Bed bugs are tiny nocturnal insects that feed on human blood. They do not discriminate. Bed bugs will feed on anyone, no matter what their economic status is. I own a bed bug scent detection company called Doctor Sniffs here in NYC and I find these bugs all over the city. My certified bed bug dog has found them in 5-star hotels, penthouses, restaurants, offices, and just about anywhere that there are people. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and get transferred around on our clothing and bags.
If you are planning on buying a home then definitely consider adding a K9 bed bug inspection to your list of “to do” items. Most people get a termite inspection and a home inspector but they don’t think about the bed bug inspection. The easiest way to do this inspection is with a certified bed bug dog. The dog will go all around the house sniffing all of the furniture, moldings, outlets, and closets. The dog will then alert the handler if there is any odor of bed bugs present in the home.
I have been working in the bed bug scent detection and bed bug inspection business here in NYC for years. Recently I did a K9 bed bug inspection for some new homeowners. The new homeowners did not hire me to inspect before they bought the house. It was only after they moved in that they realized there was a previous bed bug issue in the home that they purchased for $650,000. Now they are battling these bed bugs and trying to find out which walls and floorboards they are coming out of to bite them at nighttime. This is all while living in the home with a newborn. Ugh, what a nightmare!
Don’t make the same mistake as these people, hire a certified bed bug dog before you go into contract. It will be a lot easier to treat the house before you move in than after.
Another thing to consider is 30% of humans don’t react to bed bug bites. The red itchy marks that some people get after being bitten by a bed bug is an allergic reaction. This is how some people can have bed bugs and not even realize it until they finally spot one. Usually by the time they notice the bed bugs they are infested.
Bed bugs are costly to get rid of, so paying for a certified K9 inspection up front will save you money in the long run. There are many ways to get rid of bed bugs but none of them are perfect. Some of the ways to get rid of bed bugs can include heat treatment or vikane gas treatment. Both of these can be extremely expensive. The peace of mind should be enough to convince anyone that a bed bug inspection is a necessity. A home buyer's due diligence needs to also include a bed bug inspection.