A Bed Bug Inspection Should be Included in a Home Buyers Due Diligence

Home Inspector with Doctor Sniffs Bed Bug Dogs

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. 

Comments (12)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WEll, I have not heard of any of thesein my area in 20 years but there are some areas I can see it

Mar 04, 2019 05:51 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Mar 04, 2019 07:39 PM
Tonya R. Taylor
SavvyBizBuilder.com - Columbia, MD
Tell me 1 thing you want to learn about marketing?

Thanks for the information. Congrats on your first Active Rain blog post. Keep them coming! 

Mar 05, 2019 06:05 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Congratulations on your first blog.  I've heard the horror stories, especially at the large campus's.  I never would have thought to add it to the home inspection, that's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 05, 2019 07:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, have luckily not heard of any bed bugs here in Denver, but maybe in NYC.   

Mar 05, 2019 07:14 AM
Diana Ludwiczak

Denver has them, lol!  but just not as many as other areas: https://patch.com/colorado/denver/denvers-rank-drops-bedbugs-infestations-study

Mar 05, 2019 10:04 AM
Kate Steven
5homestyle - Adak, AK
Best Real Estate agent

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain


Mar 05, 2019 10:33 AM
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Welcome to Active Rain -   So far  I have not  ran  into any single or multi  family home owners / buyers who have asked for a bed-bug inspection.  Only landlords /  tenants  and co-op /condo owners  who have to present bed bug certifications/ disclosures for sales transactions.  Use of the dog / employee o sniff out the bugs is an interesting / teachable concept.  


Bookmarked to share with my associates especially those who buy and sell multi fam propeties.  Thanks.  


Mar 05, 2019 12:03 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Diana Ludwiczak welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first blog successfully on this site.

Mar 06, 2019 07:10 PM
Kate Steven
5homestyle - Adak, AK
Best Real Estate agent

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain

Mar 06, 2019 08:44 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Welcome to ActiveRain, I hope that your participation here helps your business to grow.
Btw, I followed your blog, and would be honored if you followed mine.
Thank You!

Mar 07, 2019 09:20 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Apr 04, 2019 09:59 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Diana - your answer to a pandemic quarantine question in the Q&A section brought attention to you and your company.  Interesting.  I wasn't aware that dogs could be trained but it does make sense as we have seen evidence of their use and resourcefulness in other areas beyond their furry companionship qualities.  

Oct 26, 2020 06:44 AM