Dodson Bros. Exterminating Co., Inc. started was founded in 1944 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Today, the company boasts being one of the largest family-owned pest control companies in North America. The company provides both commercial and residential pest control services, termite control, bed bug management, moisture control, and rodent management.

Dodson Bros. currently provides pest control services to residents of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and the District of Columbia metropolitan area.

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The Good

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Several Different Treatment Methods
  • Termite Control
  • Commercial Services

Integrated Pest Management

Dodson Bros. knows that household pests are more than just a nuisance. Ants, rodents, cockroaches, and other problem pests can lead to structural damage and health problems. Dodson Bros. states that its technicians use a comprehensive and efficient system to remove any pests from the home. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the company will identify and eliminate any contributing factors that enable unwanted pests to survive.

Several Different Treatment Methods

After the initial inspection, the technician will come up with a customized treatment plan to address any concerns. Depending on the type of pest and wherein the home, the problem occurs will determine what kind of treatment is needed. Homeowners and business can expect any of the following treatments:

  • Traps
  • Exterior Protection — a continuous barrier around the exterior of the home
  • Insect Growth Regulators — replicating an insect’s natural hormones to disrupt natural growth and development
  • Bait — attracting pests out of their protected environment and eliminating them with consumable baits
  • Directed contact — Directly applied products and materials to the pests
  • Void Treatment — Treating enclosed areas (interiors of walls and underneath cabinets) to eliminate pests
  • Crack and Crevice Treatment — Strategically placing materials where insects live, breed, and hide
  • Structural Fumigation — More extreme cases might require fumigation

Termite Control

Dodson Bros. uses an effective termiticide called Termidor. Termidor is applied underneath and around the home. When a termite comes in contact with the insecticide, it becomes a carrier and will transmit the termiticide to the rest of the colony.

Commercial Services

Pests are bad news for a business. That’s why Dodson Bros. offers commercial services for a number of different business types. Whether it’s a restaurant, warehouse, retail store, or a housing complex, unwanted pests and critters can ruin a company’s reputation.

Businesses interested in working with Dodson Bros. to get rid of a pest problem will need to fill out a request consultation form on the company’s website.

The Bad

  • Plan Details
  • Employee Training
  • Lack of Additional Services

Plan Details

There are few details as to what a pest control plan contains. Dodson’s site simply states that it uses the Integrated Pest Management system to identify and treat pests and that the company has several strategies when it comes to managing pests. Before signing up, many customers like to know the details of what their treatment plan will contain and how often it will be implemented. While a pest control treatment plan does depend on several factors, it would be helpful to customers to have at least a general idea of what to expect.

Employee Training

Dodson states that its employees have the knowledge and training to treat any specific pest problem, but it does not say what kind of training or certification its employees go through.

Lack of Additional Services

Other companies in the industry will offer additional services alongside their pest control plans. Dodson does not offer any kind of lawn, attic, or crawlspace services.

The Bottom Line

Dodson Bros. has been in the pest control industry for 75 years now and many customers recognize the bright yellow trucks driving around town. The company strives to provide safe and effective pest control services and aims to keep its customers happy and satisfied.

However, a few things are missing from the Dodson Bros. website that would be helpful to homeowners and businesses looking to make a pest control purchase. Not having a thorough overview of what a treatment plan entails and not disclosing what kind of training/certification employees have, is slightly concerning. Additionally, there are no extra services, so customers will have to find another company to service their lawn, attic, or crawlspace.  

We recommend that consumers call the company to find out more and compare Dodson to other pest control companies.

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Rebekah
August 16th, 2019 Lynchburg, VA DETAILS
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They are really reliable and trustworthy

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May 2nd, 2019 Farmville, VA DETAILS
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Dodson came to take care of the mice and rats. Did not go over the service agreement! Or even mention what it meant, NEVER heard the word CONTRACT! They said I would have to pay a little more than $200, 25 thereafter. Was charged $50 ongoing instead for about a 5 minute job. Ants and spiders are still a problem, so I called to cancel...she said "okay!" However, even after the scheduled date, they were banging on the door but left before I could answer...did leave a bill for $50 though! Laughed at me when I called! Terrible, unethical "men"

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Heather
April 18th, 2019 Staunton, VA

"I'm here to sell product" said John the technician in Staunton. He failed to identify, locate or remedy a severe bird Mite infestation. He was condescending to me, treated me as if I was delusional and told my landlord what he wanted to hear only as my landlord's wallet was the one he was trying to tap into. Typical salesman tactics. He sold LL on a "fungus" attic treatment. Got him for over a grand and down payment secured before he left. Bird nests in awnings, bird excrement piling up by windows and mites climbing curtains every warm day we have. Gross negligence. Unethical. He said to me "report me" when I expressed my feelings about his "inspection" here. I've tried to talk to owner, nobody returns calls. He did get some instant karma coming out of the basement as he smacked his head on the doorframe. I had to laugh. Consumers beware.

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April 17th, 2019 Galax, VA DETAILS
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Very satisfied with Dodson Bros! Kelly M is always very helpful, friendly and ready to assist in any areas I may have an extra need!!

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February 14th, 2019 Harrisonburg, VA DETAILS
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Initial visit very high. $200 for 30 minutes. Not effective. Paid a year in advance. Supposed to have service every two months. Did not get it. Cancelled our agreement. Took forever to get money back. Would neither do business with them again nor would I recommend them.

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Betty Cummings
December 21st, 2017 Clarendon, NC DETAILS
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First time not free.Had to sign a contract,told an agent would call to make appointment in 2 months.Well,the ugly.First spray not affective.I bought 2 gal bug spray and redone job every week.2 montrhs past and no notification.Want to cancel and get a better pest controller.

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