Our K-9 Team was trained at the Florida Canine Academy by Master Trainer Bill Whitstine. They have over 1000 hours of training to sniff out bed bugs and their eggs, and accurately pinpoint their location in residential or commercial buildings. Our dogs were rescued from a shelter in Florida and are now a part of our team, and the latest tool in our efforts to control the bed bug epidemic. Hill Country Pest Control is proud to be the first pest control company in Texas to incorporate a bed bug detection dog into our business!
Just as important as the dog’s training, is the training of the handler. Hill Country Pest Control’s select team has also undergone Mr. Whitstine’s extensive training and they are dedicated to the maintenance and care required to keep our K-9 team happy, healthy, and sharp!
Hill Country Pest Control Bed Bug Dog Detection Services
You have heard of Bomb Dogs, Drug Dogs, and Arson Dogs…..now canines are the wave of the future in Bed Bug detection.
Bed Bug detection can be very time consuming and labor intensive, but with our Certified Bed Bug Dog, results are much quicker and more accurate. (Example: a Bed Bug Dog can search the average hotel room in under 2 minutes).
This specialized service can prove to be cost effective by locating the bed bugs before they become overwhelming. This is perfect for apartment buildings, hotels, motels, hospitals, Health Care facilities, as well as a single family home.
Call now to have Hill Country Pest Control’s K9 Team identify the infestation of bed bugs and eliminate them.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have been around for a very long time. They are thought to have evolved from their close relative, the bat bug, when they began to feed off cave dwelling humans. It is said that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans have written about bed bugs. Bed bugs had been off the radar for so many years, they were almost forgotten. Now, they are back in a big way!
Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely on the blood of warm blooded animals. Their color can range from white or light tan to a dark brown or burnt orange. Bed bugs seek shelter in dark cracks and crevices.
Bed bugs seek out people and animals (generally during the night), and feed on a few drops of blood. The bite of a Bed bug resembles that of a mosquito or flea.
Bed bugs are most abundant in rooms where people sleep, hiding near the bed. Preferred hiding spots include the bed frame, mattresses and box springs. A cluttered room offers additional hiding places for these insects.
Bed bugs can invade your home by stowing away in your luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, etc. when these objects are moved between apartments, hotels, and homes. Used furniture, especially bed frames and mattresses, are at greatest risk of harboring bed bugs and their eggs.
Bed bugs can also harbor in pleats of curtains, under loose wallpaper near the bed, corners of dressers and desks, within wicker furniture, and in laundry on the floor around the room.
Travelers increasingly encounter bed bugs during their stay away from home in hotels.
Bed bugs can survive for months without feeding, so they may be present in vacant or clean apartments. They can pass between adjoining apartments through holes in walls or holes which wires and pipes pass. They are increasingly becoming a problem in residences of all kinds: homes, apartments, hotels, dorms, hospitals, shelters, etc.
If you complain of bites that occur while sleeping, you should have your residence inspected for bed bugs, and Hill Country Pest Control’s K9 Team is your answer!