Mr. K, a North Carolina bed bug dog, in action

by nobugsonme on February 26, 2008 · 6 comments

in bed bug dogs, bed bugs

Click here for footage from WBTV News 3 shows Mr. K working with bed bug dog handler Mike Rogers, in North Carolina.

And can anyone tell us which outfit trained Mr. K?

The news story is imperfect otherwise, but wanted to share this because people are always looking for ways of detecting bed bugs.

(Thanks, insomnia, for the tip!) 

1 paulaw0919 February 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm

It’s amazing how fast false advertisement spreads. This is not the only bed bug k9 in the state. Specialized Pest Detection is located in NC and their dogs are NEDSCA certified.

2 nobugsonme February 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Yes, Paula, I caught that too. There are multiple bed bug dogs in NC.

3 SPDIBBK9Handler February 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Thanks for the support Paula & Nobugs. I was kind of surprised at the commentary on that, as that handler was informed by several people prior to picking up his dog about us, and NESDCA. Actually there are now 3 other bedbug canines (counting our 2) in North Carolina, as there is one down on the coast as well. For any paying attention to the video the dog in the video is cross trained on termites and bedbugs, so unfortunately, it can not certify under NESDCA rules. We will see if the station does a correction.

4 Bob Scott February 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Why is it that people think that certification by NESDCA is a big deal. It is not a government agency, it is not accredited by anyone, it is just an organization set up by a trainer to push that he thinks his dogs are better than anyone elses.

5 nobugsonme February 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hi Bob,

It’s my understanding that there are effective dogs which are certified by NESDCA, and effective dogs which aren’t.

(There are probably ineffective dogs in both categories too.)

Rather than relying on whether a dog is stamped as “certified” or not, or who the trainer is, I would ask the handler if dog alerts are verified by a physical search for actual bed bugs.

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