NEW YORK, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed bugs are difficult to spot during an inspection. Using canine scent detection allows pest management professionals be more efficient and effective during an inspection for these insects. Regardless of situational distractions like apartment clutter, dim lighting or difficult access, bed bug sniffing dogs can successfully detect the scent of bed bugs with 97% accuracy.
Assured Environments' canine teams have just completed their yearly recertification, designed to check each canine's precision and accuracy, teach new identification techniques and update handlers on news and trends in bed bug infestation patterns. The yearly certification procedure is conducted according to the testing standards of the National Pest Management Association and requires the Assured canine teams to work under a strict time limit to find multiple "live hides." Failure to find one or both results in the failure to recertify. Only 21 teams are currently certified by NPMA in NY Sate to find bed bugs, 5 of which are with Assured Environments.
"Mandy [a canine team member] can access places I can't," says handler Bill Quinn. "Plus, I know she's on top of her game because she just passed her recertification again for the third year in a row!" Mandy is a six-year-old Beagle-Basset hound mix who loves bones, balls and squirrels. She lives with her handler, Bill and his family when she's not at work. By having the canines live at home with their handlers, Assured Environments solidifies the dog-handler relationship. When on the job, Mandy signals to Bill that she has detected the presence of bed bugs by pointing with her snout. He's learned to pick up her subtle cues that let him know she is on the scent. "She'll usually go back and forth pretty quick and then spend more time on a certain spot before she decides to signal."
The use of canine inspection teams is one way Assured Environments separates themselves from the typical pest management company. They've also shown a commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible pest solutions for all types of clients, from apartment complexes to hotels and commercial property management companies. From Pest Bird remediation and control to Integrated Pest Management to Compactor and Trash Chute Cleaning, Assured Environments is ahead of the curve with the newest scientific and reliable solutions for any property's concerns.
To schedule an inspection, find out more about canine bed bug detection or learn more about the other services offered by Assured Environments in their service areas of New Jersey and New York, visit http://www.aepest.com/contact-us or call (800) 942-7123. Assured Environments is also available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/assuredenv The company also maintains an active community education blog at http://www.aepest.com/blog
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