Milwaukee Housing Authority purchases bed bug sniffing dog

by nobugsonme on July 9, 2009 · 2 comments

in bed bug dogs, bed bugs

Milwaukee is probably the first city the second city we know of in the US (if not everywhere) to have its own bed bug sniffing dog.

Gracie the terrier was acquired from Pepe Peruyero’s canine scent detection training program and will be used to detect live bed bugs or eggs in Milwaukee Housing Authority (public housing) units.

See: City Hires Terrier To Terrorize Bedbugs | Today’s TMJ4.

Back in January, we reported that the Seattle Housing Authority was getting a canine scent detection dog to sniff out bed bugs in public housing. (Seattle, you will recall, is also investing in thermal remediation technology.)

Thanks to Doug for the reminder. I confess that after 1,138 blog posts, I am having trouble remembering all the “firsts.” 😉

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1 DougSummersMS July 10, 2009 at 10:46 am

The Seattle Housing Authority was the first government agency to acquire a Bed Bug Dog for use in public housing.

I am very glad to see that the City of Milwaukee is also incorporating the use of K9 teams into their IPM program for public housing.

I expect that we will see an increasing number of public agencies replicate this model to provide early detection and surveillance of bed bug infestations for their communities.

“City hires Terrier to Terrorize Bed Bugs” …… What a great headline!

I think this is the kind of terrorism that we can all support….. Good luck to Bill & Gracie

2 nobugsonme July 14, 2009 at 10:49 pm

You’re absolutely right, Doug, and I even did a post on it way back when. It’s hard to remember all the firsts! Thanks for reminding me. Post updated!

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