Inspection and Treatment

Bed Bug Canine Inspection

The elusive nature of bed bugs is probably the biggest reason they can create mass mayhem within a home or business! While it is easy to sense that signs of bed bugs are beginning to show up in your home or business, actually finding bed bug eggs or live bed bugs is often a much more difficult task.

A homeowner or business owner may encounter many challenges when attempting to do a bed bug inspection without the help of a professional. Larger homes and business facilities must be thoroughly inspected with due diligence and precision to ensure that all infested rooms are properly identified.

Some pest management experts may have a tough time finding the sly little pests in larger, more complicated environments. That’s why many pest control companies — ourselves included — have turned to specially trained canines to conduct K9 inspections alongside our team. Our beagles, Sally and Gus, have an incredible accuracy rate of 97% when it comes to locating the source of a bed bug infestation! Even professionally trained humans only have 30% accuracy, so our bed bug dogs get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Canine inspections for bed bugs are becoming a widespread feature of pest control companies. Just like a canine can use its paramount sense of smell to help find a missing person or sniff out explosives or drugs, dogs can also be expertly trained in bed bug scent detection.

Bed bug inspections with the use of certified entomology scent detection canine helpers are incredibly accurate and reliable. Plus, our dogs are also well-trained to be friendly to families and other pets!

Locates bed bugs at all stages of development.

To date, the only method of detecting bed bugs in every stage of life is through their scent. The scent of live bed bugs and bed bug eggs are similar to each other, if not the same, to the canine’s sense of smell. While a human visual inspection may locate eggs easier than live bugs or vice versa depending on circumstances, the canine does not have that same challenge during inspections.


Professional human visual inspections cannot see through walls, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, linens, and other cozy hiding spaces for bed bugs. Often, some bed bugs are missed and do not get treated as a result of that.

It is simply too complex and time-consuming to thoroughly examine every individual piece of clothing, linen, carpet, pieces of furniture, etc., in the home or business for the presence of bed bugs. The canine’s consummate sense of smell is so precise that the canine can identify infestations that the human eye cannot easily see.

Fast inspection with no mess.

Another advantage of the scent detection method by canines is that it is much less time-consuming and extremely practical for large buildings and facilities. When there is a bed bug infestation affecting your home or business, time is of the essence. Bed bugs can multiply by the minute, and this can present yet another challenge to traditional visual inspections. Canines are far quicker than human visual inspectors are, and they eliminate the necessity of moving around furniture and tearing apart beds and closets. There is no mess left behind after canines inspect, saving you time and money.

NESDCA Certified.

Our dogs have been well-schooled at National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) training facilities. Our customers benefit from their experience, skills, and keen sense of smell!

Courts of law recognize properly trained, certified canines as a scientific instrument because of how effective and accurate they are. Should it be needed, the certification of canine scent inspection can protect the integrity of your home or business in a court case.

Faster detection and treatment for all infestations.

Bed bugs are all for one and one for all, at least as far as canines are concerned. The canine can detect a single live bed bug just as precisely as it can detect a mass infestation of bed bugs. With canine inspections, you have a leg up with being able to detect an infestation in its early stages. This saves you time and part of the expense of bed bug treatment because it will not require the same extensive treatment as a severe infestation.

Attempting to treat your home or business yourself with pesticides is likely unsafe and can expose your family and pets to unnecessary amounts of pesticides.

In addition, most of the bug spray variations on the market today are used so extensively that bed bugs have adapted and become resistant to them. This could cause the bed bug infestation to worsen because repeated exposure to the same chemicals helps bed bugs build immunity.

There are new bed bug treatment methods that don’t involve harsh chemicals. Instead, we use a thermal heat treatment to permeate tight crevices and areas that bed bugs tend to take shelter in. The methods we use at CiMEX can often resolve the bed bug infestation completely without harmful chemicals.

Bed bug control begins with accurate detection, and you can’t get any more accurate than our K9 bed bug inspectors! Contact us today at (703) 470-6577 and let our bed bug sniffing dogs locate the source of your bed bug problems, so we can then solve them.

At CiMEX, we use beagles for inspection and detection. Bed bugs emit a very slight musky odor, not easily identified by the human nose. A beagle with over 225 million olfactory receptors can easily pick out the bed bug scent and locate the source. The compact size of a beagle also makes it ideal for detecting bed bugs – low to the ground for sniffing floors, mattresses, and electrical outlets and light enough for our handler to pick up for inspection of higher areas. This results in an accuracy rate of over 97% versus a human accuracy rate of only 30%. Detecting the best hiding spots for bed bugs is a breeze with our special canine sniffing dogs.


CiMEX Thermal Convection
Heat Treatment

A bed bug is a parasitic insect that feeds by drawing blood from a host. The bed bug tends to stay very close to the host from which it gets its blood meal and can easily move from one host to another in seconds, leaving a trail of itchy red welts along the way. They often feed at night (hence their name), making for a very rude awakening the next morning.

Killing bed bugs is often very difficult because you have to find them first! These insects can hide in tiny spaces. They can even fit into the indentation a nail makes in a wall. Bed bugs can also hide in shoes, clothing, sheets, blankets, pillows, computer bags, briefcases, and many other soft, porous household items.

A bed bug infestation occurs when large numbers of bed bugs can find hosts on which to feed and a convenient place to hide and reproduce. Some of the common places bed bug infestations occur include mattresses, box springs, other parts of the bed, carpets, curtains, and baseboards.

The key is they need a place where they can remain undetected and find a nearby source of blood. Although beds are the most commonplace for bed bugs to hide, a bed bug infestation can also happen in other furniture, blankets, pet beds, and other porous materials.

Once our canine inspection has located the source of your bed bug problems, the next step is bed bug control. In our experience, thermal heat treatment is highly effective at eliminating bed bugs — and much safer for your family and pets than the use of pesticides.

Completely eliminating a bed bug infestation can be challenging and almost impossible for the average homeowner or business owner: The pesticides available for non-professional use at your local hardware store are not as effective as professional methods, and many individuals tend to use dangerous amounts of these chemicals.

For best results when you need to have your home treated for bed bugs, the smart move is to call in a professional pest control company. The bed bug is not a pest to be taken lightly: Without the right combination of extermination methods, a bed bug infestation can spread.

At CiMEX, we are pest control professionals who have the latest equipment and use very effective extermination methods. Our bed bug services quickly get rid of bed bugs so your household can get back to normal.

There are many benefits of hiring a pest extermination professional to handle a bed bug infestation treatment. Bedbugs are difficult to kill, live a relatively long time, and procreate rapidly. It’s important to wipe them out completely the first time, or a few bed bugs will escalate into a major infestation.

Professional pest management companies have the effective methods and techniques to quickly and completely stop bed bug infestation. Our K9 inspection can find all the places bed bugs are hiding in your home, and our bed bug services finish the job by killing these pests and their eggs.

Professionals end the bed bug infestation using fewer pesticides — good to know if you want to limit your family’s and your pet's exposure to these dangerous chemicals.

Bed bugs are often immune to the commonly used bug sprays available in hardware stores, and using them can create a bigger problem. Often, when homeowners try to kill bed bugs themselves, the pests hibernate and reappear later to cause another infestation.

Rather than relying on chemical methods, bed bug control professionals like CiMEX use electric heaters to penetrate hard-to-reach cracks and crevices, killing the bloodsuckers where they hide. Our thermal heat treatment generates the right amount of heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs quickly.

Raising the temperature of your home over 122 degrees Fahrenheit for even a short time is extremely effective at killing bed bugs at all life stages. Preparing your home to be treated with heat is easy, and we arrive in an unmarked van, so your bed bug problem stays private.

Our pest control professionals know safe methods to raise the air temperature just enough to permeate the things in the hot box and kill the bed bug eggs, larvae, and adults without damaging your belongings. The heating units we bring with us use your home’s electricity, so there won’t be any outside generators to draw attention to your home.

For bed bug, thermal heat treatment, or K9 bed bug detection, give us a call today at (703) 470-6577 or fill out our online form.

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