Brunswick business buys beagle to battle bedbugs

Wickenheiser, Matt. “Brunswick business buys beagle to battle bedbugs” Bangor Daily News.
Posted May 24, 2011, at 11:10 a.m, Re-Posted Dec. 29, 2015

“There’s demand for dog handlers to deal with the growing problem of bedbugs. Silva is a professional handler and had been working for the last year in Afghanistan for a security contractor, working with explosives-sniffing dogs. When he came back to the United States, he had four job offers to work in bedbug detection, all along the East Coast.

His new line of work isn’t as dangerous as bomb sniffing, said Silva, but is generally similar.

“At the end of the day, scent work is scent work,” said Silva.

Stevenson, who’s worked for 30 years in pest control, remembers going on his first bedbug job with his father in 1980. For decades, bedbugs were rare. Modern Pest would do three or four bedbug jobs a year, said Stevenson.

In the early 1990s, they showed up on the national scene in bigger numbers, particularly in large cities like Dallas, San Francisco and New York City. In 2003 or 2004, they began showing up in Maine.

Today, Modern Pest teams do bedbug work every day, said Stevenson. Dill said he’s seen bedbug cases mostly from Bangor south. Modern Pest has clients that include hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, private homes and the like, said Stevenson.”

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