SPOKANE, Wash.—A local pest agency gave KREM 2 News an inside look at how they have been using their dogs to track down bed bugs.
A dog named Allie has searched hundreds of rooms and had never had a false alarm. She is one of many dogs that help exterminators who work for Prime Pest Control. Allie is a two-year-old English lab.
"Humans can be 50 percent in finding them. A dog can be 90 percent,” said the manager for Prime Pest Control, Lance Freeman.
Allie was trained to sniff her way through homes and apartments by the same people who train police search dogs. She practices every day.
“It has really picked up a bit. We're getting numerous calls a day now,” said Freeman.
Allie tracks the hidden bed bugs that homeowners can not see. Those bed bugs can be found in the couch, in the bed and even inside a backpack. That is where Allie found bed bugs hidden in a North Spokane home on Saturday.
Allie sits to let her trainers know where they should check for bugs.
"She does it because she loves to work. Her reward is the praise,” said Freeman.
The first bed bug sniffing dog in Spokane was introduced in 2009.
Professionals said the best way to avoid bed bugs is to always check and wash your sheets.