Ohio PMP Trusts Transport® Mikron™ for Bed Bug Control

Ohio PMP Trusts Transport® Mikron™ for Bed Bug Control

According to Manson Collins of Buckeye Bug Services in Millersport, Ohio there are only two reasons why he has a pest control business: his iPhone and Transport® Mikron™ insecticide. His iPhone lets him run his business from anywhere while Transport Mikron provides simple, dependable bed bug control. Finding these technologies was critical to Collins because his one-man Buckeye Bug is just over a year old and its focus is the industry’s most notorious pest: the bed bug. “I simply would not be in business if it wasn’t for Transport Mikron,” said the ten-year pest control veteran. “That and the iPhone are what make it happen.” Recently, FMC Pest Wire spoke with Collins to find out what other pest management professionals can learn from his singular focus: Target the bugs. As an industry, says Collins, we are overcomplicating bed bug control. “I’ve seen companies rip a house apart or tell a customer they have to pay to heat treat the entire house when they should have started with where bed bugs feed, namely, the bed, the couch and other furniture.” And though Collins concedes that some infestations do warrant such extreme measures, most new bed bug infestations can be controlled with careful inspection, documentation and treating just one or two rooms with insecticides.   Remember the two “R’s:” Residual and (Non) Repellency.     Though bed bugs mainly stay near human hosts, explained Collins, they still move around. That’s why his first step is always Transport Mikron, a product that offers long residual control and is non-repellant. That means the bed bug isn’t triggered to move away from the insecticide,...
Stopping a Silent Scourge: Bed Bug Control in Group Housing

Stopping a Silent Scourge: Bed Bug Control in Group Housing

Bed bugs in any facility are hard to control, but group housing makes it especially challenging. Contributing factors can include building age, mental health issues of residents, rotating staff and budget restrictions, as well as the many challenges of bed bug biology. “There is no magic bullet, but you can overcome a bed bug infestation, and come out the better for it,” says Mike Deutsch, B.C.E., of Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc. in Lynbrook, New York. “You need the right pest management partner, a holistic approach and, above all, patience.” Deutsch should know; he’s a board certified entomologist and has been fighting pests in the New York area for 40 years. Recently, he and the Arrow team helped a group home of mentally challenged adults overcome a severe bed bug infestation. The facility had bed bugs in more than half its 20 rooms, plus the common areas. Here’s how they did it: Training and education “Educating staff is essential,” says Deutsch, who provides hour-long training sessions to all levels of staff, from housekeeping to management. “Not only can they be the first line of defense in terms of identification but they can help correct behaviors that might be contributing to re-infestation.” Weekly laundering of sheets on high; inspecting bags brought into the building and removing clutter around beds is helpful. Also, mattress encasements like those from Protect-a-Bed® and CleanBrands prevent bed bugs from getting deep inside mattress and box springs where they can be difficult to remove. Inspection Deutsch and his technicians start with the beds, inspecting the mattress seams, folds and grommets and inside the box springs and bed...
Gary Geiger:  Florida Bed Bug Buster

Gary Geiger: Florida Bed Bug Buster

Bed bugs exploded in central Florida several years ago and quickly became the focal point for one Florida business — Geiger’s Pest Services, in St. Petersburg. “We did 11 bed bug jobs in 2011 – and last year it rose to 175 jobs,” notes owner Gary Geiger. “I have 15 technicians, and four of them now specialize in bed bug work.” “Generally, when I get a bed bug call, the problem is already severe,” says Geiger. “The trigger point is 30 days – by then, you’ve almost reached critical mass. More than likely the homeowners have fogged or treated on their own, which makes the problem worse. It irritates the bugs and now they’re in the nooks and crannies, hiding out. So they’re not as easy to find.”A few months ago, Geiger started using Verifi® bed bug detectors from FMC Professional Solutions as part of his bed bug protocol. As the first devices to provide up to 90 days of active detection, Verifi detectors employ three attractants to lure bed bugs. After 90 days, attractants can be replaced and detection can continue. “What I’ve learned is that everyone has post-traumatic stress syndrome with bed bugs,” explains Geiger. “This happens because of the expense, the disruption, the shame, the sleepless nights – you name it! Verifi helps with all that – it helps give my customers peace of mind.”Now, when he finishes a bed bug job, Geiger also installs Verifi units. “We place them near the beds or wherever the bed bug activity was,” he adds. “They are very easy to inspect, which is a beautiful thing. The homeowner wakes...
Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Want to hear a pest control professional wax poetic in an insecticide review? Get Rich Ramirez, technical director of Dial-a-Bug Pest Control, Inc. talking about his bed bug insecticide of choice, Transport® Mikron™ from FMC Professional Solutions. “It’s a great all-around product,” Ramirez said. “It gives us fast knockdown and the flexibility to go anywhere. Plus, it’s got a great label… a wide spectrum of pests, several ways to apply and options for food-handling areas.” Ramirez uses Transport Mikron as his go-to bed bug insecticide for several reasons. “With the new labeling, we can treat the room’s perimeter as well as the mattress and the box spring without having to change actives,” he said. “It’s quicker for the technician and quicker for the customer.” Ramirez also likes that the insecticide is non-repellant. “We’ve used to it treat roaches in restaurants that were closed by the Board of Health,” he said. “In a few hours, they were roach free and getting ready to reopen. Amazing.” To begin using Transport Mikron insecticide on bed bugs, roaches, termites and other pests, visit the FMC Professional Solutions website or contact your FMC Market...
Pest Professionals Choose Verifi for Bed Bug Detection

Pest Professionals Choose Verifi for Bed Bug Detection

Focusing on commercial pest management has fueled Bingham’s Professional Pest Management Inc.’s growth over the past few years. In fact, business for the Florida firm is up 28% this year — and bed bug detection and management is a big part of that growth. “Bed bugs are the new German cockroach for our commercial customers,” says Brian Hawkins, president of the St. Petersburg company. “I don’t think we will ever eliminate them in settings such as multi-unit housing complexes. With all the common areas they have and the number of people coming and going, bed bugs will continue to be a problem.” After first making an appearance in central Florida in 2010, bed bugs now represent between 8 – 12% of the company’s business, adds Hawkins. Overall, the firm divides its business among pest control (24%), termite work (20%) and fumigation (20%). Renewals account for the remaining 36%. Though Hawkins favors fumigation treatments to manage bed bugs for his residential customers, he realizes it isn’t practical in commercial settings. “One of our customers is a 14-story apartment complex,” says Hawkins, who owns the business with his cousin Bob Bingham. “If we fumigated that place, 144 residents would have to leave the building. It’s just not cost-effective.” So Hawkins turns to control products and a program approach to manage bed bugs for his commercial accounts. But detecting bed bugs and following-up are often tricky. “We’ve eliminated bed bugs in these multi-unit housing facilities for six months to a year – and then they popped up again!” he said. “We were looking for a way to continuously monitor so we could...