Our Inspection Process


In order to allow for successful inspection and to maximize on the inspection process the following steps must be taken to prepare your home/unit:

    • Provide full disclosure of previous chemical pest control treatments to ensure that the canine inspector is not exposed to damaging chemicals.
    • If possible, do not use scented cleaning products or air fresheners for one week before canine inspection.
    • Remove any open rodent bait stations, snap traps and/or glue boards from accessible areas, as well as any sharp items such as knives and needles.
    • If diatomaceous earth has been used as a treatment, it must be thoroughly removed from the inspection area. If inhaled, this product can damage the canine inspector’s scent glands.
    • Make sure the environment is free from medication or pills.
    • Make sure the environment is free from food and garbage.
    • If possible, move furniture away from walls to allow access to baseboards and electrical outlets.
    • Minimize noise and distractions in the inspection area. Remove pets such as dogs, cats and birds from the inspection area (for example, outside into a pet crate) and remove their food and water bowls as well. Keep children out of the inspection area while the canine inspector is working.
    • 3 hours prior to the inspection:

- NO SMOKING in the units

- Turn off air conditioners, heaters and fans, and close doors and windows in the inspection areas. This will increase the accuracy of the alert locations as scent travels with air, sometimes for significant distances.


    • The handler will first perform a walkthrough of the premises to become familiar with the layout and to ensure that there are no hazards to the canine inspector.
    • Next the handler will bring the canine inspector in to perform a comprehensive search of the entire premises paying particular attention to any areas and rooms in question.
    • The handler may bring live specimens in secure containers to use as "hides" to ensure that alerts are accurate and to keep the dog engaged throughout the inspection.
    • Dogs can have "off" days and fail to perform as expected. If this happens the inspection will be rescheduled.
    • If the canine inspector alerts to bed bugs, you may contact a Pest Management Provider of your choice. We can provide a recommendation.
    • A follow-up inspection can be scheduled to determine the success of the treatment.

Videos of patches at work.