Inspecting 2 hotels for bed bugs today. One here in Worcester, this morning, and now we are off to a 5-star hotel in Boston that has to rent these cots in preparation for the Marathon next week. Repeat business is what Nicki and Malamar, our bed bug dogs enjoy the most.
Here is an article by PCT magazine that explains in length what it takes to get into the bed bug dog business: http://www.pctonline.com/pct0313-bed-bug-k9-teams.aspx#.UVHLqCoqS_5.email
Thoughtful Senior Health Care covering costs of bed bug inspection and treatment of visiting family's home.
Inspected a couple of rooms in the Altzheimer's wing of this Senior retirement and care facility near Billerica MA. We also were tasked to inspect a hallway with some chairs and couches as well as a living/TV room area.
According to the executive director, a nurse had found on 2 occasions within a short timespan a bed bug crawling on this poor old woman's clothing, once in her room and once in the hallway on the couch.
The inspection resulted in no alerts, which brought a huge sigh of relief for the executive director. However, she wanted to know what else she could do to prevent an infestation from going out of control.
I suggested to have a candid talk with the family of this elder woman as most likely someone in the family keeps bringing in bedbugs when visiting. And to offer to have an inspection of their home conducted as well as have their home treated if needed, all of this at the expense of the facility. Think about it! In the end, the facility will save a lot of money getting to the source of the problem and helping with the cost of treatment rather than wait for an infestation to get out of control.
I was pleased to see that she wholeheartedly agreed with me.
Bed bugs don't discriminate against any establishment. Nicki and Malamar were tasked to inspect a church for bedbugs as one of the parishioners had had an outbreak of bed bugs at his house.
Pro-active searches is a sound approach for preventing a potential for a huge bed bug infestation. And our dogs can even sniff out 1 live bed bug. So if you want peace of mind, call us at 508-713-8267 or click here to fill out this form.
This week, we have been booked solid with jobs in Peabody, Newburyport, Rockport, Chestnut Hill and Needham.
We were on our way back home past the last Framingham exit on the Pike before 495 yesterday at 3:30 PM when we got a call from a luxury hotel in Boston, asking us to conduct an inspection of 15 floors "now": bedrooms, housekeepers' carts, trash rooms and the loading dock that still was holding some of the linen carts a truck had recently delivered. Unfortunately, the hotel got notice a bit late that some of the linen carts may be infested with bed bugs. They had already distributed the linens to the housekeepers on several floors. So we had to turn around and conducted the inspection until late that evening.
Congrats go to our partners, Nicki and Malamar who were very good sports in conducting this search late that day after 2 jobs already performed since the early morning. They did a fantastic job. Best employees I ever had!
I am receiving more and more calls from people who want to make sure that the pesticide or heat treatment against bed bugs did indeed eliminate them. Here come Nicki and Malamar to the rescue, providing peace of mind to these people. I feel for these people because once you have dealt with a bed bug infestation, it is difficult to feel confident that they are indeed gone. I have been a victim myself and know the psychological ordeal.
Our dogs are great at providing peace of mind to people who are still in doubt. No matter how much I am trying to tell these people that most likely there is no longer a problem, they just want the dogs to sniff and tell them.
July has been very busy so far and we have even been asked to do an inspection of the 4th. I guess, bed bugs don't care about the 4th of July as a holiday.
Hope you had a bed bug free 4th of July!
Chestnut Hill to be precise! Top notch apartment complex. Me and Malamar, we love these kinds of environment. Clean, vacuumed, clutter in some units - but organized-, ahh! we love to sniff out those places.
The old ladies were so nice even though some called us "nice pooch". I'm not a pooch! I'm the Regal Beagle and Malamar is the e-Nergetic Jack-a-be. If anything, Malamar is the pooch, not me! I'm pure-blood, I seem to remember.
But we enjoyed the sniffing around. In one of those units, the mother refused to step out of the apartment with her 3 kids.
News to me!
So, here I am performing my sniffing duties in one of the girls's bedroom, when suddenly the door opens and the little girl shouts "these are my toys! Don't touch them" .
Well, I beg to differ, but occasionally I will un-intentionally touch items with my nose because I am so focused on finding these bed bugs that I cannot, Read-My-Sniffs, stop in my endeavor to localize them.
My handler came to my rescue. I love her. And the little girl got comforted with a nice nudge and plenty of attention from me at the conclusion of the inspection.
I love my job...