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Dogs Seek out Bed Bugs

April 25th, 2012 at 6:04 pm by Diane Rich

Via The Doctors, Daytime Talk Show
I was contacted to share this with my readers.

Summer vacation season is quickly approaching, which can mean exciting trips to warmer climates, new adventures, foods…and a higher risk of bringing home some unexpected souvenirs—bed bugs! Pest control for these hard-to-get-rid-of insects has more than doubled since 2000, since they can go months without a meal (human blood!), and they are hard to detect.

The hosts of the Emmy Award-winning syndicated daytime talk show THE DOCTORS can help your readers find relief from bed bugs with the assistance of a few canine species. On Thursday, April 24, one pest control company specializing in bed bugs shows THE DOCTORS how dogs – especially dachshunds and beagles – can help seek out bed bugs. With more than 225 million scent receptors, these dogs can smell all stages of infestation.

See below for a clip demonstrating this feat by one adorable pup.

Tips: “don’t let the bed bugs bite!”·

Detect them – Bed bugs love small cracks and crevices. Check even the screw holes in your bed frame to see if you have a bed bug problem.· Prevent them – Get rid of all cardboard boxes in the house and switch to plastic for storage.·
Remove them – Make sure to vacuum on a regular basis, as bed bugs can often be found in warm spaces like grooves in a carpet or rug.·
Overheat – If you detect bed bugs on sheets or clothing, throw the fabric in the dryer first, then wash the items and dry them again.

To view the clip, please click on the following link:

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC


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I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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