Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control now has two bed bug detection dogs, Rambo and Smoke. They have been specially trained to detect the presence of live bed bugs in homes and offices. Once they alert their handler to the presence of the bugs, our trained bed bug professionals develop a bed bug treatment plan to rid your property of these pesky critters.
Rambo (pictured left) is our first bed bug dog. Rambo is a chocolate lab. He joined the team in July of 2012. While he came to Clegg’s already trained to detect bed bugs, he had some additional training with his new handler, Clegg’s team member Tony Dobbs. This phase of the training ensured that Rambo and Tony would work well together to identify and eradicate bed bugs. Rambo and Tony cover the eastern area of North Carolina.
Smoke, also known as “Smoke Detector” (pictured right) is a black lab who works with his handler to cover the central and western areas of North Carolina. Smoke is very friendly and is a great family dog as well as a working dog. Smoke has more than 150 inspections under his collar.
Bed bug dogs go through initial training with an experienced trainer. Once the dog knows its job, “team” training is held so the new handler and dog will learn to work together. Bed bug dogs detect the bugs based on their scent. Human’s noses are not sensitive enough to smell bed bugs, but these dogs have no problem finding them. When Rambo or Smoke finds an infestation, they sit down and point (or stare) at the bug’s location. Once they find bugs, they are rewarded with a toy as a form of positive reinforcement. At this point, the Clegg’s pest professionals take over, evaluating the extent of the problem and determining the best treatment option. The treatment plan is then discussed with the homeowner and Clegg’s gets started killing bed bugs.
To follow Rambo and Smoke’s exploits, Like the Clegg’s Facebook page. We’ll periodically be posting photos, notes and videos of the dogs at work.
If you believe you have bed bugs, don’t let the infestation get out of control. Call Clegg’s today at 1.888.MR.CLEGG to schedule an appointment or contact us online.