daily news article on bb sniffing dogs in hotels and apartments(4 posts)
Noses of trained dogs hunting bedbugs in city hotels and apartments
By JANE RIDLEY
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, March 3rd 2008, 4:00 AM
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Carl Massicott of Advanced K9 Detectives supervises as Radar the beagle sniffs for bedbugs, like one pictured below, inside an East Village apartment.
Meet the dogs of war - the war against bedbugs, that is.
Radar the beagle and Taz the Australian kelpie are part of a crack team of sniffer dogs sweeping apartments and hotel rooms across the city to combat an infestation that has reached plaguelike proportions.
The animals are specially trained to root out the pesky, blood-sucking insects, which nest in mattresses, upholstery and other furniture.
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I deleted the full article because it's a violation of copyright to post entire articles (or even short excerpts without links). An excerpt and a link are the best idea--though I understand people had trouble with a link earlier, the one above is working fine.
I posted an article this morning on the blog on this, which will appear magically within the hour.
Hey wait, the article states the following:
"Massicott says female bedbugs lay about 200 eggs a year at the rate of three or four a day. They hatch into wingless insects that repeatedly shed their skin and bite humans while they sleep, leaving large, itchy welts. "
Now, I know that this is the "Daily News" and not Popular Trigonometry Magazine, but a cursory familiarity with multiplication gives me a different yearly total than the 200 new eggs that were indicated by Massicott (or maybe it was Ridley).
My math is: 3-4 eggs a day would be either 3 or 4 times 365, giving us a yield of 1095 or 1,460 respectively.
Maybe that's what is wrong with the Daily News...
I called and talked to this company.
They were very reasonable. I think it worth me hiring after the first treatment to make sure we have this taken care of... 1200 for a 16 apt unit. I told my landlord. What a cheaper fix than treating every apt. He's not treating any others. There was a big problem on the fourth floor 3 months ago. So one by one , a problem is going to go on, so costly. When that dog can come in and take care of and questions of infestation in one big swoop. I tell you , every pcc should have there own pet like this. The world is going to need it.
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