Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Elimination and Control in Utah

We are the leaders in bed bug detection and elimination. It may feel like the world is coming to an end and you will never feel comfortable in your home again, but there are solutions. We can walk you through how to successfully eliminate bed bugs and help you feel comfortable in your bed again.

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Bed Bug Inspections

Inspection is the first step to establish if you have bed bugs or not. We need to know where they are located as well as the severity of the infestation. Then we can design a plan of action. Our specially trained bed bug dogs are an additional tool to help us locate bed bugs and we always perform visual inspections as well.

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Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Kill all bed bugs and their eggs in a single treatment. Our bed bug heat treatment procedure begins by heating the infested space using large heaters. We use fans to ensure that hot air is moving around the entire area. We will also rotate furniture and belongings to make sure everything gets thoroughly heated.

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Bed Bug Preventive Treatments

We are strong believers in preventive bed bug treatments for hotels, apartments, and other locations that are at high risk for bed bugs. For preventative treatments we often apply a light insecticidal dust to areas likely to contain bed bugs. This dust kills all bed bugs that it comes in contact with and stays in place for long amounts of time.

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Bed Bug Dogs

We have bed bug dogs that help sniff out difficult-to-find bed bugs. We have been working with specially trained bed bug dogs for the past ten years. They are amazing animals that allow us to locate difficult-to-find bed bugs. They sniff out bed bugs just like a bomb dog or a drug dog.

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Bed Bugs 101

Learn more about bed bugs. When dealing with bed bugs or trying to prevent bed bugs, becoming educated on these pests is important. Bed bugs are incredibly interesting. In the last 10 years, these insects have gone from being completely eradicated to being found in almost every city in the United States.

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Bed Bug Treatments

Thorn offers different treatment options for bed bugs. We will cater a treatment to best fit the needs of our client. Preventative treatments go hand in hand with our heat and chemical treatments for bed bugs.

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Chemical Treatments

We are not a one size fits all company when it comes to bed bugs. We protect your home through many different methods. In some situations, chemical bed bug treatments will be your best option.


A chemical treatment’s main objective is to get direct contact of our products to every bed bug and bed bug egg. This is a very thorough process. Chemical treatments generally require about 4 treatments spaced out by 10 days each. We use desiccant dusts and modern dual active pesticides.

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Training your team on bed bug behavior and how to respond to a bed bug infestation is critically important. We provide important and engaging bed bug trainings to help you be proactive against bed bugs. Prepare your team by educating them on bed bugs and how to respond to issues.


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Common types of bed bugs in Utah

Cimex lectularius

There is only one species of bed bug in Utah and that is the common bed bug Cimex lectularius. There are however other insects in the same family (cimicidae) in Utah that look similar to a bed bug like the swallow bug, bat bug, and Mexican chicken bug. Most other cimicids are associated with birds and bats.

Correct Identification is Key

Make sure your “bed bugs” are getting properly identified as treatments are very different for these insects. Bed bugs are invasive and typically much harder to control. Swallow bugs and bat bugs typically require removing or excluding the bats and birds and then a simple pest control treatment around entry points. Swallow bugs and bat bugs typically do not have the high resistance to modern pesticides like a bed bug and are fairly easy to control once their food source is gone.

Just as a disclaimer, do not treat bats and birds/nests directly with pesticides. This is not necessary and may harm the animals.

How common is the problem in Utah?

Bed bugs are very common in Utah. We treat over 500 infestations here in Utah annually. Eliminating tens of thousands of bed bugs and helping Utahns sleep better.

Public Health Threat

Bed bugs are a public health threat as they can have a major impact on your health and well-being like sleepless nights, paranoia, anemia, uncomfortable bites, and allergic reactions.

Where can they be found?

Bed bugs are more prevalent in multi-family housing but they are found in single family homes as well. Bed bugs only live indoors and have to be brought in to a space. We also find bed bugs in offices, schools, and anywhere people spend a significant amount of time. Bed bugs want to be near their food (people).

What attracts bed bugs?


You. They feed on blood, so they are attracted to and are very adept at living with humans. That being said they are not coming from the outdoors and must be carried or brought in to a home or business. That can be on people coming to stay with you or being brought in on something like used furniture.


Once they are in your home they are attracted to a few things like the CO2 that you exhale and your body heat. They use these cues to position themselves close to you in undisturbed areas like under your box spring, in your bed frame, or behind your headboard.

Most common ways people get bed bugs

Bed bugs are brought in by a houseguest that has bed bugs.

Used furniture is brought in that has bed bugs.

You travel and stay somewhere that has bed bugs.

Bed bugs coming from an adjacent unit in an apartment or multi-family housing.

Signs you have bed bug problem


Not everyone is allergic and people have different reactions to bed bug bites. You cannot identify bed bugs by just bites, but they are an indication and if you think you are getting bites from bed bugs you should hire an experienced pest control expert to provide an inspection.

Black spotting on bed or furniture

Bed bugs leave a dark spot when they defecate. It is smooth and black. This black spotting is often found in cracks and crevices of a wooden headboard or bed frame, edges of a box spring, mattress, bed skirt, or the piping or edges of furniture.

Shed skins

As bed bugs grow they shed their skin. They do this 5 times before they are a full adult. These shed skins may be difficult to find but they are definitely a sign that you have bed bugs. The sheds look like a shell of a bed bug and are light tan in color.


One of the most common ways that people identify that they have bed bugs is by finding a bug or multiple bugs. Bed bugs are very light tan when they first hatch and turn a rusty red color as adults. Adults are about the same size as an appleseed.

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