Below is a story about a woman who hired pest control companies like Terminix, Orkin and others to help her find bed bugs and in the end, it was the bed bug sniffing dog that solved the problem! It’s a must read for those that think they have bed bugs but are told by exterminators they don’t! Thank you Mimi for sharing your story:
My nightmare started exactly 2 weeks ago today. That is when I caught my first bed bug on my body around 2 am. I feel “lucky” that I caught the little *#%@ because I had suspected there may have been an issue a couple of weeks prior but could not find any of the evidence in my room or on/around my bed, sheets, box springs, night stands, curtains, picture over my bed, light sockets, etc.
Late November I had to go to Cincinnati for business and about 2 weeks later I received my first “spider” bite. It was the worst bite I have ever experienced! Red, extremely itchy, and swollen. About a week later, low and behold, I got another spider bite. a few days later 3 in a row on my elbow. I even went to my doctor because my boyfriend said it looked like MRSA. After the Dr swabbed the infected area, I told him I thought it could be bed bugs. He said Mimi, you do not have bed bugs.
Well, a week later is when I caught the thing red handed biting me in the middle of the night. That night it woke me up because my neck was itching so badly. I got up to see what was wrong with my neck when I spotted her on my white t-shirt. I freaked when I caught it because blood squished out of it’s body! That’s when I knew what the hell I had. I put her in a plastic container and looked up images on the internet.
Terminix Bed Bug Extermination Fees
The next day I had Terminix come out to inspect my home. After inspection he said he could not find evidence of bed bugs. I then showed him my container and he said “Yep, that’s a bed bug alright!” Even though he could not find evidence until I handed it to him on a silver platter, he said well, you definitely have bed bug eggs and I can treat your house for $1,150. I also had to sign a 1 year contract to have my house sprayed for the following 12 months in addition to the $1150.
Orkin Extermination Fees
I next called Orkin. That guy said if the Terminix guy identified the bed bug in my container, then he would be happy to treat my home for $1,000. This is sight unseen as he wouldn’t even come to my home since I told him another company had come out.
OPC Pest Control
I next called OPC because they treat using thermal radiation (Heating the house). I did not let him know about having a competitor check my home 2 days prior.
This guy did a very thorough inspection and also could not find evidence until I showed him my “trophy” in the plastic container.
Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs – Worked!
So next I called this guy in northern Ky who has dogs that smell live bed bugs and their eggs. His dogs identified only 1 bag that contained my down comforter (I madly cleaned, vacuumed and bagged everything the day I found the bed bug).
I also threw out my comforter that the dogs identified, bagged the rest of the bedding, encased bed, box spring, and pillow sprayed Rest Easy, and put glue traps around the legs of my bed.
15 Bites = 6 Bed Bugs
Broke down my whole bed and vacuumed every crack and crevice of my furniture and light socket. I have been vigilant in my search for bed bugs, exoskeletons, larvae, and eggs but still cannot find anything except for that one bed bug I caught. I know that there must have been more than that one as I had 15 bites on my neck 2 weeks ago.
The dog guy said there were probably about 6 bugs that night on my neck to cause that many bites. The guy with the dogs said the one I caught was a female so I am waiting to see what happens in the nest 2 weeks.
It’s been 2 weeks today since my last bite but I still wake every night with nightmares of bed bugs crawling on my neck. I wake myself up scratching my neck but, thank god no bites….yet! I am going crazy
I think I have caught this early and if I have total faith in the dogs, only my comforter was compromised but time will tell!
Wish me luck and I wish all of you luck as well as this is the most emotionally devastating experience I have gone through to date.
I am “ate up” with this bed bug thing and can’t sleep even though I have been bite free for 14 days now. This is a crazy, all consuming event in my life right now, as you all know!
A bit about the Bed Bug Sniffing Dog
The dog service was $360. For me it was worth it as I feel his dogs are well trained and were invaluable in helping to find their location in my house! I am keeping my fingers crossed as it’s been 3 weeks since I realized I had bed bugs and no bites!
He had two dogs. The first dog he called “the sweeper”. She is a black lab and she indicated the plastic garbage bag I had put my comforter in the night I found a bed bug. (He had opened all the black plastic garbage bags that I stuffed all bedding into so the dogs could get a whiff of them).
The second dog, a terrier, was brought in after the first dog and he said was his pin point dog also only indicated on the same bag. Both dogs went through the whole house (3 levels) and all closets, dresser drawers, and my car.
He lives 1 1/2 hours away from me so my charge was reflected in my bill. He had been a pest control specialist in the Cincinnati area before he got into training these dogs and he is very knowledgeable about bed bugs as he has had a lot of experience in the Cincinnati area.
I was a little skeptical at first but he told me there is no guarantee but, he has a lot of confidence in his dogs. As of now, I do as well!
Another story for those unsure about hiring a dog to investigate the situation for you? That’s what Belinda Hurley did. According to the article ‘Dog trained to sniff out bedbugs’ by Eric Robinette from the Middletown Journal (Middletown, Ohio) Hurley is Franklin Municipal Court’s probation officer and had Bella, a Labrador retriever, trained to detect bedbugs find the little pests in her own home. Gary Broberg, a dog trainer, is Bella’s owner and says that the insects give off a pheromone that Bella can smell. So just like a dog can be trained to detect drugs they can be trained to detect bedbugs.
So how much does hiring a dog to determine if you have a bedbug problem cost? In Bella’s case it runs anywhere from $250 to $800, depending on the size of the building. Is it worth spending the extra cash to hire a dog? According to Broberg Bella can offer assurance that insecticides can’t. A direct quote from Broberg from the article says: ‘…they could be hiding in cracks and crevices, but a dog will let you know if they’re there or not.’
Hurley defiantly was looking for that extra assurance, as she found Bella through law enforcement connections. Despite already having pest control in her home, Hurley wanted Bella to double check the situation and expressed her faith in canines. For some people paying the extra cash for a canine to detect bedbugs is well worth the price. It just may allow them to sleep better at night knowing that they are 100% bedbug free. After all say the pest control missed some of those bugs, say about 40 of them, just give it a mere six months and you’ll have over 5,905 of the little unwanted guests!