Dogs that sniff out bedbugs

News 03/22/2016

Anticimex conducts around 20,000 bedbug sanitations a year in Sweden, which is twenty times more than ten years ago.

With the help of specially trained and certified dogs, Anticimex Sweden has identified a new method to deal with the problem. “With a bedbug dog we find 97 per cent of these tricky creatures,” says Håkan Kjellberg, pest expert at Anticimex Sweden.

Anticimex collaborates with the only EU-certified company in Scandinavia, Passéra Detection Dogs, which specialises in training dogs to find explosives.

“The dog has a superior ability to sense and react to only a hint of an odour, such as the scent of a single bedbug. It reacts immediately, even if there is only a single bedbug in the room,” says Håkan Kjellberg. Bedbug dogs can be used both for prevention and as a final check after bedbug sanitation. This is more efficient and Anticimex can solve the problem more quickly than with targeted interventions.

Rental properties, hotels, student housing and short-term accommodations are examples of environments where bedbug dogs can make a difference. Public buildings such as libraries and cinemas, or trains, buses and airplanes can also be inspected quickly and efficiently using bedbug dogs.

For more information, please contact:
Gunilla Carlsson, Head of Group Marketing, +46 708 733 830,

Published: 03/22/2016