Canine Detection & Extermination of Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

Considered one of the most disagreeable of all “houseguest” pests, once a bed bug problem develops attempts to manage the dilemma are best left to a bed bug exterminator using commercial pest control measures. The reason is simple.

Unlike other types of household pests such as roaches, ants, spiders, rats and mice, bed bugs don’t infest households for human food. Instead, they seek a ready supply of warm blooded resources from which to gorge at mealtime.

Standard pest control measures may include such things as bait stations – which can be effective when used for their intended purpose. But, bed bugs removal requires special elimination efforts familiar to a pest control expert.

Information on bed bugs

Our K-9 Division

Once nearly eradicated in the U.S., bed bugs have made a comeback. These blood-sucking insects have become a nuisance at hotels, cruise ships, apartment buildings, college dorms, hospitals, nursing homes, jails or anywhere there are sleeping quarters. Oftentimes, unsuspecting humans carry these uninvited guests on their clothing or luggage and inadvertently infest their their own homes.

Quest Pest Control has a new and highly effective weapon in the fight against bed bugs in CT. Her name is Ellie and she is a beagle trained to detect bed bugs by scent. We fight bedbugs in New England, New York and Connecticut.

Ellie has received intensive training and is certified by the NATIONAL ENTOMOLOGY SCENT DETECTION CANINE ASSOCIATION.

Ellie the Canine Bed Bug Detector

Ellie in Action!!

Quest Pest Control in CT is a proud member of the NESDCA.

Until we enlisted the help of our beagle Ellie, we had to rely on visual inspections. However, bed bug infestation can occur behind walls, baseboards or under carpets—areas that humans cannot easily detect.

These nocturnal, biting insects have been known to hide in alarm clocks, headboards and even on clothes hangers.
The good news is that Ellie is able to detect the presence of these pests and the exact areas of infestation within two minutes of entering a room. She will either point or bark to signal her find.

Early detection of bed bugs in CT or anywhere in the US, is key because once the insects have moved in it can take months to get rid of them.

Since the use of DDT was banned, newer products don’t completely wipe out the bed bugs so it’s unlikely to kill the bugs the first time around.

For Businesses, an infestation could cause bad publicity, lost revenue and possible lawsuits.

For Homeowners, it could require disposal of all the contents of the infested room, including upholstery, drapes and other furniture.