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.