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Dodson Pest Control

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LAST UPDATED: April 12th, 2021

Dodson Bros. Exterminating Co., Inc. started was founded in 1944 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Today, the family owned 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 bugs, 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, roaches, and other problem pests can lead to structural damage and health problems. The pest control company 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 any pest issue, and eliminate contributing factors that enable unwanted pests to survive.

Dodson Bros. covers a number of bug and wildlife species to fit your pest management needs:

  • Ant Control
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bird Control
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Fabric Pests (like moths)
  • Fleas
  • Flies
  • Ladybugs
  • Mice
  • Millipedes
  • Mosquitoes
  • Pantry Pests
  • Rats
  • Spiders
  • Stinging Insects
  • Stink Bugs
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • Wood-Destroying Beetles

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:

  • Exterior Protection — a continuous barrier around the exterior of the home that prevents infestation
  • Insect Growth Regulators — replicating an insect’s natural hormones to disrupt natural growth and development
  • Bait —  using devices like ant traps to attract pests out of their protected environment and eliminate 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

Following a positive termite inspection, 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 exterminator 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.

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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. Leading pest control companies like Terminix put their technicians through rigorous certification programs like the National Pest Management Association's QualityPro and GreenPro programs.

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.

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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 Lynchburg, VA

They are really reliable and trustworthy

2 years ago

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