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Chloe

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Chloe, a tri-colour beagle specifically trained to sniff out bed bugs, is helping Sleep Tight Services solve bed bug problems throughout Melbourne.
New bed bug infestations are difficult to find visually because of the small number of bed bugs and the fact that these bugs usually stay hidden. Looking for 1-5 bed bugs in a large bedroom with multiple hiding places can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. That is why “scenting” can be very effective to determine if bed bugs are present and where to look.

Chloe is the only bed bug scent detector dog in Victoria. Through extensive training and practice, Chloe can detect through scent if bed bugs are present. Once an infestation has been detected, Chloe will sit to indicate what she has found. And of course, her findings are always rewarded with a treat and confirmed by her handler, Maureen Koegel, a licensed pest control operator.

When not at work Chloe enjoys lying in the sun, chasing birds and meeting other dogs.

The poo never lies!

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A recent client experienced a few (8-10 bites over 4 weeks) and found a bug on her bed which she quickly squashed and flushed. (No evidence available).

After googling bed bugs and believing that the bug she had killed was indeed a bed bug she called Sleep Tight Services to confirm her suspicions and develop a treatment plan. A thorough inspection found no bed bugs(live or dead), no eggs, no shed skins and 2 spots on wooden bed slats that looked like foecal traces (black spots).

Thanks to a special test kit the spots were confirmed as bed bug faeces which look like this.

Due to the fact that this infestation was very new and small the treatment was simple and much less expensive than most.