Dogs have been used to help with many jobs; police detection work including locating drugs or bombs, leading the way for a blind person, acting as the ears for a deaf person, herding livestock and a long list of other duties. It’s probably not a big surprise to find they can also be very helpful when it comes to detecting bed bugs.

Dogs that have been trained by expert handlers have the ability to consistently detect those nasty bed bugs in all stages of development including nymphs and adults. Even if you’ve already discovered bed bugs, K9 inspections are able to provide a better insight into the location and the severity of the infestation. But why is bed bug dog detection better than other methods?

Lower cost

 Bed bug sniffing dogs that are trained to the very high standards used in law enforcement but with live bed bug odor can cover an average sized room in just minutes, while human visual inspections can take several hours or more and often require moving heavy furniture.

Bed bug dog detection generates both quicker and more accurate results leading to a lower cost for the homeowner and/or insurer. For larger buildings like schools or hotels, the cost savings can be immense.

A dog’s nose is the most effective

 If you want the latest high-tech device for sniffing out bed bugs, a dog’s nose is it. There is no mechanical device on the market that surpasses the ability of a well-trained dog and handler. It’s the only weapon in the fight against bed bugs that can detect as well as pinpoint sources of bed bugs.

Quick and accurate

 If you’re under a time crunch, such as needing a home inspection to meet an escrow timeline, bed bug dog detection is the quickest and most accurate way to inspect a home giving both the buyer and the seller the information they need to address and resolve any issues as quickly as possible.


 Dogs don’t care about money – they’re only concerned about affection, and food. You don’t have to worry about a canine being in it just for the profits.

Of course, the dogs are only as reliable as their trainers, which is why it is important to choose a company like Assured Environments who only uses canines trained with live bed bugs in all types of environments in order to ensure that the highest standards are met or exceeded in addition to be certified in compliance with NESCA (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association) and NPMA (National Pest Management Association) standards.