ICS Magazine

Doubts Rise on Bedbug Sniffing Dogs

November 11, 2010

If any heroes have emerged in the bedbug epidemic sweeping households, movie theaters, retailers, schools, offices, you-name-it nationwide, it is surely the bedbug sniffing dogs.

But as the number of reported infestations rises and the demand for the dogs soars, complaints from people who say dogs have falsely alerted to bedbugs that were not there are also climbing. And within the bedbug industry, where some dog trainers and sellers are backordered until next spring despite the dogs’ $11,000 price tag, there are fears that a rise in so called “false positives” by dogs will harm their credibility and business. From The New York Times.