Photograph curtesy of: The Art Newspaper

The Museum of Fine Arts is no stranger to volunteers, but this one is a little bit different – he’s got four legs.

In the land of pest control, we normally declare most species that have more than two legs and wander around our buildings as enemies. But, this little guy? We’d be friends any day!

We’re talking about Riley, a Weimaraner puppy that Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired as a volunteer to sniff out insects and other pests that could be lurking in the galleries, or sneaking in with incoming collections.

What Makes Riley So Special?

If you’re a dog-lover, wondering what makes a sweet pup like Riley special is probably a silly question – just look at his little face! But, there’s more to that wet nose than meets the eye.

Because Riley is a Weimaraner, he is equipped with a superb sense of smell. He’s a highly intelligent breed and can be easily trained to use his powerful nose to track game twice his size, like boar and bears. In fact, the U.S. military even uses Weimaraners like Riley to help sniff out bombs.

Fortunately for Riley, his surroundings won’t be as severe as warfare. Pests, on the other hand, should be ready for battle. As a male Weimaraner, Riley will most likely grow to be 25 to 27 inches tall and 70 to 90 pounds of pure pest-sniffin’ muscle.

Described as “fearless, friendly, and obedient,” by the American Kennel Club, young Riley will soon begin his training to detect insect and other pest activity within the museum. It’s believed that his young age will prove to be beneficial, as his never-been-used skill set can be molded to specifically identify pest activity in the museum.

How Does Riley Benefit the Museum?

If you’re considering hopping on the next flight to Boston to watch Riley in action, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Riley will be strutting his stuff behind the scenes, sniffing out moths and bugs that could be detrimental to preserving artwork.

Museums like the Museum of Fine Arts typically have protocol in place to protect their pieces. However, insects can severely damage certain types of textiles, wood, and organic materials. Imagine trying to admire a hundred-year-old tapestry, just to find moth holes in it? Cue the entrance of Riley – he will be trained to add a second line of defense in pest-prevention.

Can I Expect a Pup at My Next Appointment?

Despite how much we applaud Riley for his efforts in pest control, the pest control experts at Insectek regret to inform you that a pup of our own will not be joining the team. Though we might not have floppy ears and big puppy-dog eyes, we do come equipped with EPA-certified products and over 20 years of combined experience in the pest control industry.

If you’re thinking about receiving the “Riley treatment,” consider our Insectek 365 Pest Prevention Program. A highly trained pest control specialist will visit your home on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis, depending on your preference. We’ll be on the hunt for pest activity, and will stop intruders in their tracks.

It’s a Ruff Job, But Someone Has to Do It

Over in Boston, Riley is set to begin his scent-track training. Over in the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert areas, the experts at Insectek are already hard at work keeping your homes pest-free.

If you fear pests have made your home their home too, don’t wait for a furry friend to tackle them for you. Call the specialists at Insectek today at (602) 795-7850 or visit our website to learn more:

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