The Department of Housing Preservation and Development says beagles Mickey and Nemo started work this week. Their mission: to sniff out bedbugs.
Police said a smooth-talking criminal is pretending to be an exterminator, conning his victims into inviting him into their apartments before robbing them.
With the EPA convening a National Bedbug Summit Tuesday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and several council members called on federal officials to put money into initiatives to fight the pests.
A department spokesman said the dogs will probably not be hired until next spring or summer.
Bed bug cases have nearly tripled in the first two months of school and are on track to surpass even that by the end of the school year.
The creepy crawlers are taking a bite out of Bergen Community College’s annual coat and clothing drive.
Already responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage across the country, experts say the hungry creature makes the bed bug resurgence look tame.