Bed Bug Sniffing Dog To Get Extra Help
Monday, February 6, 2012
LINCOLN, NE - University of Nebraska officials have found bed
bugs in about 35 campus dorm rooms at UNL.
The university is relying on bug sniffing dog to help find and
get rid of a growing problem. Spots the dog is helping sniff out
the problem. Monday the university shared some video of Spots at
"Spots can basically walk by a piece of furniture and with in
two to three feet. If the scent of a bed bug is there he can detect
it," James Pelowski said. Pelowski helps spot in the bed bug
Spots is a rat terrier that has a 95% accuracy rate detecting bed
bugs. "That is the best that any drug dog, bomb dog or bed bug dog
comes out of the academy at."
Pelowski said what makes spots so valuable is that a human is
only 50% accurate. "Through a dorm room or any place you have to go
item through item through item, it's almost virtually impossible
without a dog."
Once bed bugs are found cleaning crews install heating units in
the room to bring the temperature up to between 130 and 140
degrees. At 140 degrees a room is locked down for about four
After the cleaning crew tears down its equipment, Spots does one
final sweep. University officials said they plan on bringing in two
more bug sniffing dogs next week. They hope to have every dorm
checked by the end of the month.