Monthly Archives: June 2011

WDDO Canine Certification for Bed Bug Detection

In early June 2011 the National Pest Management Association hosted a conference for bed bug detection canine teams in Philadelphia.  Lectures covered a variety of topics from the dynamics of the canine nose to ensuring the strength of your defense in a legal setting.  Teams were invited to certify with various organizations to prove their worthiness to perform field bed bug detection.

The World Detection Dog Organization (WDDO) was one of the certifying bodies that participated in the conference and offered certifications.   David Latimer is the Director of Certifications for the WDDO and was interviewed at the event by the BBC.

The WDDO certification is unique because it is double-blind.  This means that no-one in the testing rooms knows where the odors are located, not the proctor and not the certifying team.  The team must work the rooms and then give a report as to the odor locations at the end.  Often one room is blank.  The test is difficult even for seasoned teams.  It will quickly flush out problem areas, poor training, and un-qualified teams.

One company out of Louisiana sent a press release announcing their success in the test.  It is a good description of the challenges faced.

Congratulations to all my peers who have joined us as a  WDDO Certified Detection Canine Team!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist & WDDO Certified


Bed Bug Heat Treatment – What Not to Do…

In May 2011 a Cincinnati exterminator from R.S. Tyree set up 6 propane powered convection heaters to kill bed bugs in a families home.  The propane heat, which comes out at 150 degrees, caught the rug on fire, the tanks exploded and then proceeded to burn down the home completely.

So what went wrong? Let me count the ways…

  1. While the exterminator was only trying to get the space to 135, you cannot control the temp coming from a propane heater.  Propane heat comes out at 150 degrees, which is really hot and will damage all sorts of items in a room or home.
  2. The exterminator was sitting in his truck relaxing when the fire started.  He was not monitoring the process adequately, safety was ignored.
  3. The equipment being utilized was not designed for the task at hand.  In addition, he had placed the propane tanks INSIDE the home that was being heated.  Common sense should tell you that pressurized tanks of flammable gas should not be heated to 135 degrees.

What should you look for in your whole room heat treatment provider?

  1. Electric heat is safer.  The temperatures rise slowly and are easily controlled by automatic shut off devices.  If you want your max temp to be 135 degrees you just set the shut off gauge for that particular temp.   No flammable gas, no hassles, no fires.
  2. Monitoring of the process is key, a constant vigil.   There are custom software packages designed just for this purpose that utilize wireless temp gauges that can be placed throughout the room.
  3. Make sure the equipment is designed for use in controlling pests, not to keep a construction site warm. Look for equipment that is approved for safety by a third-party (UL, ETL, CSA).

As a bed bug specialist, I use Temp-Air’s Thermal Remediation Heaters and monitoring system which is UL approve and CSA recognized as and insect control device.

May the heat be with you!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist