bedbug life cycleI am nearing the end of my Bedbug Detective training here in sunny, and muggy, Florida at the renowned Florida K-9 Training Academy. As usual, I appreciate you, my loyal "dog-blog" fans, for tuning in to my weekly blog, "What's Buggin' You" for an updated report on what's been happening here from week to week. It has been a tough journey but very rewarding. I have learned so much about bedbugs, their life cycle, their habits, and most importantly how to detect their presence in a residential dwelling, hotel, or anywhere the hungry little bloodsuckers may hide waiting for an opportunity for a human blood meal.

It will be my job, when I get back to Richmond and start back to work with my family business Loyal Termite and Pest Control, to go out on daily appointments with Daddy Nick, Mama Gena, or whomever may be my handler for that appointment, and be direct and very efficient and sniff out bedbugs in whatever stage of their life cycle they may be in. My job is to detect the problem, and then we at Loyal will treat it. The bottom line is to illuminate the misery a bedbug infestation can cause a family or a business owner.

I can’t express to you, my Loyal and faithful “dog-blog” fans, how much of a changed dog I am. In the several weeks that I have been here in Florida at the Florida K-9 Training Academy; I am now in tip-top shape. As a matter of fact, with the special diet I have received in conjunction with a precise exercise program, I am in the best physical condition of my life. I completely dominated my peers in both classroom study and field training exercises. I have been told I am once again graduating #1 in my class, making this my second “Magna Bark Loudly” designation in 2 different disciplines; termite and bedbug detection. I am the first to do this in the Academy’s history. I am now in the beginning stages of composing the commencement speech that I will be giving at our graduation ceremony.

Welcome back faithful and Loyal “dog-blog” fans. Of course, this is Hunter, Loyal Termite, and Pest Control’s K-9 Termite Detective and soon to be K-9 Bedbug Detective as well; reporting from hot and humid Florida, at the Florida Canine Training Academy.

It is that time again where I assemble and post on my blog, “What’s Buggin’ You?”, recent customer testimonials and/or comments giving glory to our hard-working, dedicated, Loyal employees. I refer to our employees as all-stars because of Joe Lupini’s past experience as a professional baseball umpire. Joe is my Grandpa and Daddy Nick’s Dad. What I am posting here are recent customer emails, notes, or calls to management giving praise to an employee for a job well done. Daddy Nick reads these comments at our Friday morning meetings, and as I’ve mentioned before, a nice round of applause is given to the person the comment is directed to. Everyone in the company really enjoys this part of our Friday meeting.

Since I have been in Florida, the office has been sending the comments to me after Daddy Nick finishes with them. I enjoy relaxing after a hard day of training and reading the nice things people have to say about the quality service they receive and how professional our employees are; that goes across the board from office staff, inspectors, salesman, and technicians. Here are a few that I have chosen to post in this, my 7th Loyal All-Star Review blog.

There is something about this Florida K-9 Training Academy that brings out the very best in me. Everything has been going great ever since I’ve been down here. It is obvious that having trained here several years ago to get my Termite Detective Certificate put me a big dogleg up on all the other pups in my Bedbug Detective class. I maxed out my entire classroom testing with a final grade average of 5.0. The 1 bonus point I received was for an essay I wrote on “The Life Stages of a Bedbug”. I wrote it as an extra credit assignment. Only one other dog (Little “B”) in my class accepted the challenge with me. The Academy has asked me for permission to use it as a handout for all future Bedbug Training classes. From now on “The Hunter Lupini Bedbug Essay” will be given to all new K-9 Bedbug Detective recruits. That’s pretty cool huh?

Boy, this week's "dog-blog" title is a bit confusing isn't it? I'm down here working on my Bedbug detection certificate and I was actually pulled from training. The Termite detection trainers here at the Academy got together and thought it would be a good idea to let me spend a few days with the current Termite detection class. I was flattered when they asked me. They said I was so far ahead of the others in my bedbug training that given my classroom grades, and my field exercise grading; I am a shoe-in for reaching my goal of graduating #1 in my Bedbug detection class. All I have to do is max out on my finals and my mission to be #1 or "Magna Bark Loudly" of my Bedbug Detection class will be accomplished. I've worked extra hard for this and it's paid off!

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We needed a termite inspection for a closing on the sale of my Mom's house. We called another pest control company, who originally said we needed $3000 to $4000 worth of work, then backed down to $772 termite treatment within 45 minutes of me telling them no, on top of the $110 we paid for the inspection. We called Nick at Loyal Termite & Pest Control, who scheduled Phillip to come out and provide a second opinion for $75. They notified us when they were coming, sent us a picture of Phillip, so we knew it was him. Phillip did the inspection and found no signs of a current termite problem. He promptly called to notify me and the report was written and delivered to the closing attorney with 24 hours. I am glad there are still some honest people in the pest control business!!

- James Toczko

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