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Trust K9 on The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives

Did you see us on TV?

Alfie getting ready for Filming!

We participated in a four part series produced by KEO Films for the BBC Two Show The Lady Killers: Pest Detectives. The show is following four female pest controllers as they go about there daily routine. They are following Imogen of Tufnell Park Pest Control, Janet of Kwickill Pest Control, Deborah of Des Bone Pest Control and Angela of Conquer Pest Control. During the show Imogen calls in Claire and Alfie to carry out a canined bed bug search. She also calls Trust K9 out to carry out  three heat treatments over the course of the show.

Here is the link to the first episode.  The next episode will be aired at 8pm on Wednesday 1st of April 2015 on BBC Two.

Following the show The Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail wrote reviews which featured Alfie.

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Bed bug No No’s

4 of the most common mistakes in the control/eradication of bedbugs

As a company that deals exclusively with the eradication of bed bugs our engineers often come across customers who have been misinformed about the most effective treatments. In many cases, this can lead to spreading or even aggravating the insects, making the problem much worse and harder to get rid of.

We have come up with a simple guide to help you avoid making some of these most common mistakes:

1. Wrapping up clothes and bed linens in sealed bin liners or  plastic bags.

Although this can create a physical barrier between you and a small number of the insects, some bugs will survive in these bags –and they can survive for up to 18 months- only to infest your property and start to bite again once the bags are opened at a later date.

2. Throwing away your mattresses.

Although Bedbugs often travel over mattresses, in the vast majority of cases you won’t find harborages in them and so it’s not necessary to spend a lot of time and money on replacing them. Even if a small number of bugs are found in the seams of a mattress, it’s often possible to treat those affected areas with heat or none-residual chemicals. However, mattresses that contain cardboard or wood or have holes in may cause a problem.

3 Turning up the central heating to make all the eggs hatch.

Some pest controllers will advise you to take this approach with the intention of killing all the adult and nymph insects on the day of treatment and hoping there will be no eggs left afterwards. THIS WILL NOT WORK. Raising the temperature will give the bedbugs a boost in energy so that they will breed faster and simply lay more eggs. The only way to deal with all the bedbugs, including eggs and without heat treatment is to use residual pesticides and make sure that once the eggs hatch they have to cross over these pesticides on their way to feed.

4 Flying, Jumping, Living in your skin or on your person.

Being bitten by a parasite, especially a bedbug can be hugely traumatic and cause a great deal of psychological distress. If you are being bitten by an insect in your own home and especially in your own bed it’s easy to become paranoid about them. However bed bugs do not like motion or movement so as soon as they feel it’s safe enough to do so they will scurry away to a crack or crevice.

We will happily pass on any advice.

Please do not hesitate to call us on the number above.

 

 

I’m so sick of having bed bugs!

When considering your treatment options for eradicating bed bugs one of the biggest factors taken in to consideration is how long you have had the problem for and how badly you react to the bed bug bites.

A heat treatment is a great way to eradicate your bed bug problem in the quickest time. If you react very badly to the bites, feel you cannot sleep in your property because of the bed bugs or just cannot stand the thought of them then a heat treatment is your best option.

Heat treatments take a lot longer to complete than chemical treatments but unlike chemical treatments there is no waiting time for the treatment to be effective. A heat treatment will take 24 hours to complete but in those 24 hours all life stages are killed, so when you return to the property all the bed bugs including the eggs will be eradicated.

We always advise to heat treat your whole home except for kitchens and bathrooms. Bed bugs can feed on us anywhere we relax so, our bedrooms, studies or on our sofa when we are watching TV are all potential feeding places for bed bugs. Although you may not have seen them in these areas it is very easy for them to move between rooms so they may be there.

The cost of a heat treatment will vary from home to home so it is best to have a no obligation survey however we can normally provide a rough guide price on the phone once we have a few details from you.

We will always endeavor to give you the best advice for your circumstances and budget so do not hesitate to contact us.

 

New Year..New Bites?

Happy new year from all the staff at Trust K9. Alfie took this very special photo for everyone on new years eve.

Over Christmas and New Year’s the majority of us will visit family and friends. When visiting we may stay at their houses or in hotels.  By now we are all back into the swing of things. Carrying out our usual commute and back in our own homes. What do you do if you start to get bites? Or were bitten while you were away and are still being bitten now?

Firstly the best thing to do is to phone your family or friends you stayed and speak to them. They may not know they have a bed bug problem or they may have only just found out.

Secondly we need to identify if your biting problem is a bed bug problem. Have you been bitten by bed bugs before and know what the bites look like? Is the any evidence of the bed bugs in your property? Have you seen a bed bug?

If you haven’t you don’t need to worry. We have Alfie and Dex who are bed bug sniffer dogs and can detect as little as one bed bug or a few nymphs.

So if you feel you may have come into contact with a bed bug infestation recently, please don’t worry as you no longer have to wait to see the evidence of the bed bugs.

Please call the number above to book Alfie or Dex in for a visit.