Bed Bug Free = Happy Campers!

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Tis the season of 4th, 5th & 6th grade camp sessions. If memories are not the only thing brought back with your happy campers, it could be a nightmare! 

Campground cabins are known for having bed bugs. Any lodging facility with high turnover rates is at risk to receive bed bugs. Add the additional high risk practice of having people bring their own bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, sheets) as well as luggage and clothing and it is very likely you're going to get bed bugs in those wood bunk beds.

Our K-9 teams search cabins on a regular basis. Most of our campground accounts are monthly or quarterly inspections. The use of dogs allows low level (think one or two bugs) to be caught before a whole cabin is crawling with them.

K-9 teams are used in campground situations for quite a few good reasons. First, the speed of the search is undeniably faster and in turn more affordable than technician visual inspections. Secondly, when inspecting locations that have had many (and we do mean many) previous bed bug treatments there can be a lot of evidence. Is it old? Is it new? Properly trained K-9 teams only alert on live activity. This takes a lot of the guessing out of the search. Third, K-9 teams can rule in/out areas so that treatment can be made in one room or one half of the cabin as opposed to an entire cabin that may sleep 5-25 people.

One of the best reasons to use properly trained and certified K-9 teams is the reduction in liability for the campgrounds. Because of all the reasons above, using K-9 teams on a regular basis proves your commitment to be proactive with bed bug management. Should you become involved in a lawsuit, having documented inspections on a regular basis, coupled with timely licensed professional treatments could be the difference between a big pay out or little to no payout. 

 

K-9 alerted on a bunk and the handler is checking to verify the alert. 

K-9 alerted on a bunk and the handler is checking to verify the alert. 

This could be your best career move!

Do you love dogs?
Do you love helping people?
Do you love great San Diego weather?
Do you love the idea of working for a small but growing company that supports their employees?

We may just have the job for you! 

Green Dog Pest Service is looking for the right people to join our expanding operations. We conduct bed bug inspections using certified K-9 teams. We provide our team members a competitive wage package, company vehicle, expertly trained K-9 partner and lots of room for growth!

This position is open immediately and is for full time employee/s! 

  • Eligible candidates must have:
  • Branch 2 Field Representative License - or the the ability to pass a Branch 2 Field Rep test before starting work.
  • A desire to work with a K-9 partner.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Clean driving record. 
  • Must pass drug tests.
  • A healthy sense of humor!
  • Candidates must live in the greater San Diego area and be able to safely keep and care for their K-9 partner.

Full time position

  • Hourly pay starting at $16-$20/hr depending on experience. (40 hour week)
  • Commission on sales
  • Company vehicle
  • Company cell phone
  • Trained K-9 partner


We are a licensed branch 2 pest control company however we perform no treatment or remediation work. This is an inspection only job! We are members of the Pest Control Operators of California and the National Pest Management Association.
Resumes can be e-mailed to: deanna@greendogpestservice.com

Use of Pest Sniffing Dogs by Unlicensed Entities

This month the Structural Pest Control Board sent notice to companies regarding the use of Pest-Sniffing dogs. The notice explains which Business & Professional Code violations unlicensed companies are violating. The notice serves as a warning to companies violating the law by performing inspections with sniffing dogs as well as serving notice to those companies who hire or are involved with "aiding and abetting" these companies. 

....the Structural Pest Control Board will also seek enforcement action against those who aid and abet by utilizing the service of unlicensed individuals or unregistered companies to conduct prohibited-pest control.

We've been telling PCO's for awhile that K-9 teams must be licensed branch 2 companies (for bed bugs). We are also following the letter of the law by deploying handlers that are licensed Field Reps. 

Green Dog Pest Service is proud to be follow the laws of the California Structural Pest Control Board and we follow NPMA's Best Management Practices for K-9 bed bug inspections. We look forward to working with your company in 2017! 

Notice from CA Structural Pest Control Board

Notice from CA Structural Pest Control Board

We are hiring in San Diego!

Green Dog Pest Service is looking for the right people to join our expanding operations. We conduct bed bug inspections using certified K-9 teams. We provide our team members a competitive wage package, company vehicle, expertly trained K-9 partner and lots of room for growth!

This position is open immediately and is for full time employee/s! 

  • Eligible candidates must have:
  • Branch 2 Field Representative License - or the the ability to pass a Branch 2 Field Rep test before starting work.
  • A desire to work with a K-9 partner.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Clean driving record. 
  • Great attitude!
  • Must pass drug tests!
  • Candidates must live in the greater San Diego area and be able to safely keep and care for their K-9 partner.


We are a licensed branch 2 pest control company however we perform no treatment or remediation work. This is an inspection only job! We are members of the Pest Control Operators of California and the National Pest Management Association.
Resumes can be e-mailed to: deanna@greendogpestservice.com

Now the law! Assembly Bill - 551 Rental Property: Bed Bugs

This adult bed but was located by one of our K-9s during a routine tenant changeover inspection. The tenant never informed the landlord he had bed bugs when he gave notice and moved out. He had left the apartment in good condition other than this bed bug and probably a few of his friends hiding along a floor vent.

This adult bed but was located by one of our K-9s during a routine tenant changeover inspection. The tenant never informed the landlord he had bed bugs when he gave notice and moved out. He had left the apartment in good condition other than this bed bug and probably a few of his friends hiding along a floor vent.

On September 25, 2016, Gov. Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 551 - Rental Property: Bed bugs. This law will effect all landlords, tenants and any pest control company that performs bed bug work. Here are some important points written into the law that you need to be aware of: 


1: Educating tenants - Requires a landlord, on and after July 1, 2017, prior to creating a new tenancy for a dwelling unit, to provide a written notice to the prospective tenant that includes, but is not limited to: a) general information about bed bug identification, behavior and biology, the importance of cooperation for prevention, treatment and prompt written reporting of suspected infestations; and b) the procedure to report suspected infestations to the landlord.

2: Landlords can not retaliate - Provides that a landlord may not engage in any retaliatory conduct against a tenant who has notified the landlord of finding or reasonably suspecting a bed bug infestation on the property.

3: Must reasonably know - Prohibits a landlord from renting or leasing, or offering to rent or lease, any vacant dwelling unit that the landlord knows or should reasonably know has a current bed bug infestation.

4: Tenants receive inspection findings - Requires the landlord to notify all tenants of units inspected by the PCO of the PCO's findings. Further requires the notification to be in writing and within two business days of receipt of the pest control operator's findings, and requires the notice of the findings notice to be provided to all tenants for confirmed infestations in common areas.


Green Dog Can Help! 


Green Dog Pest Service is committed to helping our pest control and property manager partners with all the changes and requirements this new law imposes. Here's just three of the many ways we can help:

1. We provide tenant changeover inspections to ensure that landlords have reasonable knowledge (as required by the law) that there are no current bed bug infestations in the rental units. 

2. We provide written, detailed inspection reports, with photos, after every inspection.

3. We perform pre-treatment and post-treatment inspections so that property managers have clearance reports.

Click here to read the Bill that was just signed.

Customer feeback!

We keep two things in mind when we head off on an inspection:

  1. Never miss a bug!
  2. Be extremely easy to work with.

We figure if we can accomplish those two goals, we are doing a great job for our customers.  We know you have options when it comes to K-9-assisted bed bug inspections and we appreciate the business. We've been fortunate enough to receive some very nice feed back from some of our clients recently and we wanted to share it. 

I need to tell you how much I appreciate your help yesterday. I imagine Alex communicated it over, but we had a difficult client yesterday and your team really helped us out. Thank you very much for the partnership!
— Hotel Management
We’ve been working with a different canine scent detection company lately and have been getting excellent results. They are providing better accuracy, are easier to deal with and seem to be committed to increasing the quality of canine inspections. They just did 947 rooms for us in San Diego and did a great job. Frankly, they are starting to win me over and I’m becoming more confident in canine bed bug inspections, when done correctly.
— Pest Control Operator

If you find yourself in need of K-9-assisted bed bug inspection services, we hope you give us a call and learn how we can provide you with superior service. We cover all of Southern California on a daily basis and are available to Northern California, parts of Oregon and Washington on a scheduled basis. (951) 790-2847

Annual Certification testing

We annually test our K-9 teams with an independent third-party organization. This year testing will be in April. The World Detector Dog Organization is holding double-blind testing in San Diego, CA on April 17 & 18.  Click here to register. 



NESDCA will also be conducing testing April 20 & 21 in Los Angeles, CA. For inquiries about their testing: http://www.nesdca.com/

 


Currently the California Structural Pest Control Board does not require independent third-party testing certifications on bed bug or termite K-9s. At Green Dog Pest Service we think it is extremely important to follow NPMA's Best Management Practices for Bed Bug Scent Detection Canines. For more information about our K-9 teams give us a call at (951) 790-2847 or email: deanna@greendogpestservice.com.

Researchers Sequence Bed Bug Genome

Researchers announced they have for the first time ever assembled the first complete genome of bed bugs.  The study in its entirety can be read here.

The study conducted by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine, was published today in Nature Communications.

The research could help in creating a pesticide that the human parasites are not yet resistant to. The data also provided an interesting mapping of specific lines of bed bugs, specifically those in New York city and how the subway lines play a role.

Bedbugs are one of New York City’s most iconic living fossils, along with cockroaches, meaning that their outward appearance has hardly changed throughout their long lineage.
— George Amato, director of the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics



We are hiring! - Los Angeles to San Francisco!

Green Dog Pest Service is looking for the right people to join our expanding operations. We conduct bed bug inspections using certified K-9 teams. We provide our team members a competitive wage package, company vehicle, expertly trained K-9 partner and lots of room for growth!

This position is open immediately and is for full time employee/s! 

Eligible candidates must have:
Branch 2 Field Representative License. Or current applicators license and the ability to pass a Branch 2 Field Rep test.
A desire to work with a K-9 partner.
Good customer service skills.
Clean driving record. 
Great attitude!
Must pass drug tests!
Candidates must live in the greater Los Angeles area or San Jose/Bay area and be able to safely keep and care for their K-9 partner.

We are a licensed branch 2 pest control company however we perform no treatment or remediation work. This is an inspection only job! We are members of the Pest Control Operators of California and the National Pest Management Association.
Resumes can be e-mailed to: Alex@greendogpestservice.com

The price of not caring!

Trending on Facebook this morning was an article about a California couple who stayed at a hotel in New York city and were bit by bed bugs! At last count there was over 40,000 posts about the incident on Facebook alone. Twitter had plenty of #Astor hashtags as well. 


The couple's room at the Astor on the Park Hotel in New York's upper West side had a horrible bed bug infestation that was many weeks/months in the making. An infestation this substantial should have been noticed by housekeeping staff. 

Hotels and lodging facilities are sometimes at a disadvantage because the guest the night before might have left a bed bug. The room could have as few as one bed bug (not an infestation) and the next night's guest finds the culprit. One bug is too many, but the reality is it can be nearly impossible for housekeeping staff to find a single bed bug hiding away when they are going about the regular room cleaning chores.

Inspection teams can't be there daily to search each room. However, deploying K-9 inspection teams on a twice annual basis (at a minimum) can catch many infected rooms before housekeeping staff, and more importantly, guests find them!

Think about the damage this incident has done to this hotel's reputation. Yelp posted a special message about the incident and warned posters that they may remove any review that wasn't the result of a personal experience. 

It has been said that any press is good press. But when it comes to hotels and bed bugs that just isn't the case. People are posting and tweeting that they won't even go to NYC because of all the bed bugs! This hotel will suffer for months if not years from this incident. All the advertising in the world won't erase the wrath of the internet. We hope they start implementing a proactive approach to bed bug management by having a full facility K-9 inspection done right away and that they treat every room that has bed bugs. That's the first step in improving this costly mistake! 

If you are interested about how our certified K-9 teams can help your company take a proactive and responsible approach to bed bug management contact us: (951) 790-2847. We look forward to helping more companies avoid this PR nightmare.

We are hiring!

Green Dog Pest Service is looking for the right person to join our expanding operations. Eligible candidates must have:
 

  • Branch 2 Field Representative License.
  • A desire to work with a K-9 partner.
  • Clean driving record.
  • Great attitude!
  • Live in the greater Los Angeles area.

 

Resumes can be e-mailed to: Alex@greendogpestservice.com

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PCOC - Firm Profile, Green Dog Pest Service

Green Dog Pest Service was featured in the summer edition of PCOC Magazine, the voice of pest control operators of California. 

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Green Dog Pest Service is a member of both San Diego and San Bernardino/Riverside PCOC Districts. We attend monthly meetings to network with other PCOs and support the industry. PCOC is an important professional organization that all California PCOs should join. 

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Two new certified teams!

On March 20, 21 & 22, 2015 Green Dog Pest Service hosted our second annual World Detector Dog Organization certification testing and Handler's Clinic. WDDO Master Trainer, David Latimer presented us with an outstanding and informative handler's seminar and worked with us to push our dogs to their fullest potential. 

Green Dog Pest Service was able to certify two new teams! Sadie, a 3-year-old Plott Hound who was adopted from the Southern California based rescue organization, Retrievers and Friends (http://www.retrieversandfriends.com) passed on her very first attempt! Sadie is going to be an outstanding addition to our team. 

 

Sadie's size allows her cover a lot of units and reach areas up high easier than some of our smaller dogs. She has a quiet, and precise passive alert. We are so happy she's part of our team!

Sadie's size allows her cover a lot of units and reach areas up high easier than some of our smaller dogs. She has a quiet, and precise passive alert. We are so happy she's part of our team!

Hunter has also joined the Green Dog team by passing his certification test! He is an American Brittany, just shy of 10-months-old. Hunter is a pleasure to work and he loves everyone. He'll be on inspections today!

During Hunter's training he was able to ride along with our older certified teams. He is pictured alerting on bed bugs along a baseboard in a vacant unit during one of these outings.

During Hunter's training he was able to ride along with our older certified teams. He is pictured alerting on bed bugs along a baseboard in a vacant unit during one of these outings.



Over the 3 days of testing a total of 14 teams passed the extremely difficult double-blind test. To learn more about the requirements of WDDO, the independent third-party organization who conducted the testing please visit their website: www.wddo.org. 

Green Dog Pest Service would like to thank all the handler's and companies who spent the time and money to attend. We strongly believe in annual, independent, double-blind testing and only putting out teams that can truly find bed bugs and do it in a professional manner. Networking with other professional K-9 teams who believe in the same high standards as we do makes this event even more enjoyable! We look forward to making this event bigger and better in 2016! 

Training and certifying.

This week Green Dog Pest Service will host the 2nd Annual WDDO West Coast Certification Testing opportunity and Handler's Clinic with trainer David Latimer. Approximately 15-20 teams will try to certify using the WDDO test which requires using the Double-Blind methodology. In a double-blind test, nobody in the testing area knows how many hidden vials of bed bugs there will be or which rooms they will be hidden in. We believe it is important to have our dogs certified with the most difficult testing standards available to bed bug dogs. WDDO also certifies narcotics, accelerant and termite dogs.

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We will be training in Chino, CA on Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21. Testing will take place in the afternoon on Friday and Saturday and from 8-11 on Sunday March 22.

For more information on the testing standards please visit: WDDO.ORG. For more information on this event (951) 790-2847.