tentative indication of the presence of bed bugs. However, I must defer to the judgment of the professionals that are performing the evaluation who are bound by the product label & regulatory standards.
A decision to treat on the basis of K9 alerts plus bite indications without physical evidence is controversial. The question of whether an unconfirmed K9 alert constitutes a proper identification for the presence of a pest is the key issue.
Regulations requiring a visual identification can vary somewhat from state to state. Some PMPs will treat in this situation, while other PMPs will continue to defer treatment until physical confirmation is obtained.
IN THE CASE OF BEDBUGS THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE THEM NEVER ACTUALLY SEE A BUG UNLESS THE INFESTATION IS VERY SEVERE SO NOT FINDING BEDBUGS ISN'T A WAY TO DISPUTE THE DOG ALERTS. HOWEVER I USED ACTION AND I DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM AT ALL. IF THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY SAID THEY WOULD WHEN THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO IT AND THE TREATMENT FAILED I WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH WE DIDN'T GET A SUCCESS THEY DID THEIR BEST BUT I CAN'T SAY THAT. THEY ARE GROSSLY OVERBOOKED AND UNDER MANNED AND IN MY EXPERIENCE AND IN MY OPINION THEY ARE PLACING AN EMPHASIS ON CONSERVATION OF THEIR TIME AND LABOR AT THE EXPENSE OF COMPLETING THE JOB. THEY TOOK EXTREME LIBERTIES WITH AN VERY SPECIFIC TREATMENT AGREEMENT. IN FACT I THINK THE WORD BRAZEN IS APPROPRIATE. WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE WHO JUST HAD A TREATMENT SAYING THEY ARE THOROUGH I SAY ASK THAT PERSON IN THREE MONTHS IF THEY ARE FREE OF BUGS AND I ASK IF THAT PERSON HAS THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROBLEM TO KNOW JUST HOW THOROUGH A TREATMENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE?
You know, there are absolutely no rules on the boards against someone who has used a particular company posting detailed reviews--positive, negative, or mixed--on the boards.
So if you are, as your comment above suggests, a client of Action Bed Bug Control and are dissatisfied with the service you received, you are perfectly within your rights to write up a detailed review of your experiences with that firm. I suspect that people who are looking for PCOs in the NJ area would appreciate getting that kind of detailed feedback. A thread that you start and give full details in will likely be a lot more helpful than comments tacked on the bottom of an older thread like this.
After all, any company may have been highly effective six months ago but due to changes in management or other circumstances, the service it provides may have changed. Threads that are more recent tend to draw more readers (usually) than older ones.
Action Welcomes Former Police K-9 Officer to Bed Bug Dog Inspection Team
New Head Canine Trainer Takes the Helm of Growing Division
March 11, 2009, Toms River, New Jersey: Action Termite and Pest Control is pleased to welcome former Woodbridge, New Jersey, Police K-9 Officer, David Kendrick to our growing bed bug control division. David is a highly decorated officer whose received meritorious citation and life saving awards. David is also a city Councilman for Ocean Gate, New Jersey.
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