December 27, 2021

So, do you think you have a bed bug infestation in your home? Don’t panic. You are certainly not alone! We often get calls from clients who are embarrassed to admit that they suspect bed bugs are in their homes. This is usually thanks to the misconception that bed bugs only happen if your home is dirty. As one of the top providers of Bed Bug treatment in Knoxville, let us share a little secret with you. Bed bugs don’t care about sanitation! In fact, they don’t even know the difference between clean and dirty! You see, bed bugs do not choose where they are going to infest - they are simply brought into your home and settle there.

How Did The Bed Bugs Get Here?

Another thing you should know about bed bugs is that they are tiny hitchhikers! You can bring them into your home in several different ways from many potential sources. You may never find out where they came from! Some of the common ways bed bugs can be introduced to your home include the following:

  • Schools & College Dorms
  • Luggage
  • Clothing
  • Guests Visiting Your Home
  • Children Staying For a Sleepover
  • Motels
  • Yard Sale Purchases
  • Laundry

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give some idea of just how easy it is to bring bed bugs into your home if you have found yourself in need of bed bug treatment in Knoxville.

What Are the Signs to Look For When it Comes to Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are tiny, so you may not actually see them if you are not looking. People tend to start wondering if they need bed bug treatment in Knoxville because they wake up with itchy welts. Bed bug bites don’t hurt at the time, so you will not necessarily feel them feeding on your blood, but the mark left behind will turn into a raised, itchy welt. If this happens to you, the next step is to try and confirm you have bed bugs by stripping down the bed and examining the mattress and frame for any signs of the pest. Some of the other signs that you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Small unexpected bloodstains on your bedding
  • Dark or rusty spots on sheets, mattresses, and walls (this is bedbug excrement)
  • Evidence of fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins in small crevices where bedbugs are likely to hide
  • An unpleasant, musty odor from the bedbugs’ scent glands

How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

If you have a bed bug problem, you need to bring in professionals for bed bug treatment in Knoxville. At Otis Pest Control, we have been dealing with these little bloodsuckers for over 47 years! In that time, we have learned that the most effective bed bug treatment in Knoxville is thermal heat treatment. Bed bugs and their eggs cannot survive at temperatures above 120°F, so we can eliminate them quickly and efficiently by using thermal heat treatment. We guarantee that we will rid you of the infestation. However, keep in mind that you can bring them back into the home at any time without even realizing it, so there may be more infestations in the future.


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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