Care Pest Control’s K-9 bedbug inspection teams are dedicated to upholding the highest standards for Entomology Scent Detection Canines, maintaining rigorous standards, strict training procedures and nationally recognized, our canine bedbug detection teams can detect bedbugs where humans cannot. With that said, we thought we would give you a bit of an insight to one of our senior canines: Vegas.
Vegas plays a pivotal role in Care team. Vegas is one of three canines trained specifically in sniffing out bedbugs with Care Pest. In fact, he was the first dog trained to detect bedbugs in British Columbia. Vegas has been in the industry for 5 years, working alongside Marcos, his handler. He was rescued in Kentucky from a shelter, and from there went to Tampa, Florida to train to become a member of the Care Pest team.
There is definitely a stigma associated with bedbugs, and with good reason. Bedbugs are very resilient little pests that feed on us while we sleep; commonly setting up camp in areas like mattresses and couches- but can be found nearly anywhere if it is a high infestation. This includes: clothes, luggage, carpets and more. Although bedbugs cannot jump or fly they can easily transfer from room to room, traveling on infested objects. Because of how easily they spread, it can be tricky to get rid of them and, with that said; bedbugs have become a large problem in large cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that are usually about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, they darken. The eggs are white, and more difficult to see on surfaces, and are typically laid in cracks and crevices- and other hidden areas. They hatch after about 6 -17 days. Adults can live up to 15 months without feeding, and nymphs can live several months without food.
Your attic makes an ideal habitat for many unwanted animals including rodents and birds. While any infestation should be dealt with, birds can pose a significant nuisance as they can contaminate your attic not only with noise but bacteria and parasites as well. Nesting birds in your attic can even cause damage to your property as they scavenge for items to build a nest. Still, the most serious risk of birds in your attic is associated with their droppings as they harbour parasites, bacteria, moulds, and even viruses that are harmful to humans.