Liberty Belle, a 2-year-old Beagle, is trained to sniff out bedbugs. Husband-and-wife team Christen and Glen Collymore adopted Liberty Belle from the J & K Canine Academy in High Springs, Fla.
The Collymores created their business, K9 Special Forces, in February. Although the company is young, the trio already have worked in five states.
“In looking for a business opportunity with little competition, growing demand, low overhead and low start up costs, all while providing an essential service — canine bedbug detection was an easy decision for us to make,” Glen Collymore said.
After getting the dog, the Collymores trained with her at J & K Canine Academy, where they also learned how to work with and handle Liberty Belle. After the training was done, the dog had to pass a National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association test in order to become certified.
According to the company, independent research has shown that a certified Bed Bug Dog Team can accurately detect the scent of live bedbugs and live bedbug eggs with up to 95% accuracy. A human technician detects bedbugs somewhere between 15%-30% at best.
At this link, you can see a video from J & K Canine Academy about how dog bed bug training works.