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Want to sniff out bed bugs? Get a Beagle!

May 2, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Really! With more than 225 million scent receptors (we humans have a mere 5 million) dogs can be an effective tool in the battle against bed bugs.

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Summer vacation season is fast approaching. Many of us will travel and come home with treasured souvenirs. Unfortunately you may also come home with some unwanted souvenirs – bed bugs! These pests are not only hard to get rid of, they can be difficult to detect.

The Emmy winning TV show The Doctors shares with TAILS readers one particularly fascinating method used to detect bed bugs. Dogs, especially Beagles & Dachshunds, can actually smell bed bug infestations. This video from the show demonstrates how one particularly cute puppy does the job.

And, to ensure you we “don’t let the bed bugs bite,” The Doctors also wanted us to be aware of the following:
·         Detect them – Bed bugs love small cracks and crevices.  Check even the screw holes in your bed frame to see if you have a bed bug problem.
·         Prevent them – Get rid of all cardboard boxes in the house and switch to plastic for storage.
·         Remove them – Make sure to vacuum on a regular basis, as bed bugs can often be found in warm spaces like grooves in a carpet or rug.
·         Overheat – If you detect bed bugs on sheets or clothing, throw the fabric in the dryer first, then wash the items and dry them again.

As if we needed another reason to love living with dogs!

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