Oct 18, 2022

If there is one particular pest that nobody wants to share their home with, then it is probably the humble bed bug! However, the unfortunate reality is they are prevalent and can spread incredibly quickly. Here are a few things that every family needs to know about bed bugs!

1 - Bed Bugs Won't Go Away On Their Own

Many things in life can be faced with a 'wait and see approach, but your bed bug infestation is not one of them! This is not a pest that will go away on its own; you will need professional bed bug treatment in Knoxville to address the problem. Over the years, bed bugs have gradually become more immune to common pesticides used in bed bug treatment in Knoxville. That's why we use thermal heat treatment at Otis Pest Control to eradicate your bed bug infestation. This process can penetrate every crack and crevice of your home, killing not just the bed bugs themselves but also their eggs. Neither can survive at temperatures over 120°F for any length of time, so we can heat the property above this temperature to rid your home of this pest. This is the single most effective treatment method for a bed bug infestation.

2 - Bed Bugs Can Be Found Anywhere

Nobody likes discovering that their home is infested with pests, especially bed bugs. It is a huge source of shame and embarrassment for many homeowners. However, there is absolutely no reason to feel this way! Finding yourself needing bed bug treatment in Knoxville is not a reflection of your hygiene or housekeeping skills! Bed Bugs don't care if your home is clean or dirty; they will take up residence absolutely anywhere! They can be picked up anywhere, including your friends' and neighbors' homes! We have provided bed bug treatment in Knoxville homes of all shapes and sizes, from trailers to townhouses. In fact, you might be surprised to learn how many big-name stores and hotels have been treated for these pesky critters. About 1 in 5 homes in America has had a bed bug infestation. You are not alone, and you don't need to be ashamed! It's something that just happens! All you can do is deal with the problem when it does, and Otis Pest Control can help. Call us today and arrange bed bug treatment in Knoxville.

3 - Bloodstains May Point to Bed Bugs

Most people will be completely unaware that they have a bed bug problem. One of the first things most people notice that triggers their search for bed bug treatment in Knoxville is finding blood stains on their bedding or nightclothes in the morning. This trail of blood is not necessarily coming from bug bites, many people don't even feel them, but rather it is a result of you crushing a bug after it has fed and becoming engorged with blood. They are very tiny, so they can be easily squashed when you move around in your sleep. Some of the stains may also be bed bug secretions rather than blood. Both are reasons enough to book professional bed bug treatment in Knoxville.

4 - Bed Bugs Don't Just Feast at Night

You have probably heard the traditional rhyme: "Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite!" One of the biggest myths surrounding bed bugs is that they will only come out and feed at night while you sleep. This is not true. Bed bugs are certainly not nocturnal; they will come out in search of a meal whenever they are hungry, regardless of the time of day. You don't even have to be tucked up in bed for them to bite you! Bed bugs can make themselves at home in any type of fabric or textile, so that they may lurk in clothing, cushions, luggage, and many other places! You probably won't even feel them biting you at the time. The annoying itch that some people experience comes much later.

Pro Tip! If you do have itchy bed bug bites, try using a cold compress to soothe the pain and relieve the itch. An Oatmeal bath is also another popular home remedy. A steroid cream can relieve any itching or inflammation if all else fails.

5 - Bed Bugs Are Hide & Seek Champions!

When you have bed bugs, a DIY approach will not cut it. These tiny pests are the champions of hide and seek! It is always necessary to use professional bed bug treatment in Knoxville to ensure your infestation is gone for good. Bed Bugs are near invisible to the untrained eye, and you would likely never notice them if it wasn't for the biting! When treating bedbugs, your pest technician must treat every crack and crevice!

If you think you might be dealing with a bed bug infestation, you must seek professional pest control as soon as possible. Otis Pest Control provides bed bug treatment in Knoxville, guaranteed to eradicate your bed bug problem. Call 865-690-1662 for a free consultation.


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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