Bed bugs are on the rise, but a local business is helping the problemFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Now a story that may give you the "willies." Bed bugs are on the rise. More people are traveling globally. DDT has been banned.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Now a story that may give you the "willies."
Bed bugs are on the rise. More people are traveling globally. DDT has been banned.
But a local business is stepping in to help the problem, using furry, four legged bug trackers.
Tony St.Clair started Scent Detection Systems about 9 years ago. Using K-9s to detect narcotics just about anywhere. Now added to that list...bed bugs. St. Clair uses a reward system to train 1 year old rescue dog Karley.
Tony St.Clair- Owner, Scent Detection Systems: "Started out with a tennis ball and we just kind of played a little hide and seek."
Karley can only detect live bed bugs. St.Clair keeps a bag of them in hand.
St.Clair: "When they search a room, when they alert we do the inspection part, and so when we do the training they always find something."
Karley helps detect the devious critters to keep places like the 59er hotel bug free, along with homes and treatment facilities.
Larry Boomgaarden- Canine Handler, Scent Dectection Systems: "We can come in periodically and make sure that they are not there or if they are there we can find them right away so they can get rid of them quicker."
Canine Handler Larry Boomgaarden says the dogs are more reliable then human detection.
Boomgaarden: "Dogs in the 90 percent in finding bed bugs and a visual inspection by someone who's actually trained in it is probably more like that 30-40 percent."
Right now Karley is the only dog on the team that can detect bed bugs, but with bed bugs problems on the rise SDS might have to add another member to that team.
Boomgaarden: "It's been a slow process, they've moved North, but they're moving North."
So far Karley has a 100 percent success rate, and as long as there's a tennis ball in hand she will continue to sniff out the problem.
Scent Detection Systems only detects and does not treat bed bugs.