Don't Let the Bedbugs bite...

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

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This summer we listed a multi-family home and after several showings another agent brought in a buyer who made an offer.  After some brief negotiations we came to a meeting of the minds and began the process to get to closing.  

As usual, the buyer had a home inspection performed.  The inspection revealed some minor issues that the seller was happy to resolve.  One issue was that the inspector found two dead bedbugs in the first floor unit.  The seller contracted a pest control company to treat the apartment and figured that all was settled and we could move forward.  Not so easily...




It turns out the buyer has an unnatural fear of bugs and wanted a heat treatment done in addition to the chemical treatment the seller paid for.  The heat treatment would cost about $5,000.  The seller was NOT happy and said that unless the buyer could prove there were active bedbugs, he wouldn't spend that money, he felt the buyer was now taking advantage.

After several discussions with us, the buyers agent and the attorney's, we all agreed that the buyer would hire a firm with a bedbug dog to determine if there were still active bedbugs anywhere in the home.  The only caveat would be that the seller or his agent (us) would have to be there to observe the inspection.

So inspection day finally arrived and we showed up to meet the buyer, his agent and the inspector with the bedbug dog.  It turned out the working dog was an adorable miniature beagle that the inspector carried in his arms.  When he put this cute little dog down to search, it was amazing watching him work.  He went right to the walls, tail up and began sniffing.  The inspector would gently guide him to different areas.  For almost 30 minutes this dog in all it's glory searched happily for bedbugs.  Thankfully he didn't find anything! 

So now the issue is resolved.  No heat treatment is needed and we're headed to the closing table.


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Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

What a cute working dog!  Thank goodness that the buyers were satisfied with the findings.  May your closings be quick and many in 2013!

Dec 30, 2012 02:24 AM #9
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I did know bed bugs could be hard to removee. Like others who commented, I was not aware of the heat treatment or bed bug sniffing dogs.  Great info. 


Dec 30, 2012 02:26 AM #10
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

Wow there is a new one. Is there anything a dog can't find with his sniffer? Worked on a double where one side had bed bugs and the other did not. they treated both sides which was one treatment a week for three weeks. No bugs sighted after that. So how much did using the dog cost?

Dec 30, 2012 02:27 AM #11
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Wayne and Jean,

Beagles are great hunters and I know they are trained to search many things like dope and bombs in airports. This was very interesting about the dog searching and was not mentioned during the webinar. I watched a 3 hour NAR webinar this summer and they had experts from all over the country discussing the severe bedbug problem in this country. We always check the beds and the floor below the beds when we check into hotels. They have found bedbugs in many of the finest hotels in our country.

Bedbugs are G-R-O-S-S! .............Happy Holidays and glad your bug problem was resolved.

Dec 30, 2012 03:16 AM #12
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

I like this post because I've known that beagles are exceptional sniffers for drugs and for bedbugs, too. Having been in the hospitality industry I had lots of experience with bedbugs, how they travel the world on suitcases hitching a free ride .... and cause unbelievable havoc.  Finding them is easy compared to the task of getting rid of them!  They can live for a year without any "food" (human blood is their favorite meal) and can also live on hard surfaces such as furniture, computers, etc.  I had to become a mini-expert on bedbugs and learned more than I ever wanted to know!

Traveling often between the U.S. and Europe, I always loved seeing the Drug Squad beagles hard at work.  Oh, and once they found a half-sandwich in my carry-on bag, that I'd forgotten was there LOL!

Dec 30, 2012 04:17 AM #13
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Hard to believe these bugs only come in pairs !!! Make sure buyer signs something that would get you off the hook if they make a comeback !

Dec 30, 2012 04:51 AM #14
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Now that is a dog of a deal!  Sorry, couldn't pass this line up!

Dec 30, 2012 05:26 AM #15
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

That is amazing!  I never knew that dogs could be trained to search out bedbugs!  

Dec 30, 2012 06:36 AM #16
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Glad you are heading to the closing table. I guess beagle's aren't only adorable but also great sniffers. One thing I was not aware of is the heat treatment. I wonder how well that really works against bed bugs.


Dec 30, 2012 06:46 AM #17
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I just saw that they sell this like fabric sleeping bag for hotels which will protect you from bedbugs when you sleep. I may barf now.

Dec 30, 2012 07:34 AM #18
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Hey guys! Not in a million years would've I have believed this if I didn't read it here. I thought you were gonna say they let the dog roam around the place for a while and checked to see if they bedbugs were ON the dog, not that they dog would sniff them out.

Dec 30, 2012 08:00 AM #19
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Wayne & Jean Marie, A pretty unique problem to have and glad it worked out fine!  I travel a bit on day job work and know to check the mattress edges for the little critters, don't want to bring them home!  Bill

Dec 30, 2012 08:24 AM #20
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings
Can't say that I've ever heard of a bed bug inspection... but Im happy for you that it went well ;-)
Dec 30, 2012 12:20 PM #21
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Wayne and Jean - I had no idea that there were bed bug dogs, let alone such a cute one.

Dec 30, 2012 03:01 PM #22
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hi Wayne and Jean, congrats on your feature. I wrote a post on bedbugs a couple of years ago and at that time there was not beetles at that time to sniff them out. Thanks for the information. 

Dec 30, 2012 03:28 PM #23
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We have seen bedbug dogs at huge hotels. No-one tells you they are bedbug dogs when they parade them through the lobby but we know what they are.

Dec 30, 2012 08:30 PM #24
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

That is one cute beagle!  Looks a lot like mine.  To read this story is amazing to me.  I would have never known this type of thing existed if I didn't read this.  

Dec 30, 2012 09:03 PM #25
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I know there was a beagle working in our market at the height of the bedbug hysteria here (two years ago?) I wrote some posts about bedbugs and heard from the Columbus Board of REALTORS (in a not so friendly way) about a post.  I've been wondering recently if the beagle is still working in our market.   I had some contact with her owners back then. 

Toni's comment is interesting to me.  I know bedbugs are a big problem for hotels.  I know it is a big problem for multi family residences. 

The beagle is adorable, I am glad he was able to reassure the buyer there were no bedbugs in the home.

Dec 30, 2012 09:35 PM #26
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Wow, that's cool! I didn't realize there was such a thing. Thanks for sharing your cute story. Looks like the second option and unbiased pooch saved the seller thousands. Definitely deserves some special treatment! Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2012 12:09 AM #27
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

I did not know this much about bed bugs, especially that there are bedbug dogs! Always learning something new here.

Dec 31, 2012 05:08 AM #28
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