Bedbugs going to the dogs at Philadelphia event
Friday, June 3, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dozens of dogs of all shapes, sizes and
breeds are in Philadelphia to see if their sniffers are up to snuff
in the battle against bedbugs.
Hundreds of people from around the country are attending the
National Canine Conference this week. As part of the event, 30 dogs
and their handlers are trying for official certification as bedbug
The dogs and their owners are taking part in exercises in which
they walk down a hallway lined with containers - some with bedbugs
inside. The dogs have to pick the right containers to
Bedbug infestations are tough to eradicate. The apple seed-size
critters have been found in hotels, movie theaters, retail stores
and homes nationwide. Some are even developing resistance to
insecticides commonly used to kill them.