By Keith Coddington
Cimex K9, LLC would like to stress the importance of hiring a third party bed bug detection dog service. Here in Phoenix and Nationwide there are unethical scams taking place regarding the use of bed bug detection dogs to convince customers they need costly bed bug treatments when it is not necessary.
Unfortunately we have seen this ourselves in the Phoenix area more than once as we have searched locations right after a previous company insisted there was a major bed bug problem that needed to be addressed immediately. One thing in common with every issue like this is that even though their dog is alerting in various locations they cannot provide visual proof of the infestation as the infestation simply does not exist.
For some reason I have seen consumers just assume since a bed bug detection dog is being used that it is not necessary to verify anything and just trust the pest control company that is operating them. Please insist on evidence and protect yourself as the dog handler may be paid on commission for selling the treatment! If that is not a conflict of interest I don’t know what is.
Also, just because your canine service is provided to you through a regular pest control company it does not necessarily mean it is not a third party. Many pest control companies subcontract out their bed bug canine work to a third party as is the case with most of the jobs we perform. Feel free to ask your company if they contract out their canine services as this will minimize the conflict of interest. Also, make sure the bed bug detection dogs are certified!
If you have any other questions feel free to contact Phoenix, Arizona based Cimex K9 at 888-928-4364
Founder, Certified Detection Dog Trainer