CDCS (part of MiLES Consulting LLC) was formed to provide proactive detection of Cimex lectularius, commonly known as the bed bug. Because we are not part of any pest management company, we provide independent service though the use of certified canines, partnered with a professional detector canine handler.
CDCS has also focused on providing education and training for innkeepers and others associated with libraries, consignment shops, and other small businesses. The book “Beds, Bugs, & Breakfasts: planning and dealing with bed bugs in the small business setting” was specifically written for your business. Training is available through webinars and one-on-one consulting sessions.
CDCS is also a preferred vendor for the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association.
MAPLE (Springville Maple Rush, CGC, TNK, RN, NACPIcertified)
K9 Maple is an English Springer Spaniel born in November, 2015 in Ontario Canada. She moved to Michigan where she lives with her owner/trainer/handler Sue Stejskal.
Maple and Stejskal are certified annually in Cimex detection by the North American Canine Pest Inspectors association. Maple is also certified by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen, as well as attaining titles in Novice Trick Dog and Novice Rally obedience.
K9 Maple is deputized by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department where she serves as a forensic evidence detector dog. She and Stejskal are members of the county-wide major crime scene task force.
SHERIFF WOODY (Hundeleben Oh It’s Sheriff Woody)
Woody is a miniature wirehaired dachshund born in Chicago IL in March, 2019 and moved to Michigan to live with his owner/trainer/handler Stejskal. Weighing in at 8 pounds and about 6 inches tall, Woody is trained in Cimex detection. His small size allows him to easily inspect small tight spaces such as under beds and between furniture and walls and floors. He will be certified soon.
K9 Woody is also deputized as a forensic evidence detector dog (in training).
Susan M Stejskal, LVT, PhD
As a law enforcement K9 handler for almost 20 years, Stejskal has been recognized by the courts as an expert witness in canine olfaction and the training and deployment of detector canines. Her educational and professional experience in academia and the private sector allowed Stejskal to develop training in a variety of forensic areas for detectives, investigators, crime scene personnel, and canine handlers from law enforcement agencies around the United States and Canada.
Stejskal has served as a regional evaluator of detector canines for the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), a member of the US National Institute of Science and Technology’s Organization of Scientific Area Forensic Committee Dog and Sensors Subcommittee, and a past member of the Michigan Mortuary Operations Response Team.
Stejskal has provided presentations and training at national, regional, and state conferences throughout the US including the International Association for Identification (national and regional), the Midwest Association of Forensic Scientists, the National Association of Forensic Entomology, and many others. She has provided training for Toronto Police Services, New York Police Department (Emergency Services Canine Unit), USPCA Region 7, the New York State Canine Association, the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, the Massachusetts Police Work Dog Association, and others.
Stejskal is the author of several research articles, book chapters, case reports, children’s books, and books including “Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs: from science to scene”(CRC Press, 2012) and “Beds, Bugs, & Breakfasts” (CDCS, 2019).
She currently works part-time as Canine Unit Trainer and former lead of the Forensic Services Unit for the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.