Can Beagles Save Us From Bedbugs?
Cute dogs are patrolling for unhealthy creeps.
One of Manhattan’s priciest stores isn’t waiting for the bedbug invasion that’s already embarrassed Victoria’s Secret, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Bergdorf Goodman has hired a highly skilled insect-detecting beagle to patrol the store in search of the little uglies that have spread throughout New York City—and the rest of the nation as well.
“We haven’t had any reported cases of bedbugs, but it seems to be something everybody is concerned about,” Bergdorf spokesman Ginger Reeder told the New York Daily News. “The anxiety level is clearly high…”
No kidding. It was reported earlier this summer that bedbug-related calls to exterminators had risen 71 percent across the country. Even though the bugs bite their unlucky victims, they aren’t a health risk. But they are a big pain. Having bedbugs means a deep clean of the entire area where they’ve been found, or else throwing your stuff away. Exterminators’ visits can cost thousands of dollars.
So far, Bergdorf’s said, the beagle—who’s been patrolling for a few weeks now—hasn’t found any bedbugs. And in an effort to avoid customer freakouts, the News reported, the pooch does his work only after the store closes.
Let’s hope he’s doing a good job. (New York Daily News)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.