March 21, 2022

Have you found evidence of some unwanted visitors in your home or place of business? Whether it’s rodents scrabbling around in the attic, termites chewing through the walls, or a bed bug infestation, pests have the potential to wreak havoc in your home. The best solution is to consult a professional pest control company in Knoxville to inspect and treat your home, but there are also some steps that you can take to discourage pests.

Let’s look at some of the dos and don’ts of pest control in Knoxville.

Do Take Preventative Measures to Keep Pests Out!

There is a wide range of steps that you can take to deter pests. These include eliminating leaks or standing water, blocking entry points, storing food in sealed jars, keeping the lids tightly on trashcans, avoiding clutter, and properly maintaining your home and yard.

Do Not Be Tempted to Use DIY Pest Control Methods

There is sometimes a temptation to save a few bucks and try to handle pests on your own. However, this can be a false economy as DIY products are most often ineffective. Pest control takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to effectively eradicate pest. At Otis Termite & Pest Control, we have over 47 years of experience offering Pest Control in Knoxville. We get the job done the first time!

Do Identify What Sort of Pest You Are Dealing With

Many types of pests could be making themselves at home on your property, and each of them requires a unique type of treatment to remove them. It is crucial to identify what type of pest. you are dealing with. Some pests might be instantly recognizable, but others, especially insects, can be easily mistaken for something else to the untrained eye. For example, there is often confusion between ants and termites. The best course of action to solve your pest infiltration is to call on our professional pest control in Knoxville and surrounding areas to inspect the property. A technician will carry out a full inspection and report on their findings along with a suggested treatment plan to deal with whatever types of pests are identified.

Don’t Ignore the Problem

If you suspect pests in your home or business property, one of the worst things you can do is take a ‘wait and see' approach. Pests are not something that just go away on their own, and this is a problem that definitely should not be ignored or put off. It is important to address any potential pest invasion as early as possible to minimize damage to your property and stop the infestation from spreading. Even if you are not 100% sure pests are present, we would definitely recommend having our professional pest control carry out an inspection to confirm the situation. This will also give you the opportunity to talk about prevention options.

Do Call in the Pest Control Experts

For successful pest control, you need to call in the experts. Pest control isn’t something you should dabble in without knowing what you are doing. Choose our professional pest control in Knoxville and the surrounding areas to treat pests of all types safely and effectively. This is the only guaranteed way to eliminate pests and protect your property against future infestation. At Otis Pest Control, we don’t believe in quick-fix temporary solutions. We will evaluate the property thoroughly to identify the problem and recommend the best treatment options. All of our products are EPA registered and approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. We will also help with ongoing pest prevention.

Don’t Forget to Arrange Ongoing Protection

Once you have gotten rid of the current pest infestation with the help of professional pest control in Knoxville, the story doesn’t stop there! The treatment will only eradicate the existing colony. It is still possible for pests to return later, which is why you need ongoing protection. Talk to Otis Pest Control about preventing future infestation with the help of annual inspections and treatment options.


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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