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Everything You Need to Know About Perimeter Pest Control

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When it comes to pests lurking on your property and making their way into your home, you want a solution that works. Creepy crawlies like spiders, ants, millipedes, and others, are likely lurking around outside and if given the chance, will make their way inside.

The answer to this problem is perimeter pest control services. At Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape, we call it Perimeter Pest Defense. It’s like putting a shield around your home. With professional applications, you can feel confident that a high-quality repellent is helping to force pests away.
Of course, over the years, we have heard a variety of myths about perimeter pest control. Sometimes homeowners don’t completely understand what it is (or what it does). This can lead to misconceptions.

That’s why we’re here to talk about and debunk some of the common perimeter pest control myths. You deserve to have all of the facts in front of you before getting started with this valuable service.

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Perimeter Pest Control Myth #1: Perimeter Pest Control Can Be Dangerous

We completely understand the worries that often lead to this myth. Like you, we have children and pets and their safety is imperative. We know that you don’t want to worry that by solving one problem, you are creating another.

This is one of the reasons why we frequently get asked: Is pest control safe?

And we find that sometimes homeowners draw their own conclusions or worries.

dog laying in green grass

But the truth is, at Kingstowne, we are using high-quality perimeter pest control products made from organic-based materials that are safe.

While we do also use a low-dose larvicide, it’s important to understand what this product is before worrying. Larvicide is a product specifically targeted to the larval life stage of a pest. The larval stage is when pests are active but still immature.

It also helps to know that the products we use dry quickly (usually within a half hour to 40 minutes).

Perimeter Pest Control Myth #2: Perimeter Pest Control Will Take the Place of an Exterminator

Often the myths about perimeter pest control have to do with confusion between what an exterminator does and what we do. In fact, when people think about who they should call for pest services, they often first think of an exterminator.

Who is best to call ultimately depends upon what you are dealing with.

If you are already experiencing a heavy infestation inside of your home, then a traditional exterminator is your best bet. Likewise, if you are dealing with termites or rodents, those specific issues should be dealt with by an exterminator.

However, if you’re trying to prevent pests from getting into your home, then hiring a pest control company that handles exterior services will be highly effective. The entire idea of perimeter pest control is to prevent the pests from making their way inside in the first place (so that they don’t lead to an infestation).

pest control technician spraying exterior of home for pests

We never enter the home, which is a benefit to the client for a few reasons. For one, it allows us to focus on prevention. But, it also means that we are never bringing products inside of the home.

Plus, you don’t have to be home for us to perform a service, which can also be a myth about perimeter pest control (that you need to be home for us to come).

Homeowners appreciate that our applications are outdoors and that they do not have to be home in order for us to perform the service.

Perimeter Pest Control Myth #3: Perimeter Pest Control Gets Rid of Mice

As we mentioned above, there are going to be some specific pests that warrant an exterminator. Perimeter pest control does not control mice or other rodents. It is also not going to tackle termites. These are pests that can come into a home and wreak havoc so it’s important to get an exterminator out to address them.

pest control technician spraying exterior of garage

Our Perimeter Pest Defense program, serving Alexandria, Arlington, or Springfield, VA, does cover a fairly large array of common pests, though. These include:

  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Spiders
  • Pillbugs
  • Stink Bugs
  • Silverfish

Perimeter Pest Control Myth #4: I Don’t See Any Bugs, So I Must Not Have a Problem

Insects are expert hiders on your property and even inside of your home, so not seeing them does not mean you don’t already have them.

In fact, we don’t want to creep you out, but bugs are everywhere!

pest control technician sprays near entrance of home

And while you probably don’t have a problem with bugs being outside and away from your house (after all, that’s their home), you really don’t want them in the areas where you hang out. And you particularly do not want them coming inside and taking up residence.

That’s what our Perimeter Pest Defense program is all about. The idea is to shield your home from allowing unwanted pests to make their way inside.

Perimeter Pest Control Myth #5: I Can Use DIY Solutions to Get Rid of Pests

With the Internet at our fingertips and so many “DIY hacks” out there, we know that many homeowners think about tackling pests on their own. Whether it’s spraying vinegar, dish soap, or some other homemade concoction, we know that there are DIY solutions out there.

The trouble is, most people report that they don’t work very well. Plus, DIY solutions often require a lot of work on the homeowners’ part. You have to constantly be out there spraying these products.

homeowner carrying at home pest control products

The same is true for store-bought products. While they do sell pest control products at your local hardware store, if you take that approach you’ll need to spend your weekends targeting pests rather than enjoying time with your friends or family.

While you could certainly try to take a DIY approach to pest control, it might not be the most effective or most enjoyable solution. It’s something that is certainly easier left to the pros.

Choosing Northern Virginia Pest Control Without Worries

Hopefully, debunking some of these myths about perimeter pest control can help you to let go of your worries. In fact, it’s a great way to be proactive and get ahead of potential problems.

Rather than waiting until you have an interior problem, by implementing Perimeter Pest Defense you can feel confident that your home is protected.

By working with the best perimeter pest control service, you can gain valuable peace of mind. And with a barrier guarding your house against these unwanted visitors, your home can go back to being a safe and comfortable place for you and your family.

If you’re ready to stop worrying about pests lurking around your home in Alexandria, Arlington, or Springfield, VA, request a quote, get your customized plan, and sit back and relax as you get the royal treatment.

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Krisjan Berzins - Owner, CEO

Since 1997, Krisjan has led the Kingstowne team with one simple philosophy, treat every customer like the “only” customer. His passionate pursuit of impeccable customer service has resulted in 24 successful years and a thriving company with over 85 employees, helping thousands of homeowners in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA area get what they want -- a worry-free property they can be proud of.