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3 Biggest Bed Bug Myths Debunked @ BOMA

IMG_20170526_155559Red Coat attended the BOMA show for the first time last week. It was a great event and we met lots of new people!  Everyone loved meeting Sadie as she ran the bed bug carousel.  By the end of the day she was so exhausted she just laid down on top of the bugs!

Meeting new people in a new industry brought a few new questions and stories to the forefront.  There is a great deal of mis-information about bed bugs in the world today.  Here are the 3 most common myths we discussed with attendees:

1) “I don’t have BEDS on my property, so I’m good!”

Do not let the name confuse you. They will live on any surface excluding glass or porcelain.  In more “mature” bed bug markets, OFFICE infestations are the fastest growing area for bed bug finds and treatments.  They are coming to an office chair near you!  Are you ready?

2) “I thought they were microscopic!”

Oh no! The adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed.  The babies are quite small and very often overlooked.  But these bugs are messy and leave behind clear feces markings and shed skins.  Yes, one bug can be hard to find, but more often the infestation is very evident.

3) “I didn’t know dogs can find bed bugs?”

Yes, Bed Bug Detection Dogs are working animals trained on the odor of the insects. They are the fastest, most effective tool in identifying the location of the infestation. The best dogs can clear 200-300 chairs and desks in 2 hours.

Don’t be mistaken, bed bugs are everywhere we go now.  Know the signs and how to protect yourself when in public!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

 

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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 office@redcoatservices.com or fax to 1-866-821-7684.

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