"Bug Busters"
K-9 Bed Bug Detection Service

Why a K-9?



  • K-9’s will find bedbugs in areas that humans can not inspect.  
  • K-9’s can perform an inspection 80% faster than a human, this represents a huge labor & money savings.
  • K-9’s are 98.9% effective at finding all stages of bedbugs including eggs (size of a pinhead + 90% of an infestation). Humans frequently find adult stages and miss eggs.  
  • K-9’s can detect bedbugs inside furniture/walls/objects, humans can not do this unless they have x-ray vision.
  • K-9’s reduce the number of units needing treatment by pin-pointing locations. This is a major treatment expense reduction.
  • K-9’s have proven to reduce liability by positively determining if activity is evident or not.
  • K-9’s have proven to eliminating re-treatments or end long-standing infestations by positively locating active bedbugs. A major cost savings an reduction in legal exposure.
  • Utilizing the technology trusted by detection experts around the world, Bug Buster's K-9 Units deliver efficient and quality assured bed bug detection for hotels, motels, health care facilities, offices and homes.
    • Our bed bug dog is certified to the qualifications recognized by the IBBMA. Our K-9 handlers train daily with their partners and must meet minimum performance standards to work on any given day.
      • All K-9 bed bug alerts are visually confirmed or denied by a licensed pest control specialist. Our bed bug specialists and K-9 Handlers will assess the extent of your infestation.
      • Contact us today at (847) 546-7876 to schedule a K-9 bed bug inspection and receive a consultation. 

“Bug Busters” K-9  provides inspections to all types of structures, luggage, computers, components, cars, buses, campers or wherever you may have a concern. We can issue a certificate to a facility, hotel or rental that will assure them that the premises have been inspected by a Certified Scent Detection Team. The K-9 Team will allow your pest management professional to treat only the affected areas, cutting down the cost of the treatment and the exposure to pesticides to yourself, clients, guests or employees.

Business trips and family vacations: It is accurate to be concerned about bringing bed bugs home so be proactive! Let us know when you will be arriving home leave your luggage, carry-on, computers, pillows and shoes in an enclosed area and we will be there within a reasonable time to have your items examined by the K-9 Team.

The unwanted house guest: Where do bed bugs come from? Innocently, guests or live-in help can unexpectedly pick up these hitchhikers. Where there is opportunity, these creatures will take advantage. We can pick up these blood suckers quite unexpectedly in hotels, airplanes, buses, cruise ships and even taxi cabs. After a house guest or a return from a business trip, get piece of mind by having the K-9 Team go through and make sure there aren’t any unwanted guests.

College students and camps: Bed Bugs have been an issue in our college dorms, libraries and camps. After holidays, breaks and summer vacation, let our K-9 Team inspect your student’s belongings, text books, sleeping bags, backpacks and personal items to make sure it is safe to bring these items into your home.

Military Dorms and Family Housing: Military personnel and their families travel around the world and many times personal belongings and household goods sit in ports of entry or debarkation for long periods of time allowing these pest a place to hide until you unpack them at your new duty station.

Bed bug dogs detect low levels of infestation effectively and efficiently, which leads to lower remediation costs. Cost savings can be quite substantial proven Methods.  The “Nose” is proven cutting-edge technology and the latest trend in the home inspection industry. It’s the only inspection tool that can detect and pinpoint sources of bed bugs - critical information for lowering costs.

Effective Problem Solvers.  Bed bug dogs can quickly and accurately inspect a home, business or hotel which gives both parties the feedback they need to quickly and effectively resolve bed bug issues.

Greater Peace of Mind.  If a properly trained dog doesn’t find bed bugs, you’ll have greater certainty that your home, office or school is safe from bed bugs.

The K-9 Detection Team  trained dog handler accompanies the bed bug dog everywhere it goes and provides continuous training everyday the dog is not working to reinforce the detection of bed bug scent. Each training period is documented and statistics are calculated for the dog’s accuracy. Our K-9 detection team operates in a discrete manner and is sensitive to residents or guests.

Preparation for K-9 Bed Bug Inspection Your cooperation is critical to ensuring a successful inspection. Therefore, we ask that you complete the following essential preparation steps:

  • Remove all bed linens and furniture covers.
  • Move all furniture (beds, chairs, sofas, etc.) 2 feet away from any wall, if possible. This will allow the canine to conduct a thorough inspection around these items.
  • Move objects such as shoe boxes, toys, storage containers, etc. to allow the canine access to all beds and furniture.
  • Remove pets from the living area or place them in the bathroom,with the door closed on the day of the scheduled inspection.
  • Place all food in containers, cabinets or the refrigerator.
  • Empty all trash receptacles.
  • Turn off all fans and air conditioners.
  • Unlock and open all lockers, if they are to be inspected.

Inspections will be conducted in areas where people are normally sedentary (still or at rest for extended periods), such as bedrooms and the livingroom. Inspections will not be performed if any of the above preparations are not completed at the time of inspection.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Why Choose K-9 Inspections for Bed Bugs?

The key to complete bed bug elimination begins with proper identification of infested areas.  While adult bed bugs may be easier to identify, bed bug nymphs and eggs are very difficult to locate, especially in early or light infestations.  With an adept sense of smell, K-9 scent detection dogs possess the unique ability to detect bed bugs quickly and efficiently, with little disruption to your home, office or hotel room.

Compare K-9 Unit Inspections vs. Traditional Inspections

Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs is 97% for K-9 Unit Inspections vs. Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs approximately 40%-60% for traditional inspections

Inspection durations ranging from 2-15 minutes per room for K-9 Units vs. Inspections ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour per room for traditional inspections

Minimal to no disruption to the occupant(s) with K-9 Units vs. moderate level of disruption to the occupant (dismantling of bed, moving of furniture, etc.) with traditional inspections

K-9 Unit detection has no limitations in cluttered areas, inside upholstered surfaces, mattress seams, beneath carpet, behind baseboards, etc. vs. traditional inspections, where detection is limited to visual inspection area only

Credibility and Accuracy

At “Bug Busters” K-9, our goal is to maintain a superior bed bug K-9 scent detection program.  That’s why we will only employ canines who have achieved nationally recognized certification (IBBMA) and specialized training on how to seek and find bed bugs.  K-9 Unit team handlers will also provide on-going training to keep the dogs sharp and focused.  While no bed bug inspection can be 100% accurate, the use of a trained K-9 bed bug inspection team is the most accurate means of detection available.

How Does a K-9 Unit Bed Bug Inspection Work?

K-9 bed bug detection dogs use their keen sense of smell to detect the odor of live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs.  “Bug Busters” K-9 bed bug dogs are trained on a food/or toy reward philosophy, similar to Disaster Search and Human Remains Detection dogs.  This means that if the K-9 “alerts” (a special action specific to each individual dog’s training) its handler will reward with food. Once the area search is completed the dog is rewarded with play.  The area or areas where the K-9 “alerts” will be recorded for further inspection by the handler and allow for quicker, more targeted bed bug treatment.


We understand your brand reputation is of utmost importance, which is why client confidentiality is our number one priority.  “Bug Busters” K-9 will maintain your privacy from the very first contact and in all practices and procedures during the normal course of doing business with you.  To that end, we take every relationship seriously and will extend our policy of confidentiality to all of our clients.  Our K-9 bed bug inspections are available in Lake/McHenry Counties and most of South East Wisconsin. Inspections are also available throughout the Greater Chicagoland area. 

 call (847) 546-7876 today for more information or to schedule an inspection.



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