Secret Site Map
Friday, May 22, 2015

Home News Sprague Gives Oregon Humane Society Something to 'Bark About'

Sprague Gives Oregon Humane Society Something to 'Bark About'

News Coverage

The company is welcoming the second-generation of its canine family as Nikki, a black Labrador, takes over for April as the company’s lead bed bug canine inspector.

| March 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fourth-generation and family owned Sprague Pest Solutions is welcoming the second-generation of its canine family as Nikki, a black Labrador, takes over for April as the company’s lead bed bug canine inspector.

To celebrate the transition of sniffing duties, Sprague Pest Solutions will hold a Retirement Open House on Thursday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the company’s Portland Service Center located at 9106 NE Marx Dr. in Portland.

As part of April’s retirement celebration Sprague will be accepting donations for the Oregon Humane Society during the open house. A representative from the Humane Society will also be on hand to answer any questions about adopting or rescuing a pet. All of the bed bug dogs Sprague employs, including April and Nikki are rescue dogs.

With bed bugs being a significant pest issue not only in Portland and in the Pacific Northwest but across the country, Sprague has employed the services of bed bug sniffing dogs to perform inspections in apartment complexes, hotels, office buildings and homes.

Because of a dog’s keen sense of smell they are highly effective inspectors and are able to identify bed bug infestations that human inspectors cannot easily see with the naked eye. Bed bug dogs receive special training and scent imprinting, and are currently in service across the United States.

During her seven year tenure with Sprague, April, the Pacific Northwest’s first bed bug dog, has performed thousands of inspections and through her superior sense of smell contributed to the discovery and subsequent elimination of numerous bed bug infestations.

April has earned a loyal following and celebrity status in the Portland market appearing numerous times on local television and in newspaper write ups. Both April and Nikki will be living with Eckhard Mueller, A.C.E, Sprague’s certified bed bug K9 handler.

 

Top news

Fastest Growing U.S. Cities in West And South, Census Bureau Reports

Most cities with populations above 100,000 in those regions grew significantly between 2000 and 2010, and 2010 and 2013, according to the bureau's report, which was released last week.

NPMA Announces Search for Next CEO

The National Pest Management Association is recruiting qualified individuals interested in serving as the association’s next CEO.

New Bee Survey Released

Losses of managed honey bee colonies were 23.1 percent for the 2014-2015 winter but summer losses exceeded winter numbers for the first time, making annual losses for the year 42.1 percent, according to preliminary results of the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Apiary Inspectors of America.

Cockroach Allergens May Increase Glaucoma Risk, Researchers Report

Allergens from cats and cockroaches may have biochemical or physical properties that trigger antibodies targeting the optic nerve, according to a new sturdy.

Terminix Announces Top Mosquito Cities Based on Twitter Complaints

According to research by Terminix, the worst whining about mosquitoes came from Goodland, a small town in the northwest corner of Kansas. Terminix searched through approximately 200 billion tweets posted in 2014 to determine which United States city is most pestered by mosquitoes.

x