Dogs are obviously a natural choice for pest control. They are one of the most trainable animal species in the world.
We can see how eager and biddable dogs are, and how helpful they like to be. Human society has them trained to help people who are blind, for instance, and even to help those suffering from PTSD to cope in the world. But did you know that they can also be trained to hunt pests in a very highly skilled and specialist way?
The most common pest that dogs are used for is catching and getting rid of rats. They are also commonly used to hunt down mice. Terriers are often specially trained to hunt rats at local businesses, farms and restaurants. After the rats have been smoked out of hiding, these muscular little dogs take care of the nasty part.
But here is something we bet you haven’t heard of before: oddly enough, and quite a recent development in the industry, pest control companies have started using dogs to sniff out bed bugs.
While we are on the topic of tiny creatures, here is an unrelated but fascinating aside: there are also certain insects that can be employed to get rid of unwanted pests on a domestic scale. Ladybirds and lacewings are just two insects that have been used over the years to chomp on aphids in the garden. Ladybirds and lacewings are exceptional pest controllers. They are the natural predator of greenfly and blackfly, and will even gobble up mildew too.
But, I digress…moving swiftly on and back to dogs! Can any old canine pet be a good pest patroller?
When it comes to pooches, not all doggies are born equal when it is time to be alert and on the look out for pests, and many breeds just don’t have the instinct for it. You will need to keep in mind that those animals that have not been bred for pest control will need more training than those that have been.
In terms of using dogs for pest control, there is no question about which breed is the best. Terriers are the number one dog recommended for those who are looking to get rid of pests. Terriers are hunting and ratting dogs and they have been bred that way. By being bred to be ratters they have the innate instinct to chase and kill these pests.
Terriers are energy filled so not everyone is willing to have them bouncing around their house just so they can hunt rats or mice. Don’t worry, though, as there are some other dog breeds that do a fine job of removing pests from your home that make great pets too.
All of the dogs in this article have one thing in common: they work to help humans get rid of the thing that bothers them the most…pests. Since the beginning of time people have been smart enough to turn to their best friends in order to get rid of bothersome pests in London and all over the world. It is a good, healthy choice. The natural option is usually the logical option when it comes to pest control.