Bergdorf Goodman hires canine scent detection team to sniff out bed bugs

by nobugsonme on August 12, 2010 · 3 comments

in bed bug dogs, bed bugs, new york city

Shopping blog Refinery29 reports that New York City luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman has signed up for routine bed bug inspections by a canine scent detection unit:

Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret have all had a bad case of the bed bugs here in NYC, but Bergdorf Goodman refuses to let their store be infested. Instead, the luxury department store has hired a brigade of beagles, specifically trained to root out the ubiquitous pests, to patrol the men’s and women’s stores. The pups will be in rotation on a regular basis, though what they do when they find said invertebrates is still unclear.

What the bed bug sniffing canines should do when they alert to bed bugs is hold tight while their handlers visually confirm the dog’s alert by searching in the area for bed bugs.

We don’t know which firm Bergdorf hired. Although some do, many bed bug k9 handlers do not visually confirm dog alerts. They simply take the dog’s word for it.

And while canine scent detection can be effective, it’s important that the dogs’ alerts are verified. As entomologist Dr. Michael Potter famously said, “Show me the bugs!”

I applaud Bergdorfs for being proactive about bed bugs. If you’re thinking of hiring a bed bug canine scent detection team to inspect your home (or signing on for routine detection service like Bergdorf Goodman is), make sure your dog handler intends to visually verify all alerts.

(More in our FAQ on hiring a bed bug dog team.)

1 Doug Summers MS August 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I would would like to point out that Dr. Potter recommended for the use of Bed Bug K9 Teams in the same lecture.

I am working on a website that will only list K9 teams that DO perform a visual search in any identified location and have passed a knowledge exam covering bed bug inspection and education.

NoBugs and Dr. Potter are absolutely correct… Show Me The Bed Bugs… should be the consumers mantra

2 bugbitcha August 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

well, this just makes good sense! Now if taxis, theaters, transit, hotels, etc etc etc would follow suit, maybe we could make a dent in this problem. I am 2 months post BB treatment, getting ready to hire my own dog team to confirm that I am BB free, so I can finally unpack all those boxes wrapped in plastic.

3 carouser August 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

So next time you try on that perfect little outfit, just know, that tingly feeling giving you the urge to buy, may not be your self confidence getting an extra boost; it may just be a new little buddy, just aching to come home and crawl into bed with you.

Sleep tight.

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