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Bed Bug Sniffing Dog
FAIRBORN -- Southwest Ohio is a hot spot for bed bugs.
This week, Wright State University had to shut down a dorm room for treatment after bed bugs turned up, and the latest weapon in the battle has four legs and a keen sense of smell.
Lizzie is able to sniff out the bed bugs. She was trained to sit when she smells bed bugs. It's a job she and her owner Jim Ross do a lot right here in the Miami Valley.
"The only bug we do is bed bugs and we are going 7 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day," said Jim Ross.
Lizzie and Ross go to hotels and businesses to detect the start of an infestation. They use a white paper to look for fecal matter and parts of their skin, and a yellow paper shows the spots of blood which come out of the bug after they feed.
Experts say the best way to kill bed bugs though is through heat. You can also buy a pack-tight for about $300. You put luggage inside, zip it up, turn it on and when it heats up to 122 degrees, the bed bugs are dead.
There are also ways to avoid them, first do a visual check of your hotel rooms, look towards the head of the bed, in between the mattresses and in the seams of the bed linen. If you see something - say something right away!
"It's well within your right to complain, to management to be forceful in making a room change, careful about a refund policy, know what it is and if you find some get a full or partial refund. said John North with the Better Business Bureau in Dayton.
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