Bedbug dogs sniff out blood-suckers
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Dozens of dogs trained to sniff out bedbugs have been put to the
test at a US hotel in a bid to combat the increase in
Dogs receive certification if they can find escape-proof vials
containing up to 20 of the blood-sucking insects hidden in some of
the guest rooms.
The National Pest Management Association is hosting the canine
conference in Philadelphia. It says training a dog properly takes
several months and can cost around $10,000 (£6,100).
Bedbugs emit an odour that can be smelt by dogs but not humans.
Handlers say dogs can be trained to sniff them out in the same way
they are used to detect drugs and explosives.