Canine bug detectives to the rescue |

Canine bug detectives to the rescue

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Dakota, a beautiful mastiff mix, is two years old. She walks extremely well on a leash and loves to have her belly rubbed. Dakota likes most dogs and is looking for a forever home. She is loving and very sweet. Come out and take her for a walk.

I realize how paranoid it appears when I check out before I book a hotel room, but bed bugs have been turning up everywhere. In fact, I recently read about a gentleman who decided to get rid of his bug problem but blew up his home instead. Poor solution!

Enter the noble canine. At the J&K Canine Academy, dogs are trained to sniff out bed bugs. J&K partnered with researchers at the University of Florida to validate the effectiveness of the canine bug detectives. Dogs have an acute sense of smell, and they are able to detect bugs in the most remote places.

Several bug companies have employed the canine experts because they are especially suited for large-scale inspections where visual inspections are not practical. They are used for periodic inspections of hotel guest rooms, college dormitories, apartment complexes, movie theaters, schools and office buildings.

Some companies use two dogs simultaneously to get and confirm results quickly. With scent detection a canine can swiftly sweep an area and zero in on the problem. Unfortunately, some places, like electrical outlets, need to be inspected by humans. Another complication is scent travels, so bugs may not be present and visual confirmation is necessary.

Using canines cuts down on the time and number of people needed for inspections and provides a working partnership between human and dog. Dogs are man’s best friend. Bugs better beware.


Garage sale items. We need gently used appliances, furniture, treadmills and miscellaneous items. We don’t need clothing. You can drop off items at our storage unit located at 1105 Taylor Place (Spring Valley Rentals), unit S62. Someone will be there from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. We are now able to pick up cans because our trailer has been fixed. If you have cans to pick up, call 775-423-7500.


A&K Earth Movers Inc., thank you for the maintenance work you have provided. A Tail Wag to you!

Hiskett & Sons, we appreciate all of the rocks. You rock!


CAPS will be at Walmart on Sept. 15 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We have colorful caps and shirts, so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


August Pet Holiday: National Dog Day.

CAPS annual garage sale that will be held Sept. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside at Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine St.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2017 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For more information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

You can pre-order your CAPS calendar; call 775-423-7500 for details.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a 20-gallon tree on Sept. 15, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me,

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer.