Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore a Bed Bug Infestation


November 05, 2022

Bed Bugs may be tiny, but they are probably one of the most difficult pests to get control of! These tiny bloodsuckers feed on us and get into our beds, our furniture, our clothes, and all of our personal belongings. They are masters of hide and seek and will make their home in places you will never even think to look! If a bed bug infestation is left untreated it will make your life miserable. 

Here are the top reasons why you cannot afford to ignore a bed bug infestation.

1 - It Only Takes One Bed Bug to Trigger An Infestation

Bed bugs multiply at an alarming rate. All it takes is a single female bed bug to find its way into your home and in no time at all, you will be dealing with a full-scale infestation as she will lay eggs everywhere that she can! Bed bugs reach maturity in just 35 days and an adult female will lay up to 6 eggs every single day and can live for around one year. They are also able to move 3 or 4 feet per minute, so it is easy to see how a bed bug infestation will spread throughout the property very quickly!

2 - Bed Bugs Feed on Your Blood

Have you ever heard the old saying ‘Sleep Tight & Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite’? This is something that is heavily rooted in reality. Bed bugs do in fact bite us, usually as we sleep. They feed on human blood, which is already creepy enough to cause sleepless nights, but if that doesn’t keep you awake the intense itching from the bites certainly will. If you are unlucky enough to be allergic to the bite then it could be even worse! Allergic symptoms include enlarged bite marks, painful swelling, and even anaphylaxis.

3 - The Longer You Wait, The Worse It Gets

Bed bugs are one pest that needs to be controlled as quickly as possible, because the longer an infestation is left to continue, the worse it is going to be. The population will continue to grow and spread causing more bites, more stress, and ultimately more expense when it comes to pest control. This isn’t something that can be handled on your own. They are incredibly difficult to remove and over-the-counter treatments are largely ineffective. At Otis Termite & Pest Control we use a safe and effective thermal heat treatment process that kills bed bugs and their eggs quickly and effectively.


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.



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"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!"


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"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!"


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"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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