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Bed Bugs and Dogs

Question: What types of dogs can be used to detect bed bugs?

Answer: The dog’s breed is actually less important than his or her drive and ability to learn. Training typically starts when a dog reaches a year and a half to two years old, and it takes between six and eight weeks to complete. While some breeds are better than others, for the most part dogs are selected based on their inherent drive to complete the job.

Specially trained dogs are able to quickly and accurately detect bed bugs through all life cycle phases, from eggs to adults, meaning they can find these elusive pests in out-of-reach locations such as inside walls and behind baseboards.

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