Bed Bugs: An Invisible Menace

Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on blood. As adults, they resemble apple seeds in size and shape, they can easily infest a home or business in great numbers within a short period of time. Bed bug infestations are not easy to remedy, but the techniques of a skilled pest control company can help you get rid of them for good.

Bed bugs have been infesting human living and working areas for millennia, tracing as far back as ancient times. Thought to have been eradicated from the US during World War II, they have since bounced back and become a common household pest, biting people typically as they sleep. Since bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices in homes, and inside furniture, you may not find them until a pest control professional locates them for you. However, you may discover many signs of their presence before then, including bites on your family’s skin and evidence of brown fecal matter where they search for food.

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Identify

Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown insects that can be ¼ inch or less in length, and they have six legs. You can also identify bed bugs from their bites. Some questions you should consider if you think you have bed bugs are:

  • When are bed bugs most active?
  • What are some signs of bed bug activity?
  • What should I do when I discover bed bugs?

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Cause

While bed bugs can travel on their own, they primarily rely on the movements of humans and animals to get from place to place. Some questions we can answer to help you determine the cause of an infestation include:

  • How quickly do bed bugs reproduce?
  • How do bed bugs travel?
  • Why did my home get bed bugs?

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Treatment

Treating a bed bug infestation can be difficult, especially if the infestation has reached a critical level. The best thing to do is call a professional, and we’re here to help answer some questions you may have about treatment options, like: 

  • Do DIY techniques help?
  • What’s the best way to get rid of bed bugs?
  • What can I expect from treatments?

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Prevention

Nobody wants to have to deal with a pest problem, which is why practicing  prevention is always best. Some questions we can answer to help you determine the best way to prevent bed bugs in your home or business include:

  • How can I prevent bed bugs at home?
  • What are some lesser known tips?
  • How can I spot bed bugs when traveling?

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An Expert Weighs in On Bed Bugs

Our entomologist, Dr. David Moore, is an expert on all things bed bugs. In a recent interview, he answered questions about how bed bugs travel, what their lifecycle is like, how quickly they can infest a home, early signs of an infestation, and more. Watch the interview to learn more!










Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Here is a simple fact sheet you can download as you look to identify or troubleshoot a bed bug infestation.
Fact Sheet

Dodson Bed Bug Treatment Process

We can use several different methods to eradicate bed bugs from your home or business, including using liquid treatments. However, one of our quickest and most effective techniques is fumigation. This 24-hour treatment uses a substance called Vikane to completely kill all bed bugs in a location, and it will dissipate completely in a short time, leaving all possessions and items in the location completely unharmed so long as you follow the instructions provided by the technician.

We’re here to help solve your bed bug problems in any way we can, and we provide free inspections. For more information, contact us today!

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