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When it comes to pests like spiders, millipedes, ants, and other creepy crawlies, you want them as far from your home as possible. Unfortunately, you know that if something isn’t done, they often do find their way inside.

Rather than have to worry about these pests lurking about your home in places like your kitchen, bathroom, or worst of all, bedroom, you want to find a solution.

Perimeter pest control in Northern Virginia can be an effective defense that can shield your home from unwanted pests. If you’re considering a service like this, you likely want to have a better understanding of what’s involved. We’re here to answer all of your commonly asked questions about perimeter pest control so that you can determine if it’s right for you.

The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Perimeter Pest Control

The following are some of the questions that we get asked most frequently in terms of perimeter pest control, which at Kingstowne, we call our Perimeter Pest Defense program.

1. What is Perimeter Pest Control?

First and foremost, you might be wondering what exactly is perimeter pest control?


The easiest way for us to describe it is like a shield. With professional perimeter pest control applications around your property, we’re applying a high-quality repellent that forces these pests away.

Sometimes we’ve been asked whether it’s a service like an exterminator would offer, but it’s not the same thing. When you get to the point of needing to hire an exterminator, it’s because you already have a lot of pests inside of your home. Since these pests can breed and multiply quickly, you know that “a few” can soon become “many.”

Once you’re dealing with an infestation, you do need an exterminator.

But perimeter pest control aims to prevent that scenario by keeping pests out of your home in the first place. This is where the shield analogy really makes sense. It’s more of a proactive, defensive measure so that we can address pests before they become a problem.

At Kingstowne, our Perimeter Pest Defense program works to effectively target a variety of pests. These include ants, cockroaches, centipedes, milipedes, spiders, pillbugs, stink bugs, and silverfish.

2. Is Perimeter Pest Control Safe?

Besides wanting to know what perimeter pest control is all about, one of the other most common questions that we receive is, is it safe?

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We get it. Like you, we have children and pets and we understand that you don’t want to be worrying that you’re solving one problem by creating another.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry. At Kingstowne, we are utilizing a high-quality perimeter pest spray that is made from organic-based material.

While we do also use a low-dose larvicide, it’s important to understand what this product is. 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.

This product is so specifically targeted that it is safe—unless, of course, you are an insect in the larval stage.

The other thing that you should know is that the products we apply dry quickly (usually within a half hour to 40 minutes). It will be dry to the touch in a very short amount of time so it’s not like it’s spreading around or transferring to pets’ paws. Though we always assure homeowners the product is safe we know that there is added peace of mind that comes with knowing it dries fast.

3. Where is Perimeter Pest Control Applied?

Since the entire idea of perimeter pest control is to keep pests away from your home, we are spraying around the foundation as well as any areas that could be entry points such as around doorframes. The whole idea is to repel these pests away.

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We are never entering the home, which is a benefit to the client for a few reasons. For one, as we mentioned, our goal is focused on preventing these pests from getting into your home in the first place.

But it also means that we aren’t bringing any chemicals into the home. Plus, you don’t even have to be home for us to perform a treatment since we aren’t going inside. Homeowners appreciate that all of our perimeter pest control applications are outdoors.

4. How Much Does Perimeter Pest Control Cost?

As far as questions about perimeter pest control, another common one is regarding cost. Rightfully, homeowners want to have a better idea of what they’d be spending if they’re going to invest in this service.

At Kingstowne, our perimeter pest control treatments start at around $49 per treatment for a small property, such as a townhome. We perform five treatments to ensure that you are fully covered.

We also have a Mosquito, Flea & Tick Defense program. If you were to sign up for both, there are discounted savings.

5. What Else Can I Do to Keep Pests Away?

Finally, in addition to professional control, some homeowners want to know what else they can do to keep these nasty pests away.

We always recommend keeping gutters clean since these areas can often become a breeding ground for pests.

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Keeping your property neat and trim is also beneficial. Overgrown shrubs, tree limbs touching the home, or even tall grass that is overdue to be mowed often end up becoming places where pests hang out and potentially make their way into your home.

If you keep up with regular landscape maintenance, it can make a huge difference in keeping your property pest-free.

Choosing the Best Perimeter Pest Control in Northern Virginia

At the end of the day, when it comes to addressing pests on your property, you’d likely prefer to work with a company that offers exterior services such as Perimeter Pest Defense, rather than waiting until there’s an interior problem that you have to deal with. After all, you want to address these pests where they reside—not give them a chance to make their way inside and infest your home.

Don’t give these pests the opportunity to cause you stress. By working with the best perimeter pest control service, you can feel confident that there is no reason to worry. You’ll soon have a shield around your home that keeps these unwanted visitors away.

Ready to protect your Alexandria, Arlington, or Springfield, VA home from pests? Get started today! Request a free quote and let us give you 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.