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Dogs v Man

Accurate search in no-time.

Dogs in research performed by the University of Florida, NESDCA-certified canines tested averaged a 98% accuracy rate in detecting the odour of live bed bugs and viable eggs in a controlled hotel room experiment.


A bed bug dog can sniff out bed bugs in minutes

Our canine teams can accurately search an average-sized hotel room in just two to three minutes. Since there is no need to dismantle (or reassemble!) furniture for a canine inspection, the savings in manpower hours alone is staggering. A man needs at least 30 minutes to do the same job, and with nowhere near the same reliability. Our dogs can be utilised as a tool to monitor treatment effectiveness. And because our dogs are trained to detect only the odour of live bed bugs and viable eggs, the remains of a previous infestation will not cause them to falsely alert. Conversely, without actually seeing live bed bugs it is virtually impossible for a human to know for sure whether or not any telltale signs indicate an active infestation. Humans Human visual inspections are estimated to be only 17 to 30% accurate at early stages of infestation. Whilst fully grown bed bugs are visible to the human eye – adults are about the size of an apple pip – they are masters of concealment, sometimes hiding in inaccessible areas such as walls and floorboards, leaving even the most experienced pest controllers unable to locate them. But while the bugs themselves are difficult enough to spot, their eggs are virtually impossible, being about the size of a pin head.

About Us

Trust K9 are the experts when it comes to bed bugs. Lola was the first NESDCA certified dog in the UK who we trained in America with PepeDogs and has been working since 2010. Since then we have trained Alfie and Dex  a little closer to home.

Mark Astley founded Trust K9 and sister company Bed Bugs Local in 2009 after several unsatisfactory bed bug treatments in his own home, with the aim of providing specialist knowledge with a customer focused approach. The company continued to growing taking on more bed bug sniffer dogs and bed bug technicians. As of 2013 Mark Astley retired and the senior staff, Peter Rigby, Claire Williams and John Docherty  took over both companies continuing with the same principles of expertise and customer care.

Mark Astley (Retired) has appeared with Sarah Beeney on Channel 4’s ‘Help My House is Infested’ , Blue Peter, The Mirror, CNN, Evening Standard and The Caterer with Lola (both are now proud owners of a Blue Peter Badge!) We are all dog lovers at Trust K9 which is a must have in our recruitment process.

Peter Rigby continues to educate the pest control industry by giving talks and demonstrations at trade shows  held by the BPCA and NPTA.

But most importantly, at Trust K9 we really do care. We understand the sensitive nature of having bed bugs, whether it affects your Business or your home.

All our bed bug heat technicians and canine handlers are fully qualified pest controllers. All staff undergo extensive hands on training to safely and effectively use the heat equipment. We have a sister company, Bed Bugs Local which also specializes in bed bugs but more focused towards more traditional chemical treatments. Please call us today for more information.


Trust K9 – the specialist offering tailored bed bug solutions for hotels.

hotelroomTrust K9 are bed bug specialists, we have the UK’s first NESDCA certified bed bug dog and the largest team of bed bug sniffer dogs in the UK, allowing for early detection.  If you have a bed bug problem we use the latest in heat technology to heat up any affected rooms and kill the bed bugs immediately, minimising the impact on your guests and reputation.

Trust K9 specialise in offering hotels tailored bed bug solutions, we can work independently with you, or can work with your existing pest control or facilities management company.

Early detection
Catch the infestation at the earliest point, before the bedbugs spread throughout the hotel. This cuts down the risk of guests being bitten and drastically reduces the cost and disruption of treating a large number of rooms.

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Just a few moments searching sites such as trip advisor, where there are over 75,000 references to bed bugs, is a good indication of just how widespread bed bugs are becoming, and how damaging they can be to a hotel’s reputation.

Turn up the heat
Treat the problem quickly- heat treatment is the only method which can kill eggs and bed bugs immediately, allowing you to rent the room the same day as treatment.

Unfortunately it is not possible to prevent bed bugs. They are carried into  hotels by guests or hotel workers in their clothes and luggage. However, Trust K9 offer a unique bed bug management programme allowing you to proactively monitor for bed bugs, significantly reducing the risk.


Trust K9 – The UK’s Bed Bug and Heat Specialists

Trust K9 detect, remove and control Bed Bug Problems.


Trust K9 offer a unique solution against bed bug infestations. Our approach combines highly accurate bed bug detection dogs with cutting edge Heat treatment. It minimizes the need for time-consuming and disruptive repeat visits with a range of options to suit all situations and budgets. Our service is discreet, fast and 100% effective. If you have bed bugs, or think you may have bed bugs, then we have a solution for you, whether you have been affected in your home, or are a hotel or business.

We offer also general pest control such as
moths, cockroaches, fleas, carpet beetles, birds, mites, mice, rats and ants.

To find out more please visit our partner company TK9 PEST CONTROL

Watch us on TV “Help My house is infested

Please email us or call us on 07943 638824 today for more information