Today I spent a lazy Sunday watching the Discovery Channel. Started out with Extreme Loggers, moved on to Dirty Jobs, and finished up with a show about exterminators – Verminators.
Normally, a show about roach and rat infestations would not be a topic of the Backcountry K-9 blog. However, this particular episode featured a dog trained specifically to sniff out bed bugs!
Part of the show focused on a couple who swore they had bed bugs but a handful of other exterminators could find no signs of them. This company couldn’t either until they called in their backup – a K-9. The little guy sniffed around and pinpointed a spot in the headboard and the mattress that had the early stages of bed bugs that are hard to see with the naked eye.
As it turns out with a quick Google search, dogs as bed bug exterminators isn’t all that uncommon. Check out this story about a bed bug sniffing beagle named Radar.