Methods that make eco-sense
According to a University of Florida study, scent-detecting canines are proven to be approximately 98% effective in sniffing out live bedbugs and viable eggs. Working diligently with their expert handlers to identify this most persistent of pests, our crack canine inspection team comprises Riley, Benji, Roxy, Dexter and Jax.
All five of MMPC’s bed bug dogs were rescued from humane shelters as puppies and brought to a “gold standard” Florida training center, where they each spent nine months fulfilling their National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) certification requirements. They’re tested routinely and daily at MMPC to keep their detecting skills well-honed.
We undertake property inspection schedules on a one-time, as needed, or a recurring basis. We’ve worked with tenants, homeowners, property managers, business owners, retailers, moving companies, trains, cruise lines and airlines — in each case, we inspect the premises thoroughly and provide documentation of inspection. This reflects our adherence to high property management standards, as well as providing proof that the premises are bed bug-free.
At MMPC, using pesticides is a last resort. However, under certain circumstances, it is the most viable solution. Accordingly, we deploy a full line of EPA-approved, EcoSMART pesticides derived from plant oils. Depending on the nature of the infestation, we work closely with each client to determine the best choice to solve the problem, while ensuring that the environment, your health, and the health of your family or colleagues is not compromised by harsh chemicals.
This complete commitment to environmentally-conscious solutions has earned us QualityPro and GreenPro certifications from the NPMA, designations that define MMPC as a top-tier pest control company in all aspects of its business practices.
Mice, rats, roaches and other pests often enter a space and spread using small crevices, moving between apartments or buildings. The MMPC approach is to use exclusion, also known as pest proofing, an eco-friendly technique which prevents pests from entering your premises by creating barriers, precluding the need for pesticides.
A full premises inspection includes careful investigation around existing appliances to discover all the possible ways pests can enter. Using steel wool, expanding foam, clear caulk, and metal plating, we effectively close up every potential entry point — our technicians can seal cracks as small as 1/8 inch in size.
Freezing, or cryonite application, is an extremely fast process that exposes insects to a cooling medium (carbon dioxide snow), causing them to die off quickly on contact. The cryonite unit dispenses this through a specially designed, MMPC-patented nozzle that regulates the size and speed of released particles, ensuring the demise of insects, eggs and larvae. Since cryonite is a non-chemical treatment, it is entirely safe for your family and pets.
Although it penetrates deep inside the tiny cracks and crevices of electronics and machinery, cryonite won’t damage them, or any other valuables. Bed bug treatment solutions that combine cryonite, pesticide application and heat treatment effectively eradicate the problem. This method is also an effective alternative to furniture fumigation.
In particularly advanced cases of infestation, when all other treatments have been exhausted, we’ll use gas fumigation. This doesn’t, as commonly believed, involve liquid insecticide, but rather an odorless gas (sulfuryl fluoride), deployed inside an airtight structure or chamber.
Fumigation has been documented to be 100% effective, killing insects in all stages of life (including the eggs) and leaving no residuals. This makes it ideal for treating standalone structures and any kind of household items where pests might use inaccessible spaces to hide (such as clothing, bed frames, furniture, luggage, books, etc.). Other than food, medicine and plants, all personal items can be fumigated safely and effectively.
Depending on a structure’s construction, design and materials, securely sealing a space for fumigation is achieved in two ways: through the use of plastic, tape or other sealing materials; or by enclosing the structure in a “tent” of vinyl-coated nylon tarpaulins. For example, a timber-constructed structure might require a tent, while a brick structure might require the tape and seal method. Whenever there are basements, crawlspaces and French drains, we recommend tenting, as the resulting gas loss would be extensive.
Since structural fumigants are odorless, we release a warning agent such as chloropicrin (tear gas) within the structure when fumigation begins and throughout the entire process. Everyone (persons, pets and plants alike — even fish, seeds and planted bulbs) must be removed from the structure prior to fumigation. Medicines, feed, and food not wholly sealed in containers must also be taken out, or sealed in protective bags as recommended by the fumigant manufacturer.
Some state regulations require us to notify the local fire department at least 48 hours before we begin fumigation, and the process generally lasts 3-4 full days.
Thermal heating programs offer the latest and most efficient technology in pest management, especially in urban areas. These treatments are the least labor-intensive to prepare for and offer the quickest solution: often, only a single treatment is needed to eradicate the problem.
When you place clothes and linens into the dryer on a high temperature setting, or steam sofas and rugs, it’s the same concept, except applied with more precision by MMPC thermal heating program experts, including certified electricians and engineers.
Together, they calibrate and monitor the right combination of generators, heaters and fans to bring ambient temperatures of a living space up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, a level intolerable to many pests, including bed bugs. While the heating process can take 4–8 hours, the full treatment requires that the premises be vacated for 24–48 hours.
Before the treatment, we supply the customer with a detailed set of instructions on preparing family, pets, the overall space, furniture and personal belongings for the process. MMPC representatives are available 24/7 to consult further and address any concerns.