People lined up and waited patiently as their book purchases from
Chappaqua Library were inspected for bedbugs by Trixie the beagle. This five year old
beagle, used her nose, to check through lots of books.
After a June 5-9 book sale, the Library sent out an advisory email
about the pests. Bedbugs have become an increasing problem over the past years.
Beagles have been specially trained to find bedbugs. in hotels, apartment buildings,
homes and even movie theaters.
The dog found several books with the scent of bedbugs on them. A nearby heated trailer was used to decontaminate any suspect books.
James McHale, who owns the pest-control company, said he organized the event as a good-will gesture, one that also helpsmarket his business.
Thanks to Trixie, the contaminated books were found, and decontaminated.
Another bedbug inspector Hunter also has a finely trained nose to find these pests.
Hunter a 2 year old beagle in Utah, has a 98 percent accuracy rate for finding, bedbugs,
and even their eggs. Due to the fine training that he and Trixie have at remembering and storing
a scent, they can find and detect these pests quickly.
Since these bugs are tiny, a well trained beagle can find
where an infestation is. They can also keep you from having to treat your entire
home. They can sniff out and find the nest. That’s very important for getting rid of the pests.
What you should know
*Training typically starts when a beagle is a year old
*Any beagle who works in this field has to be certified by The National
Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association.
*They oversee how the dogs are trained and work.They make sure the dogs are treated
well and not overworked.
Dogcare.dailypuppy has Six detailed steps for training your dog to sniff out bedbugs.
As you lay out the salt shakers with bedbug skin in one, fecal matter in another, and eggs in a separate container. The most important part is
to have your dog, sniff out the salt shakers with live bedbugs, so they don’t get confused with the scents.
Then you take your beagle out of the room, and hide one of the salt shakers. It becomes a game
for your beagle to find the container with the live bedbug. When they do, click and treat. Sometimes
trainers, will also click, and give the dog their favorite toy for finding the bedbug.
If you want to learn more go to Dogcare.dailypuppy.com
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