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Bed Bug News: Demand for Bed Bug Dogs Skyrockets

What pest can go for months with no food, hiding deep in mattresses, bed frames and even baseboards? The bed bug, of course. From the Waldorf-Astoria in New York to furniture rental stores in Eugene, pest control professionals are dealing with more bed bug infestations than this country has seen since they were virtually wiped out in the 1940s and ’50s. As the bed bug problem continues to rise, so do news reports about the nefarious pests.

Here’s a look at some of the latest bed bug news within the pest control industry:

Bed Bugs: Not so Harmless?

Until recently, bed-bug-plagued residents in the Pacific Northwest called their local Eugene or Portland pest control company to eradicate bed bugs simply out of irritation; bed bug bites were thought to be harmless. However, a study recently published in the online journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that bed bugs may also carry drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is spread through casual contact and can result in unsightly skin abscesses and even deadly infections. In other words, contrary to previous thought, bed bugs could pose a serious threat to your family’s health.

Demand for Bed Bug Detection Dogs Skyrockets

The challenge for Portland and Eugene pest control professionals is that bed bugs are extremely difficult to spot. At only 1-7 millimeters in length, most people would fail to notice a bed bug right under their own noses. Furthermore, bed bugs are excellent sneaks; they love to hide in walls, beds, carpets and clutter during the day, only to emerge in darkness to feed on the blood of their human hosts. Especially in high-infestation urban centers such as Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, pest control company owners are looking for good ways to find bed bugs.

Fortunately, man’s best friend has a much easier time locating these tiny insects. Dogs may be trained to detect the sickly sweet smell that bed bugs emit. Indeed, the demand for bed bug dogs has been skyrocketing across the country. The Washington Post recently quoted one owner of a canine scent detection business as saying that the recent increase in demand for bed bug dogs “has been the most dramatic of any canine scent detection since bomb dogs after 9/11.”

As a progressive Portland pest control company, Eden Pest is proud to have its own team of bed bug dogs, which includes an especially sensitive beagle/rat terrier mix named Spring. Our bed bug dogs are a key component in our Integrated Pest Management approach to bed bug pest control. Integrated Pest Management is a pest control approach that is healthy for the environment, as it prevents the use of dangerous toxins. From Seattle to Eugene, pest control pup Spring finds where bed bugs are hiding; our technicians then blast infested areas with 120 degrees Fahrenheit heat, which kills bed bugs at all stages of life.

So if you’re looking for a green Portland pest control company that can help you eliminate bed bugs from your home or business, give us a call.

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