SOON there will be no hiding place fur Scotland’s nastiest little suckers.
Sniffer dogs are to be sent into hotels to combat the scourge of bed bugs.
In the same way that the animals are used to hunt down drugs or cash at airports, their services are now being offered to hotels to sniff out the pests.
The service is being offered by Glasgow company K9 Sweep, who stress that the dogs are not used to control the pests but simply to identify where they are.
Bed bug detection dogs have been used around the world for several years.
Their use is growing in popularity because dogs can “sweep” a standard room in a few minutes with less disruption to furniture and with more accuracy than humans.
Allan Wells, of K9 Sweep, said: “Bed bug callouts to pest control companies are growing at a steady pace in Scotland, notably Glasgow and Edinburgh, and are expected to increase even more after the Olympics.
“This is due to the amount of people coming from all over the world, travelling around from hotel to hotel during the games and then heading to Scotland.
“Bed bugs are natural hitchhikers and will attach themselves to any warm- blooded host they may find on a plane, bus or train and then are brought into hotels.
“They can slip into your luggage and you can take them back home with you.
“You can unknowingly take them with you to visit friends or when you go to the cinema, library or school.”
The little blood sucking creatures – Cimex lectularius – can lay 400-500 eggs in one year and a study showed two bugs can become 80 bugs within six weeks.
Bed bugs are not proven to carry disease and most people have no reaction to bites. But they can spark an allergic reaction requiring hospital attention.