Termite buster Ellie starts another search mission with owner John Elder.
Termite buster Ellie starts another search mission with owner John Elder.

Man?s best friend ? termites? worst enemy

By ADRIAN MILLER

WITH a wagging tail, droopy ears and hanging tongue, Ellie doesn't look like your average pest controller.

And the fact she has a 98 per cent success rate in finding live termites means she's a pretty handy one at that.

Ellie, a beagle, is the latest addition to Elders Pest Control, and with her ability to sniff out just one termite from metres away, she is proving a huge success.

Elders Pest Control manager John Elder said having the services of Ellie, one of only four termite detection dogs currently working in Australia, was an amazing coup for the company.

"She has been excellent since we got her and we have been really pleased with her exceptional results," he said.

Ellie recently completed a six-month training and certification course with Queensland company the K9 Centre, an internationally recognised dog training facility.

Mr Elder said the accuracy of the dogs was phenomenal.

"No pest control company in Australia would go up against the dogs," he said.

"Trained dogs are 98 per cent accurate compared to human's 45 per cent in finding live termites. They can find just one termite hiding under the carpet, that is the accuracy of them."

Ellie and Barney, another termite detection dog Elders will receive in November, were on hand to display their talents at a pest control conference at Jupiters Casino recently.

"Her and Barney just blew them away ? they brought the house down," he said.



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