By E.B. Solomont, MNN
Bedbugs, the scourge of urban dwellers, have a new, furry enemy: dogs.
Amid a resurgence of the nocturnal parasites, bedbug-sniffing dogs can inspect an apartment, home or office in minutes. “Adorable yet stunningly accurate,” reports the New York Times, the dogs are “the new and furry front line in an escalating and confounding domestic war.”
The Times profiles Cruiser, a bedbug-sniffing puggle and his handler, Jeremy Ecker, who started The Bed Bug Inspectors about six months ago.
Bedbugs, once killed by pesticides like DDT that are now banned in the United States, are back with a vengeance. In New York City, they are particularly onerous and extremely mobile; they can travel through apartment walls, pipes and wiring.
Indeed, last year there were 11,000 bedbug complaints in the city, up from 537 six years earlier, according to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. On blogs like bedbugger.com and newyorkvsbedbugs.com, horror stories abound: a Manhattan woman who spent $9,500 on extermination or bedbugs taking over white-shoe law firms, hotels and hospitals.