Bedbug Sniffing Dogs

I read that Dogs can help people to detect Bedbugs in Hotels by smelling them out, I am not going to celebrate this news.

I have a list of annoying animal type problems in Hotels

First: Ants
Second: Mosquitoes
Third: Cats
Fourth: Dogs
Fifth: Chickens
Sixth: Bedbugs

As you can see, Bedbugs is low on the list.

Panajachel, Guatemala --- Monday, March 15, 2010
By Andy Graham of


Excuses by Owners of Hotels
The last thing I want to hear from an owner of a Hotel is,
"I have the Dogs to detect Bedbugs."
I already hear too many excuse for these mongrels, I will move out of a hotel because of Dogs or Cats, they are not acceptable in my world.

Pet Lovers
Pet Lovers are akin to Smokers, they believe everyone around them must accept them or something is wrong with them. Dogs and Cats love me, if I even left the door open for a minute, they will move into my room and set up housekeeping, mark their territory and become my best friend whether I like it or not.

I do understand that Dogs are needed for security in many countries, however very few owners clean up after the dogs properly and cats for sure are unacceptable in Hotels.

I was walking down the road yesterday with my friend Chris, a dog was trying to walk up close to me; it wanted to be my friend. I said to Chris,
"This Dog is going to get some operant conditioning in a minute."

For those of you that were business major and avoided Psychology 101, click here to read.
We must teach the business majors to talk, I am sure there is some form of operant conditioning that can be utilized.

Bedbug Sniffing Dogs


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What they need in Central America is Dogs that can sniff out the 1 in one hundred beds that does NOT have bed bugs.

Bedbugs should be number 1 worry for sure. I had a run in with them once and had a horrible reaction to them (about 40 quarter sized welts all over my body, itched for weeks). Then I had to worry myself sick that I brought them home....i now check around hotel rooms for the tell tale signs.

Bugs are beginning to be found all over the U.S. even in good hotels. Do you have advice for dealing with them during your travels?

In 12 years of living in Hotels, I have only experienced 2 hotels with Bedbugs.

Look under pillows if you are paranoid, you can see them.

1. Move out of Hotel.
2. Wash you clothes in hot water.
3. Dry in sun for about 24-48 hours.

Do a review of the Hotel, and tell people.

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