GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Across the country there has been an increase and spread of bed bugs.
A two-and-a-half year old rescue dog is working with the Brown County Health Department and showing off its unique job to help fight the problem.
Chester the dog is one of just a few dogs in the state trained to sniff out bed bugs.
“Chester will do a full search of the area. He’ll get his nose in every little nook and cranny,” said Jon Sandberg, Sandberg K9 Solutions.
“Up until about 10 years ago bed bugs in Wisconsin were basically unknown,” Marty Adams, Brown County public health sanitarian, said.
“Just in this area we’ve seen a 300 percent increase just in bed bug treatments over the last two years,” Sandberg said. “We’ve done hundreds of searches this year.”
“As more and more homes, hotels, public facilities get them, the demand for a dog with this service is increasing,” said Adams.
“If we didn’t have such a demand now Chester and I wouldn’t be here,” Sandberg said.
The bigger problem is that bed bugs don’t just appear in beds.
“Residential, property management, hotels, schools, movie theaters, transportation,” said Sandberg. “It’s getting to that point where it’s bad enough that people have to start educating themselves and becoming aware of the situation that’s in Green Bay.”
That’s why this year, Chester and the Brown County Health Department will be doing just that at their first public health fair.
The department will show people all they have to offer from 9 a.m. to noon at Shopko Hall on October 15.
“A big part of this is showing the community what we are and what we can do,” said Anna Destree, of the Brown County Health Department.