Seattle Housing Authority, you are smart about bed bugs

by nobugsonme on January 17, 2009 · 10 comments

in bed bug detection, bed bug dogs, thermal treatment, washington

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is buying a bed bug dog to sniff out public housing buildings for bed bugs.  NWCN reports:

In Seattle Housing Authority low-income buildings over the past three months the problem has exploded. The critters are becoming resistant to insecticides.

Now the SHA is spending $35,000 to take control.

Smart thinking — because we’re told many (if not most) people do not react to bed bug bites.

If you don’t react, and you don’t see bed bugs, you do not complain.  And so your apartment stays infested with no one the wiser.

A pro-active inspection program is a great idea for any apartment building. No, bed bug dogs are not 100% effective in sniffing out bed bugs, but they do a lot better than most humans, I’d venture.

Done properly — with a well-trained bed bug k9 and a knowledgeable trainer — this detection method can be effective.  And less time-consuming than having an experienced PCO search (which, many tell us, takes more than an hour to do properly, in a not-very-big apartment).

The SHA is also investing in thermal remediation technology (ThermaPure Heat).  And the SHA will be educating residents on how to spot bed bugs.

But one of the best things they can do is keep that bed bug k9 “Bugsy” circulating around and around the units of SHA buildings, before anyone complains about a single bite or sighting.

Combining an effective and pro-active detection method with an effective bed bug remediation method?

Smart, Seattle Housing Authority.  Smart.

Go to to see the video.

1 Doug Summers MS January 17, 2009 at 4:00 am

Early detection, education & use of an effective treatment technology are the key components of a proactive bed bug eradication program.

I believe that this model will prove to be the most cost effective approach to prevent & control the spread of bed bugs among the residents of large multiple unit buildings.

2 nobugsonme January 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Thanks for your comment, Doug.

Implementation, even of the best strategies, is also crucial, of course. But SHA has taken the crucial first steps and I look forward to seeing how things go there.

3 Bill Petersen January 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Thank you very much for all of your positive comments. We anticipate great success managing bedbug infestations utilizing a combination or resident education and these new technologies. The safety and health of our residents is our primary concern. We believe in taking a proactive IPM approach to identifying potential pest problems and then solving these issues in a manner that is both safe and cost effective.

4 nobugsonme January 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for your comments, Bill. We really look forward to hearing more about your plans and their implementation. I hope it is a great success and will then inspire other housing authorities and housing managers in general to be proactive about bed bugs.

5 Christopher April 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Mr. Petersen,

We are facing a bed bug problem in several homes that we manage. Is the heat technology available to treat residential homes in the Sseattle area or do you know of anyone providing this service?

Thank you for your assistance!

6 nobugsonme April 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm


Since Mr. Peterson stopped by a few months ago, you might instead try contacting him via Seattle Housing:

I suspect thermal treatment is available to the public in Seattle, but do know know who is supplying it. Good luck!

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