Unlikely Heroes in the Battle Against Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a growing problem in the United States.

These creepy pests must be identified quickly before the infestation gets too large and destructive. On average, a female bed bug can lay 10-20 eggs a week.

The first step is accurate detection and identification of the pests.  Thats where Hunter, the bed bug sniffing Beagle comes in.

Hunter is employed by Batzner Bed Bug Services Inc.,a locally owned and operated pest control company serving Wisconsin and Illinois.  The company has been helping landlords battle pests for over 65 years. These highly-trained scent hounds are at the heart of successful detection.  They can isolate and target bed bugs with three times the accuracy of any human efforts.

No only are these dogs accurate, but they’re fast, cutting down service time and resulting expense.  Another significant cost-saver:  the dogs can identify rooms where the bugs are not present, and in some cases, eliminating the need to treat those areas.

Canine detection has gone mainstream, and the pest control industry has established certification criteria through the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association.  NESDCA was formed by Pest Control Professionals to ensure the highest standards for Entomology Scent Detection Canines are upheld.

These dogs are put through the paces, and aren’t certified unless they can detect bugs and eggs in a variety of settings, from apartments to warehouses.

With Hunters precision nose, the problem is quickly identified and his human counterparts can implement an elimination plan specific for the rental property.

What follows is a litany of treatment options, including heat, chemical and fumigation.  Afterwards, reinspection is conducted to verify that bugs have been eliminated — because with bed bugs, you want to be certain they’re gone for good.

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