Canine inspection will only be inspecting ground level.(6 posts)
We're having an inspection in 3 days. The person I spoke with at the pest control company said the dog only checks the ground level and bed bugs are usually near the floor so he said there's no need for anything else. Of course, I don't expect the dog to check up higher because that wouldn't be nice to the dog. However, there was something in my clock radio that was on top of my dresser, which is tall. I thought it was a bed bug. (The music would turn on by itself, and if you shook it, there was something loose inside. The clock radio was wrapped and tossed.) Also, our vents are by our ceilings. Are they likely to miss a lot since they're confined to checking the ground?
We routinely hide bed bugs on top of a seven foot cabinet and behind a clock that is about six feet off the floor in our training room... Our dogs are able to locate the target vials that are hidden in these locations.
In a closed environment, air recirculates from floor to ceiling due to air movement in the room... gravity will also bring particulates to the floor level from bugs that are located in elevated locations.
I am not saying that I can find bugs located on the ceiling of Grand Central Station... There are some limitations due to absolute distance and the direction of air flow, but in a typical room with eight foot ceilings... it should not be a major issue.
My K9 has located bugs that were clustered in the corner of a room at the ceiling during inspections in the field... It is a more challenging target than bugs at nose level, but bed bugs have a very unique scent that make them an easy target for the K9.
Think about the distance that a human nose can detect popcorn or bacon frying as an analogy.
We do not claim 100% accuracy, but I expect my dog to find bugs that are harboring in a smoke detector, for example.
There are a number of variables involved, but I would not be overly concerned about tall furnishings like your dresser.
I hope this is helpful.
That's helpful. Thanks. I'm going to make sure the windows are closed for a long while before they show up.
If you are able to catch one of the bugs, you can test the dog. The dog that inspected my home failed my test.
O no. I haven't seen a bed bug yet.
I sent a PM to you
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