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On February 28th, 2014, our K9 team was successfully re-certified in Florida by NESDCA for the 5th time in as many tries. Our bed bug K9 inspection team continues to meet the highest standards set forth by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), and our visual inspections are as experienced as any company providing bed bug inspections. As we provide bed bug inspections full time, our experience rivals that of any company offering a similar service. Our K9 team has never failed a mandatory certification, and continues to be one of the most experienced bed bug detection teams in the country – including those owned by the largest pest control companies.
On a yearly basis, the trend we see with certifications is that many companies will stop certifying their K9, either because it becomes too big of a demand on their overall business (if they are a pest control company), or, because the team has failed its most recent certification. The 3rd party certification that NESDCA offers is extremely valuable to the public, because it means someone at NESDCA is confirming that a K9 can still do what it was originally trained to do. We continue to see that some K9 inspection companies advertise that it’s K9 was trained by a “certified dog trainer,” but that’s not what proper certification is. Certification means that a 3rd party has verified that a K9 team is able to perform the job it was trained to do successfully.
A reason NESDCA is accepted by the NPMA is because its evaluators have no vested-interest in the outcome of a certification. NESDCA fairly determines whether a K9 team can find hidden bed bugs or not. NESDCA also is able to stress and communicate very effectively how important the ongoing training of a K9 is to the re-certification process.
We’re in our 5th year of utilizing a K9 as part of our bed bug inspection process, and as we continue to try to exceed every standard you may expect for your bed bug inspection need, we welcome your phone calls at all times to discuss or K9 and visual inspection process.