Canine Results-Still so confused-Please help if you can(4 posts)
So I had a canine come in and do an inspection and the dog sensed three spots in the apartment. 2 spots were in a room where we did not think had an infestation, because no one has been bitten in there and it was isolated from what we think is the source. Now, I know that these critters can get anywhere so I chalked it up to that. When the canine handler inspected these areas, he could not find anything. This does not give me any closure on this issue. How can I be sure this wasn't a false positive? What else can I do? I'm exhausted of wondering and waiting. I need help!
I just started hunting around today and this is the first I heard about canine inspection. Does it work? The only helpful info I can add is that canine's sometimes give false positives where dead bedbugs are or on the sites of previous infestations.
JC and Guy
Yes canine bb detection does work. However just as there are PCO's that perform questionable work, so too, are there bb canine handlers that, provide questionable bb detection. If the dog and handler are not associated with a PCO you should have a PCO present at the time of inspection. This is because, if the dog makes a successful find, the bb problem needs to be dealt with immediatly. If a bb handler states that his dog has alerted there should be results i.e, bed bugs or eggs. In the event the alert is directed over carpet, light fixtures or location which prevent an identification by the human eye then, measures need to be taken by your PCO to apply the appropriate application, i.e, steam, cryogenics, or chemicals, etc. A bed bug canine is a search dog. In the real world of search and rescue using specialty trained scent, task, detection canines, false positives are not tolerated. For example, a drug dog may give a positive alert to the presence of drugs yet, no drugs are found. This is because of the residual presence of that drug which, is enough to make the dog alert. This is still considered a positive alert by the canine and the canine, must be rewarded. With bed bugs and eggs, it is very different as, these are potentially visible by the human eye and should be located. If there are none present after further investigation, then the bb canine clearly gave a false alert and not a false positive. There is no correlation between being a successful bb dog handler and a successful PCO. The two are mutually exclusive. Handling a scent task specific canine which is what a bb canine is requires thousands of hours of experience to understand dog behavior. Moreover,it takes thousands of hours before, the bb canine handler comes to know the character, of his or, her own canine. I would look at the credentials of the bb canine handler I would attempt to determine if they have any background with specialty canine, scent, discrimination, detection tasks. Police K-9, fire service and search and rescue backgrounds, fall into this category.
I believe that, there are no current bb canines in service that can produce a "independent third party test certification".
Hope this helps.
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