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.
â€œIn looking for a business opportunity with little competition, growing demand, low overhead and low start up costs, all while providing an essential service â€” canine bedbug detection was an easy decision for us to make,â€ 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.