The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) recently added two bedbug-sniffing dogs to its code enforcement team.

“Mickey and Nemo, HPD's two new bedbug-sniffing dogs, will augment our inspection efforts by helping to detect bedbugs even in cases where it would be very difficult for a properly trained inspector to find evidence of an infestation,” says HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “By bringing these dogs on board we are adding to our existing efforts to educate the public and arm the city with the latest information and tools to combat bedbugs."

The dogs were acquired and many of the associated costs for the first year, including kenneling, equipment, and training, were offset using funding provided by the City Council.