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You’ll Never Guess What These Dogs Are Trained To Detect! Clue, It’s In Your Bed!

We know about dogs who can detect dangerous objects with their sense of smell, dogs that can follow a missing person’s trail, and dogs who do their part in saving the marine wildlife by sniffing whale poop. But our canine buddies seem to always have something up their sleeves!


Meet Abby, Arron, and Lily, the bed bug and termite detection pack.

Hudson is the owner of Super Sniffers K-9 Inspection, a termite and bed bug detection service based out of his home at The Landings.

His slogan: “The nose knows.”

He works in the Savannah area, Hilton Head and Jacksonville with three bug-detecting dogs. The others are Lily, a Labrador that can detect termites as well as bed bugs, and Abby, a terrier mix that, like Arron, can detect only bed bugs.

Hudson takes his specially trained dogs to homes, apartments, assisted living complexes, hospitals, hotels and an occasional school.

“We just got a call from a complex, to search 106 rooms. They shut the apartments down, moved all the residents out,” Hudson said. “It was a major infestation.”

Prices for his services run from $150 for a 2,000-square-foot home to $10 a room in a hotel or apartment building. The dogs can go through a house in about half an hour but spend only about a minute in each room in an apartment house or hotel, he said.

Though Hudson has a van that sports the name of his service, he frequently goes to his assignments “in an unmarked car,” he said. Clients don’t want the notoriety that comes with a bed bug infestation.

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According to the report, it was 15 years ago when Hudson learned about bug detecting dogs. And later he on, he trained his own pack, costing him $10,000 for each dog, all of which has individually received 800 hours of training.

The extent of how much dogs can learn is just astounding. Just wow.

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