ON AN average day Bluey makes four house visits, sniffing skirting boards, cupboards and carpet for signs of termites.
”The dogs are extremely useful,” says Peter Hearn, owner of Buy Wise Inspection Services. ”If we can’t get under the floor, they can smell termites from above the surface.”
Research from the University of Florida shows trained dogs can detect termites with about 96 per cent accuracy, making them a powerful tool against the damaging pests.
While termite detection dogs are common in Queensland and New South Wales, where the warmer climate creates ideal breeding conditions, only a handful of Victorian pest inspection companies use dogs.