In future will some dogs sniff *people* not locations(3 posts)
If the scourge continues picking up steam, one important battleground will be high-rise office buildings.
Typically, corporate offices have general areas which employees frequent, and more limited areas which visitors visit.
To help keep the general areas bb-free, will companies require employees and their briefcases etc. to receive K9 sniffs upon every entry – either
(a) in the lobby at the main entrance to the elevators,
(b) in the lobby at a secluded location just before entering the elevators,
(c) in a dedicated location off-site nearby just before coming to the office building, or
(d) in some upper floor location(s) upon exiting the elevators to the general area.
There would need to be some sort of locker room available so that any employee testing positive could take a shower and change into previously-stored fresh clothes.
The employee sniffs would be kept as inconspicuous as possible as far as the public is concerned. Visitors would not have to receive the sniffs, but would be restricted as usual to their much more limited area of the offices so if any bugs got into that area the affliction would be relatively contained, and treatable at bargain rates. The visitor areas could have especially spare decor with a minimum of places for bugs to hide and designed for relatively quick and easy treatment if necessary.
Does all this sound crazy? But by way of analogy, in early days of aviation who would have expected airline terminals to need the convoluted security setups which have now become indispensable.
Maybe maintaining multiple K9's and handlers to do the people-sniffing would be a lot more expensive than simply having dogs inspect the offices once every few days and then treating any affected areas. But we hear how expensive and disruptive treatments can be, so maybe people-sniffing "prevention" could be better than office-sniffing "cure"?
Maybe option (c) above would be the best, because one dog location could service multiple office buildings for economies of scale, and have the necessary locker and shower facilities.
It could be done, but the economics are going to work against you.
You don't undergo a personal K9 search for bombs / guns at football games or the airport primarily for social reasons.
Providing personal screening around the clock for a building is cost prohibitive... Getting buildings to pay for quarterly pro-active screening can be a difficult budget issue.
The general public and office workers are not ready to accept intrusive screenings for bed bugs for at this point.
Several (really big) NYC businesses I've worked at already have combinations of dogs at turnstiles and dogs walking the aisles. They're supposedly for sniffing explosives. Visitor bags are x-rayed. I can see them extending this for BB, perhaps not for the serfs, but likely for senior management.
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