Inspected a couple of rooms in the Altzheimer's wing of this Senior retirement and care facility near Billerica MA. We also were tasked to inspect a hallway with some chairs and couches as well as a living/TV room area.
According to the executive director, a nurse had found on 2 occasions within a short timespan a bed bug crawling on this poor old woman's clothing, once in her room and once in the hallway on the couch.
The inspection resulted in no alerts, which brought a huge sigh of relief for the executive director. However, she wanted to know what else she could do to prevent an infestation from going out of control.
I suggested to have a candid talk with the family of this elder woman as most likely someone in the family keeps bringing in bedbugs when visiting. And to offer to have an inspection of their home conducted as well as have their home treated if needed, all of this at the expense of the facility. Think about it! In the end, the facility will save a lot of money getting to the source of the problem and helping with the cost of treatment rather than wait for an infestation to get out of control.
I was pleased to see that she wholeheartedly agreed with me.
Malamar taking a nap after a canine bed bug inspection job in Allston today. A multi-units apartment complex, basically rented out to college students. Ah! the days of College. Long gone, so much fun indeed. But I certainly do not remember living in such disastrous, messy, cluttery, dirty conditions. Especially the kitchen area.
Oh well! Malamar is perfect for this type of inspection job. She just follows my lead and sniffs out everywhere and everything. She was not too distracted by a cat that was running loose in one of the units. Genrally, she would go wild at the sight or smell of a cat. And another unit has a dog in it.
Kudos to Malamar who just behaved.
Lately we have been doing bed bug dog inspections all over the place in VT, RI, Boston, Newton, Allston, Somerville and we are on the brink of landing a big contract with a well-known, large property management company for repeat business. Kudos to Nicki and Malamar!
A 2-decker near Boston. First floor was impeccably clean and well-kempt. Just a stunning apartment with old wooden panels and the people were so cooperative and so professional.
The top apartment, where the bed bug infestation had started was just absolutely horrific. These were relatively young people - I could smell the drugs - I am very sensitive to that. No self-respect, and the place looked literally destroyed, disgustingly filthy and just unsafe. I swear I saw needles near one of the beds. Food all over the floor as well as ashes. I was so shocked, I even forgot to take pictures.
At any rate, I declined to perform the inspection as it was unsafe and un-healthy to my dogs.
They dared look at me in dis-belief but I held my ground!
I mean, seriously!
Yes, indeed! Can't tell you which reputable, world-renowned resort is having problems with bed bug infestations because I swore my client I would not divulge the name ot it. It turns out that she went to this resort on vacation a month or so ago and her son got bitten all over his little body.
Upon returning back home, she called the resort to find out if they had had a problem with bed bugs on the room they were in.
2 weeks later, the resort confirmed the bed bug infestation.
The rest is history. We got a phone call to K9- inspect her home that day.
Fortunately, neither dogs alerted. It was interesting to learn that the resort had requested that 2 independent canine inspections be performed within a week from each other. They paid of course for all the charges, the travel costs, lodging and then some to their clients.
I could tell you more but it would have to be in dog language. They really don't want humans to know...
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! We had a great one, I think. Except that on Saturday early morning, my handler got both me and my friend Malamar up to do what? 3 jobs that day, mind you! I was sooo thankful to my handler. GRRRR!
There was this one apartment that was sooo cluttered, I could not believe anyone could maneuver around without knocking something over. But the tenant understood and asked me and my handler to do the best we can.
Then I went to this young couple's nice little rented home in Winchester, MA. They were in the process of moving in and wanted to make sure there was not an existing low-level infestation. It was nice inspecting that house for bed bugs, because the rooms were nice and clean and empty. The people were so nice to me, I felt like staying with them. I wouldn't need to work anymore and certainly they would not wake me up on a Saturday morning after Thanksgiving.