Before You Hire a K9 Inspection Team

Most PMPs know exactly what to look for when they hire a new employee. They have "been there done that". But do you know what to look for when hiring a canine bed bug inspection team?

When a PMP hires a canine service for bed bug detection they need to ask the following questions:

  • Is the company licensed by the California Structural Pest Board? The CA Pest Board requires people using dogs to search for pests to be licensed in Branch 2! 
  • Are the dog handlers licensed Branch 2 Filed Representatives?
  • Are the dog/handler teams certified by a third-party sanctioning or certification organization INDEPENDENT of the trainer or where the dogs were purchased?  Please don't except the "Certified XYZ Bed Bug Dog" that was trained by XYZ training facility! Talk about a conflict of interest!
  • Do they keep training and deployment records on the dogs? 

Hiring a licensed and certified canine bed bug assisted inspection team, like Green Dog Pest Service, can go along way in protecting your company from costly litigation. If we are called upon to testify on your behalf or on behalf of your client, we can not only say we are a licensed company, using licensed handlers, but we are also third-party certified using Double-Blind methodology testing. We are also able to provide our training and deployment records.

Other things to keep in mind when considering a bed bug canine service to hire is how the dogs work. Green Dog Pest Service canines alert in a quiet, but very direct manner. They are not looking at the handler waiting for their reward, they are focused on the location of the bed bug odor. They may occasionally glance back at the handler to make sure they handler is paying attention to the alert, but all their energy is focused on the bed bug odor. 

Our dogs alert in passive manner. There is NO scratching, NO barking, NO excessive rooting through cushions or furniture. Our dogs are very focused and polite with their alerts.  You never have to worry about our dogs damaging furniture, carpets or outlets.

Making a thoughtful choice now can save you lots of headaches down the road. If we can ever answer any questions about our dogs, or our service, please don't hesitate to call! 

 Maggie working a training exercise. Vials containing live bed bugs are placed behind one of the three outlets. You can see in this photo that she has found the scent on the far left outlet. Her alert is to place her nose directly on the outlet and not move, no scratching, no movement, no barking. 

Maggie working a training exercise. Vials containing live bed bugs are placed behind one of the three outlets. You can see in this photo that she has found the scent on the far left outlet. Her alert is to place her nose directly on the outlet and not move, no scratching, no movement, no barking.