Philadelphia Hosts Training, Certification Conference For Bedbug-Sniffing Dogs
KYW News Radio (PA)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A group of dog owners has gathered
at a Philadelphia hotel to get their canines trained and certified
to sniff out bedbugs.
There are about 50 dogs in the hotel but you wouldn't know it.
No barking, no snarling.
These dogs are about serious work, going through training
sessions so they can be certified as professional bedbug
(Live bedbugs in a special training vial
that allows the odor out, but not the bugs.)
It's a first-of-a-kind conference involving the National
Pest Management Association and the National Canine
"The dogs actually detect the smell of the bugs themselves,"
says Missy Henricksen of the Pest Association. "Dogs can also
be trained to detect viable eggs."
Henricksen says that dogs were first trained to sniff out
bedbugs about five years ago.
Hope Fink (in top photo) has a canine detection business in
Eastern Maryland, but decided to come to Philadelphia to train her
five-year-old beagle "Flip" to hunt bedbugs.
"There's not a week that goes by that you don't see something
about bedbugs, and we're willing to do the service," she said.