Train Your Dog to Point Bedbugs

Dogs are truly wondrous creatures, aren't they? Not only do they provide us with unquestioning loyalty and unwavering friendship, as hunting companions they will willingly, even joyfully retrieve, in any weather conditions anything we care to send them after, be it ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, bedbugs...

Wait a second. Bedbugs? Uh, yes, according to this story in the Philadelphia Inquirer (the rest of the story is extremely creepy, but worth a read).

The other important new weapon against bedbugs is adorable: dogs. Specially trained canines can detect a single live bug or egg with 96 percent accuracy, according to the entomology researchers at Florida Canine Academy. The cost of a typical "integrated" treatment? A two-bedroom apartment can run $800 to $2,000, exterminators say. And that doesn't include such investments as mattress encasements, bed-leg bug traps, and portable heating devices for treating backpacks and suitcases. "Unfortunately, bedbug treatment is very expensive," said entomologist Jeff White, host of Bed Bug Central TV, a feature of bedbugcentral.com, one of many new websites devoted to bedbug information, products, services, and tales of anguish.

Hmmm, are bedbugs the new quail? The way upland bird populations are currently trending, before too long there might be a helluva lot of gundogs out there needing something to do...