In what’s a new and bizarre new technique of fighting, New York bedbugs wide scale infestation, man’s best friend has been specially trained to sniff out the critters. Radar the beagle and Taz the Australian kelpie are just two of the ever expanding pack of highly trained canines. Chances are you’ve seen one of them in a flat building or hotel, but you’ve more then certain didn’t give too much thought to their unique talents.
“We are inundated with requests from hotels and apartment owners,” said Carl Massicott, the mastermind behind Advanced K9 Detectives, which has six dogs working steadily and two more in training.
“It’s difficult to keep up with the demand,”
The city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development says 6,889 infestation complaints were logged in the fiscal year ending last June, and 2,008 building owners were hit with summonses. In 2004, there were just 537 calls about bedbug infestations, and only 82 landlords were slapped with violations.