Bedbug Menace Slowly Making Its Way to South Florida

Categories: WTF Florida
New York City is under the persistent attack of bedbugs, with even fancy and iconic joints like the Waldorf Astoria hotel, the Empire State Building, and United Nations headquarters succumbing to infestation. There's now evidence that the great bedbug threat may soon be elevating in South Florida, but have no worry, some company is offering the services of a bedbug sniffing dog that only speaks French to save us. Godspeed you, French bedbug dog.

True, the threat level is still low but according to the Sun-Sentinel the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation found bedbug violations in just 0.18 percent of all 36,947 licensed hotels, motels, apartments and condos in Florida. But that's up from only 0.08 percent in 2009.

Only seven places in Miami-Dade were found to have bedbugs in 2010, but infestations always start slow?

Bedbugs were largely eradicated from developed countries in the 1940s, but have been making a reappearance as of late. The tiny parasites like to come out at night to suck on human blood and can often leave rashes once they're done.

If you're worried about bedbugs you can always secure the services of Dia, the bedbug-sniffing dog, which Beach Environmental claims is the "first trained Bed Bug detection dog in South Florida":
Dia knows only French commands so that people talking inside of a room cannot distract her from her work. When Dia finds Bed Bugs she sits and points with her nose to where she senses the Bed Bugs are located. Then she gets rewarded with her ball, her favorite toy.
Ah mon dieu, that is almost adorable enough to risk getting bedbugs just to watch.

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Sorry. My company K9 P.I. actually is the first bed bug dog in south Florida. As we are the only NESDCA certified team in south Florida. We are also completely 3rd party, unlike Dia and Beach Environmental. ALSO K9 P.I is the only company that adheres to the guidelines set forth by the NPMA.

Thx Allen for catching these errors.


Sorry, but this dog is not the first trained bed bug dog in South Florida. My dog, IFEDCA certified Monty, while technically in Central Florida has been working in South Florida for some time now. There is also a NESDCA dog working in and from South Florida also. French speaking? There are reasons some police dogs are trained in German, but for exactly what reason is a bed bug dog trained in french for? Sounds like pure nonsense to me. GIMMICK!


Does the dog understand Haitian Kreyol? That is a form of French right?

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