The original Roscoe was designed by researchers at the University of Florida to help exterminate bed bugs. They created him in 2010 as part of a study on how dogs could sniff out the pests more effectively than humans could. And they were right—Roscoe’s nose is much better than ours.
The researchers found that Roscoe could detect traces of bed bugs in rooms where they didn’t even exist. This means he can find them even when they’re hiding under furniture or behind walls, which would be impossible for most humans to do without tearing apart every piece of furniture in the room, looking under every mattress and box spring, etcetera ad infinitum until we give up out of exhaustion or frustration (or both).
What Happened To Roscoe The Bed Bug Dog
Roscoe the bed bug dog has been diagnosed with cancer. Roscoe, who is a certified bed bug detector dog, was hired by the New York City Housing Authority to sniff out bed bugs in public housing. He has been credited with helping to eliminate infestations in over 30 buildings throughout the city.
But Roscoe’s owner, Brooklyn resident Ian Berger, told The Daily Beast that he noticed something wrong with his dog last week: “I noticed that he seemed very lethargic and wasn’t eating.”
After taking him to a veterinarian, they discovered that Roscoe had lymphoma—a form of cancer that attacks the immune system. The vet gave Roscoe two options: treat him or euthanize him. Berger decided to treat Roscoe with chemotherapy, but it will be expensive—$1,000 each time he goes for treatment at an emergency veterinary hospital near their home in Park Slope.
How Old Is Roscoe The Bed Bug Dog
Roscoe is a 5-year old beagle. He is a certified bed bug detection dog, and works with his owner to find the tiny pests in homes, hotels, and other places that people live.
Roscoe’s owner says that it takes him about 9 months to train a dog to be able to detect bed bugs. Roscoe started working at the age of 2 years old after he finished his training.
Roscoe the Bed Bug Dog is still alive, and he’s still doing his job. Roscoe is a bed bug dog, and he’s been sniffing out bed bugs in New York City since 2011. He’s become something of a celebrity thanks to his work, with fans following him on Twitter and Instagram and asking where he’ll be next.
The thing is, though: it’s not just Roscoe who does this job. There are other dogs like him who work for pest control companies across the country. And that means that even though you might see him around town once in awhile, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be there all the time—there are plenty of other dogs out there doing this job.