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Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Quickly With Accurate K9 Bed Bug Inspections

Why Choose K-9 Inspections for Bed Bugs?

The road to complete bed bug elimination begins with proper identification of infested areas. While adult bed bugs may be easier to identify, bed bug nymphs and eggs are very difficult to locate, especially in early or light infestations. With an adept sense of smell, K-9 scent detection dogs possess the unique ability to detect bed bugs quickly and efficiently, with little disruption to your home, office or hotel room.

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Inspections vs K-9 Unit Inspections

Traditional Pest Professional Inspection K-9 Unit Inspection
Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs approximately 40-60% Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs, 90th percentile
Inspection durations ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour Inspection durations ranging from 2-15 minutes
Moderate level of disruption to occupant (dismantling of bed, moving of furniture, etc.) Minimal to no disruption to occupant
Detection is limited to visual inspection area only Detection has no limitations in cluttered areas, inside upholstered surfaces, mattress seams, beneath carpet, behind baseboards, etc.

Credibility and Accuracy

American Pest’s goal is to maintain a world class bed bug K-9 scent detection program. American Pest will only employ canines having achieved 600 hours or more of specialized training on how to seek and find bed bugs. K-9 Unit team handlers will also provide continuous training to keep the dogs sharp and focused. While no bed bug inspection can be 100% accurate, the use of a trained K-9 bed bug inspection team is the most accurate means of detection available.

HOW Does a K-9 Unit Bed Bug Inspection Work?

K-9 bed bug detection dogs use their keen sense of smell to detect the odor of live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs. The American Pest K-9 unit dogs are trained on a food/or toy reward philosophy, similar to cadaver and police dogs. This means that if the K-9 “alerts” (a special action specific to each individual dog’s training) it will be rewarded with a toy by an American Pest K-9 handler. The area or areas where the K-9 “alerts” will be documented for further inspection by the handler. Thereafter, American Pest professionals will focus on the physical evidence of bed bugs in order to develop a successful treatment strategy, with the intent to completely eradicate bed bugs where they are identified.



At American Pest, we understand your brand reputation is of utmost importance, which is why client confidentiality is our number one priority. American Pest professionals will maintain your privacy from the very first contact and in all practices and procedures during the normal course of doing business with you. To that end, we take every relationship seriously and will extend our policy of confidentiality to all of our clients. Available in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia; contact American Pest today to schedule your K-9 Bed Bug Inspection.