Carl Massicott and Vince Mangano, bed bug dog handlers of Radar and Taz, who are regularly called to sniff in the New York area, were featured in this Daily News article Monday.
According to the article, it’s hard to keep up with demand for the doggy detectives.
But here’s what caught my eye in the article:
Experts say the surge of international visitors to New York City is partly to blame for the epidemic as travelers unwittingly bring bedbugs in their luggage from Europe and Asia.
“Yes, yes,” you say, “we know.”
So how much would you pay, readers, to stop at the bed bug dog kiosk in JFK or Newark airports, for a sniff down of you, your luggage, and junior’s stuffed teddy bear? You could then avoid bringing bed bugs home. (Be wary of the infested taxis, my friends.)
$10 per person or bag? Even at such a low price, the profit margin would be big, compared with k9 teams going to homes for inspections.
(On-site decon could even be offered for person, stuffed animal, and luggage. But that, my friends, would be much trickier and expensive.)
If any bed bug dog handlers steal this idea, I want a kick-back. 😉
No, seriously? Just do it, someone. It’s a great idea.