OTIS | Pest Prevention Tips To Help Avoid Heartbreak!

Feb 08, 2023

As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air and on our minds! Whether you are already in a relationship or are single and looking for that special someone, there are lots of things that contribute to a happy and healthy relationship. Pest control might be one of the things that first comes to mind, but it matters more than you might think! Let's take a look at how pest control in Knoxville can help you prevent pests and heartbreak, killing two birds with one stone!

Are Pests A Deal Breaker in Your Relationship?

Everyone has at least one deal breaker when it comes to relationships. For most people, this could be expected things like poor hygiene habits, lack of career prospects, taste in movies, or even long distance. However, some things that can make or break a relationship are a little more unexpected - like spotting a mouse in the kitchen!

Fun Fact! Studies show that 25% of female homeowners would be willing to break up with someone who had pests in their home! That's even higher than the rate of those who would end a relationship over differing political views (17%) or a terrible sense of style (13%). Of those who said they would call it off over pest control issues, 3% said they had stopped dating someone after seeing a solitary cockroach in their love interest's home!

How To Avoid Pest Infestations

There are a lot of factors that are beyond your control when it comes to the success or failure of a relationship, but pest control doesn't need to be one of them! Booking a visit from pest control in Knoxville is a great way to minimize the risk of a pest infestation and shows you are being proactive in the event of a pest problem emerging. However, here are a few other steps you can take to ward off unwanted pests and hopefully avoid the heartbreak of being dumped!

  1. Seal Up Potential Entry Points The first step to deterring pests from entering your home is to try and get rid of any access points. This means going around and sealing any cracks you can see in windows, door frames, around light fixtures, around pipes, and around vents. Pests such as spiders, ants, and silverfish can squeeze through tiny gaps, so sealing these up can help make it more difficult for them to enter.
  2. Throw Out Your Trash Keeping your home clean and tidy is another excellent way to keep your home free from unwanted pests. Most household pests are searching for a source of food, so eliminating this discourages them from setting up colonies in your home. One of the big things to work on is keeping trash out of the house. Empty the garbage daily and make a habit of cleaning cabinets and countertops regularly to remove crumbs. It is also important to throw out old floral arrangements and wreaths when they begin to decay, as this can also attract pests, especially flies and moths.
  3. Keep Food Stored Securely Circling back to the point that pests are searching for food, it is also important to store your food appropriately so that pests cannot get to it. Things like dried goods, including pet kibble or bird seed, must be kept in airtight containers with tight lids. Many pests, including rodents and cockroaches, are indiscriminate about their diets and will eat almost anything that is available. Cutting off their opportunity to enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet in your pantry.

  4. What to Do If You Spot Unwanted Pests In Your Home?

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, pests still manage to find their way inside. It's perfectly normal and nothing to be ashamed of. The important thing is to take action quickly to stop it from spreading. The longer pests are present, the more damage they can do, and the more serious the infestation will become. At the first sign of trouble, call professional pest control in Knoxville to pay you a visit and come up with the best plan to eliminate the current pest infestation and take steps to prevent repeat infestations in the future.

    Otis Pest Control has more than 47 years of experience providing pest control in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. We have handled just about every type of pest infestation you can imagine and have fine-tuned the best techniques to deal with them. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, and we stove to do the job right the first time, every time.


    Otis Termite & Pest Control is a full-service pest control company with a focus on outstanding service. We have been serving the East Tennessee area for over 56 years and our reputation is built on prompt and effective service. We’re good at what we do and we’re fast. We do the job right the first time – and that’s an actual guarantee! 

    Call 865.690.1662 or visit www.otispestcontrol.net.



Emily Moeck

"I unknowingly moved into a home that had a HUGE bed bug infestation..."Don't you worry, we are on top of this until they are gone, I promise!"... Jack was knowledgeable and honest in his assessment of my house/treatment methods. Thank you, Jack and Rocky and the whole Otis team! My home is home again!"


Joshua Weaver

"Prompt responses and appointment times. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Straight forward service without any "pushing" for extras."


Charlotte Bishop

"These guys were super helpful and kind. Jack thoroughly explained every procedure and made what could have been a horrible situation much more bearable. I definitely recommend them!"


Tamie Ridenour

"Excellent service and staff!! They were at my house the same day I called, for New construction pre-treatment!"


Cathy Amos

"Highly recommend! Jack and Rocky are great! You've got a business and highest recommendation! Great people to work with!"

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