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Red Coat is Hiring K9 Handlers

Bed Bug Canine Handler & Technician

Summary:  Fast growing pest control company (bed bug specialists) looking for experienced canine handlers to deliver bed bug detection and investigation services to commercial and residential clients.  Highest level of professionalism and attention to detail a must.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Handle bed bug detection canine
  • Inspect residential and commercial properties for bed bug infestations – both visual and canine
  • Estimate, recommend and sell bed bug remediation services

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Daily maintenance of canine’s training and health
  • Completion of appropriate paperwork
  • Occasional public speaking on bed bugs
  • Assist with bed bug treatments as necessary

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years training and/or handling professional/agility canines of any type
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must successfully pass background investigation and drug test
  • Own reliable transportation
  • Desire to work with dogs and people
  • Able to keep, care for, and maintain dog in residence

Training Requirements:

  • No pest control experience necessary, paid training provided during probationary period
  • Must successfully pass GA Registered Technician Pest Control Exam
  • Must successfully complete training and certification prior to full time employment

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be professional and present him/herself well
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Job Conditions:

  • Handler must be able to operate independently at client site
  • Work is physically demanding, on feet all day and must be able to move 50 pounds without assistance

Travel:

  • 100% daily regional travel
  • Occasional overnight travel to other states for training or for work assignments

Compensation:

  • Salary negotiable based on experience & skills
  • Mileage reimbursement or company vehicle
  • Medical reimbursement provided after 3 months of employment
  • Red Coat Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to employment@redcoatservices.com or fax to 1-866-821-7684.

Bed Bug Success Stories – Episode 1

Our company, Red Coat Services, has been working with a variety of multifamily clients over the years.  They come to us exasperated by a constantly expanding bed bug problem.  Through frequent visibility and vigilance we have conquered the problem.  Here are their stories….(names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty)

CLIENT XYZ

The client owned a 175 unit high end apartment complex with college student and young professional residents.  Property Management knew of 7 units that had bed bug problems in the past and had already been treated by another company.  When those treatments were not successful, management contracted with Red Coat to perform full property quarterly canine inspections and whole unit heat remediation for active infestations.

Red Coat’s initial canine inspection identified 27 of 175 (15%) units infested which was a significant increase over the 7 known units.  Whole unit heat treatments were completed for all active units.

The second quarterly inspection identified 5 new units infested (3%). The third quarterly inspection identified 1 unit infested (1%).  The fourth quarterly inspection identified ZERO infested units.

Management promptly sold the property following resolution of bed bug problem.

I hope this gives you inspiration.  A big problem is not the end of your reputation or your property.  Red Coat can fix it for you!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

 

The 3 Biggest Bed Bug Mistakes Made by Property Managers Today!

If you work in multifamily housing bed bugs are an old subject by now.  But as we have all come to realize, there are ways to win this war and then there is the slow financial drain that seems never ending.  I frequently get the question…”how do we stop this!?!”  So without pointing fingers or naming names I will give you the top three reasons your bed bug problem is never-ending:

1. You did not hit it hard enough and fast enough at its on-set

Do you remember the first time you got that bed bug call?  You did not know what they were, maybe even your pest guy couldn’t identify them.  So he “put something down to kill them” and went about his merry way.  Then a month later, you got the second call and then the rest is history.

Bed bugs require an expert that fully understands the insect and is dedicated to extermination, not just control.  An expert will not be inexpensive, but they will get the job done correctly the first time and will take every precaution to prevent spreading.  Think of it like your car, if you invest in a reliable car, you save money in the long run on maintenance.  If you go with the cheap option on the front end, you will pay much more in the long run to fix it.

Time is your enemy with bed bugs.  They reproduce exponentially and they love to travel for a good meal.  A fertilized female can create a 700 bug and 1000+ egg colony in under 90 days.  You have to be looking for bed bugs to catch them early enough to protect your other units.  Frequent bed bug K9 inspections are essential to staying in-front of the issue.  Then once you find it, treat the unit ASAP.

2. You are letting your pest control provider spread the insects with pesticide

EVERY pest control provider knows that bed bugs run from pesticides.  It is not a disputed fact anymore, it is common knowledge (that is why they recommend treating surrounding units that are not infested).  This is especially important in multifamily when every unit adjoins with others on either side or above and below.  If you want to stop the spreading find a provider that treats with heat and ONLY heat.

3. You are assuming your residents will comply with their part of the bargain.

Every resident must have a vested interest in the success of their bed bug treatment.  It is critical that they understand that an active infestation in their unit will cause others to suffer.  We always recommend the following:

  1. Have the resident physically SIGN OFF stating that they have received their treatment preparation sheet, they understand what to do, and that they agree to do it by the stated treatment date. Have financial penalties for non-compliance.
  2. Always include a bed bug addendum in your lease outlining penalties for lack of notification or self-treatment of bed bugs.

So what to do now?  You may be thinking…”I do some of these, but not all”.  Then get on it!  Hit it hard and fast with an expert who won’t spread bed bugs with pesticide and institute methods with your residents to ensure the success of the treatments.  It will cost you more up front, but not in the long run.  Think about it this way: If you won’t spend the funds to do it right the first time, what makes you think you will want to spend them for the second and a third time, and a fourth, (you get the picture).

 

May the Heat be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Scent Detection Dogs vs Service Dogs

“Is he/she your service dog?” This is a question I hear surprisingly often while I’m out on a property working with Bed Bug Detection Canine, Sade. While I’m out working with Sade, at home, a rescued golden/labrador retriever mix named Dusty, is well on her way to becoming a Certified Service dog. With experience in both sides, I can personally speak to some of the similarities and differences between the two.

Service Dogs are a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people with physical disabilities including visual or hearing impairment, mental disabilities such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and medical alert for those suffering with diabetes, seizures, narcolepsy and even cancer.

Detection Dogs, or sniffer dogs, are trained to detect substances such as drugs, firearms, mold, currency and of course, bed bugs! Some prisons even have dogs trained to detect illicit cell phones in prisons.

Obviously, the main differences lay in their specific functions, what they’re looking for, actions they must perform and behavior (service dogs must be laid back and calm while you want to see a strong working drive in detection dogs), but little else differs.

Either dog can be bred for their specific purpose by organizations, private breeders or even selected from shelters and rescues. The training it takes to get them there is quite similar, taking six to twelve months either way for a completely certified working dog but the end result is the same, helping humans. Is it really any wonder they’re considered man’s best friend?

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

$800K Bed Bug Suit!

Attention all Managers, Landlords, and Property Owners!

If you haven’t read this article already, you need to. The jury really nailed this guy and likely set a precedent for other cases similar in nature. The situation could EASILY have been avoided had he just called a bed bug specialist to begin with. At the very least, he would have saved a ton of money and a massive headache! Not to mention the fact that he could have very easily burned the entire place down performing his own “home heat treatment.”

One of the things we at Red Coat Services constantly harp on with those who manage/own properties is liability! It is critical to educate yourself as well as your staff on bed bug biology so you at least know what you’re dealing with. Additionally, work with your local bed bug specialist to get a plan in place, so when a problem does arise (and it will eventually), they can take care of it as soon as possible. Because as we all know, the longer an infestation sits, the worse it gets and the chance of spreading grows astronomically.

However, the responsibility doesn’t sit on the shoulders of managers/owners alone. It is also crucial for tenants to learn about these vicious little blood suckers and how to look for signs of an infestation. If there is any indication whatsoever, call your local bed bug specialist K9 team to come out and take a look so they may determine the severity and extent of an infestation, or just simply give you peace of mind.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Avoid Bed Bug Hitchhikers this Spring

Adult Bed Bug

Adult Bed Bug

Spring is here and summer is soon to follow, bringing warmer weather and an increase in travel, of course resulting in a steady rise of bed bug incidents. While bed bugs remain active throughout the year, they do prefer warmer temperatures (around 78-80 degrees is preferable) and thusly become more active, meaning higher reproduction rates and shorter growth periods. This results in more bugs in a shorter period of time!When traveling on our spring and summer breaks, how can we possibly protect ourselves from bringing the little vampires home with us? Precautions can start before you make your hotel reservation. You can check travel websites to see what travelers have to say about the hotel, but even when you are satisfied that you have found a bed bug free hotel, there is no guarantee that this is actually the case. It is only a matter of time, so even hotels with shining recommendations will get them eventually.

We must keep in mind that the hotel wants to have bed bugs about as much as you do, so for everyone’s sake, we must educate ourselves, our family and our friends about the bed bug, signs, symptoms, and prevention techniques.

Once you (or your family) return home, check your suitcase outside if possible, or in the bathroom. Catch any bugs you see with a piece of tape then treat your items in the dryer on hot for a full cycle before washing and drying them again and call your local bed bug specialist. For larger items that cannot fit into the dryer, such as your suitcase, you can rent a steamer.

Safe travels and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Check your apartment for bed bugs before you rent!

Speaker on upper wall with bed bugs

Speaker on upper wall

Even after working with bed bugs daily I am still surprised by their resiliency and the havoc bed bugs can inflict on unsuspecting people.  I sing it from the roof tops – be vigilant in your travels and your daily life – because bed bugs are coming to your world one way or the other.  Wouldn’t you rather have a great story of how you found them before they infested your life, rather than the story of how it took you time and money to get them out of your life?  Knowledge and vigilance pays with these insects.

The enclosed pictures are a great example of bed bugs ready for a new host.  This apartment was as the management companies call “ready to rent”.  It had been cleaned, painted and approved for a new renter.  We were asked to do a walk through before they released it.  The first photo show a window screen on the floor next to my ladder.  Nothing monumental here, I just wanted to give perspective for the next photo.  But notice the small little speaker on the upper part of the wall.

The second photo is a close up of the speaker.  I will challenge you to look at the speaker and tell me how many insects you can see.  You may need to zoom in to see the entirety of the population.  The mama is obvious, she is on the surface and is likely the only one that would have been seen by the untrained eye standing in the room.  Daddy is dead center inside the speaker.  The rest of the family – 16 insects in all are all over the speaker in nooks and crannies.  Check out the two bed bugs hiding in the screw hole!  Now that is creepy and all, but the kicker is the 21 eggs that are visible in the photo.  They are the white/clear iridescent tubes that are stuck inside the nooks.

Bed Bugs in Speaker

Bed Bugs in Speaker

All of these bed bugs were just waiting for their next meal to walk in the door.  Luckily for the new renter and the management company we were able to treat this apartment in one day and have it truly “ready to rent” now.

Take care when renting.  If you have the opportunity, have a certified bed bug detection dog check your apartment before you move in.  It is the best advice I can give.

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Why Are Bed Bugs in Our Libraries?

Bed bug eggs in book spine

Bed bug eggs in book spine

Growing up in a very rural town in upstate New York, one of the things I looked forward to the most were my almost weekly trips to the public library to pick up one or two new books, usually on animal training. Needless to say our family pets learned some nifty tricks along the way and even as I wrote this article, it made me laugh to think where my animal fascination has led me today.

It isn’t news to most of us by now that bed bugs have been showing up in our public and school libraries. It really is no surprise considering where most people choose to read, myself included, in bed or a nice cozy chair! This gives the little buggers the perfect opportunity to not only feed while you are sitting still but also to crawl off into their favorite hiding places.

But does this mean we need to steer clear? Of course not! Bed bug infestations are usually a matter of bad luck but there are plenty of things we can do to prevent the spread. More and more libraries are taking initiative by training their employees about bed bugs and taking steps to both prevent and treat for them when necessary. Next time you go, you can call ahead and ask them about their policy, then once there, put on your inspectors cap and take a peek at the spine (especially with hard covers) and between the pages of the books you plan to borrow for feces spots, skins and of course bugs. If there’s any question, bring it to the staff’s attention.

Alana, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Bed Bug K9 in Pest Control

Here is an article that the Georgia Pest Control Association just published regarding the use of dogs to find bed bugs (page 10).  You might recognize the author!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Will Bed Bugs Infest my Dog and Cat?

Bed bugs will feed off of any warm blooded mammal.  That goes for humans, cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, bats etc.  However, they do not tend to like to LIVE on any of us.  They do not live on their food source like a tick or lice.  They will visit the creature while it is still or sleeping and feed until it is full.

I have seen situations where the bed bugs were feeding on a family dog that frequently slept on the couch.  The first bugs were found when the owner picked up the dog to move it and a bed bug ran out from under the dogs spot.

There are some bed bug colony providers (breed, raise and sell bed bugs for research or dog training) that will allow bugs to feed on small animals.  Not me, my bugs starve to death.

Lastly, and this is my opinion only, I am concerned about the bed bug problems in poultry houses. Given the worldwide concerns with disease transferring from birds to people, I think this should be researched more carefully.  The CDC says bed bugs are not vectors of disease, I hope it stays that way.

May the heat be with you!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist