New Albany Housing Authority Launches Bed Bug Inspections in All Public Housing Units
Thursday, January 3, 2013
NEW ALBANY - Twelve paws and all, three canines began serving as
the front line of defense against bed bugs for New Albany Public
Black Diamond Termite and Pest Control in Jeffersonville was chosen
by the New Albany Public Housing Authority to inspect units, and
that started with the inspection of 163 apartments at Riverview
Towers off Scribner Drive.
While a separate company has been tapped to spray chemicals to get
rid of the pests, Black Diamond used two Patterdale terriers and a
Belgium malinois to search for bed bugs.
"Anybody in the multi-housing market, the medical field, the
schools and also hotels are dealing with bed bugs because there's
been an outbreak of those," said Bob Lane, executive director of
Over the next several days, Black Diamond and its team of canines
will inspect every public housing site in New Albany, Lane said.
They will search through common areas and bedrooms in an attempt to
detect bed bugs.
Lane said public housing residents were notified through multiple
newsletters about the pending inspections.
"What we're trying to do is get them under control," Lane
He added there hasn't been a major outbreak of bed bugs in the
local public housing sector, but that the NAHA board approved a
pest control plan that entailed the dog inspections.
"The whole process is an expensive thing to do, but it is something
that we've taken on," Lane said. "We've had some cases [of bed
bugs]...it's just something we're trying to get a handle on, and
it's something that we'll be doing the next several months to get
them under control as best as we possibly can."
Lane said Black Diamond provided a demonstration of how the dogs
are able to smell the bed bugs, and added the company touts the
method as being 98 percent effective.
The bed bug focus is in addition to normal pest control
implemented by the NAHA. Each month, every public housing unit is
sprayed for other, more common pests.
Bed bugs are typically more difficult to eliminate than other
pests, so there may have to be multiple times when a company is
brought in to spray to remove them, Lane continued.