JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Black Diamond Pest Control announced that five of the company’s inspection dogs earned bed bug certification from the North American Canine Pest Inspectors (NACPI).
On Nov. 11, Paula Lomax, tactical K9 operations supervisor at Black Diamond, took all five of the canines to an offsite location to test for their North American Canine Pest Inspectors certification. Each of them passed, earning certification.
According to NACPI certification standards, evaluators observe and document the testing canine for willingness to work, interest, accuracy and overall behavior. Evaluators also observe and document the handler for ability to properly work and interpret their canine, ability to perform a thorough search, as well as overall control of the canine. Lomax successfully led all five pups through the testing process.
“We’re very proud of Paula and our K9 team,” says Black Diamond CEO Keith Duncan, Jr. “What other person or company can boast that they have not only successfully trained, but have certified five one-year-olds at the same time? This is a huge accomplishment that shows just how committed Black Diamond is to offering outstanding service to our community.”
The puppies (who just turned one and have been trained by Lomax in Black Diamond’s K9 Academy almost since birth) will join the Black Diamond K9 team in Southern Indiana, which will then have nine certified K9s. Why does the company invest so much in their K9 Bed Bug detection team? “K9s are faster at searching large areas and they are more efficient,” says Lomax. “They’re capable of smelling even a single viable egg or live bug that is hiding somewhere a human can’t see.”