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When you think about pests lurking on your property, it probably doesn’t feel very safe. After all, pests can be creepy and crawly, making you feel uneasy, but they can also carry and transmit diseases.

But there’s something else that’s unsafe and that’s taking pest control methods into your own hands. Pest control safety is a big deal and while licensed and trained pros are likely doing all the right things to make pest control safe, DIY pest control is a different story.

In this article, we’ll answer the question: Is DIY pest control safe?

And we’ll look at some reasons why hiring a pro is a much safer option.

Is DIY Pest Control Safe?

We know that there is this notion that DIY pest control is safe. But this isn’t necessarily the case at all. Here are some potential reasons why.

#1: DIY Products Aren’t Always Safer

The safety of pest control all boils down to the products being used. While you might assume anything that a pro is using has to be highly potent, you should know that pest control is a heavily regulated and very safe industry.

Because of that, the products used by pros are scrutinized.

homeowner looks at diy pest control products

Meanwhile, you might be surprised to learn that some of the store-bought products that you can purchase on your own are often more dangerous.

One of the big reasons for that is the fact that those store-bought products are typically designed to be able to kill a variety of different pests. You might see on the label that it can take care of as many as a dozen different types! But the products that Kingstowne is using for pest defense are specifically targeted to certain insects (most often 2 or 3 at most).

Another thing that we’re often using in pest control is larvicide and in extremely low doses. It’s literally only targeting larvae. It’s not harming plants, pets, or people. The idea with larvicides is to kill insects before they even have the chance to grow into adults (and start to pose a risk).

#2: Pest Control Professionals are Highly Trained

In addition to the safety of the product, safe pest control is also all about how the product is applied. You want to make sure that you are using best practices.

A highly trained pest control professional is going to know exactly how to apply the products they’re using (which makes things safer).

They also know when and where on your property to treat for optimal effectiveness. For instance, for perimeter pest defense, we are sticking to the perimeter of the house, around the windows, around the doors, and maybe around the garage. It’s not like we’re blanketing your entire property. That’s not necessary.

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We’re specifically targeting the places where pests might try to make their way into your home—and we’re creating a barrier to prevent them from getting in.

The fact that we don’t have to go into our customers’ homes is something that also gives them comfort. We think the best defense against pests is keeping them out of peoples’ homes in the first place!

One of the big factors of safety is proper application. In general, products are typically considered safe if applied correctly—and that’s a big if! A well-intentioned homeowner who doesn’t know how to handle or apply chemicals can potentially put themselves and their family at risk even if it was all in an effort to be safer.

This is why having a highly trained pro handle pest control is actually a safer solution.

#3: With DIY Pest Control, You’ll Have to Store and Handle the Chemicals Yourself

Another factor that people don’t always think about when they take pest control into their own hands is that they have to store chemicals until they’re used…and then store any leftovers when they’re done.

If there’s any mixing or transferring of chemicals, they’re also now having to interact with them.

homeowner carries diy pest control products

On top of all that, if you have children or pets, having chemicals in storage in your garage or shed might not be ideal.

We know that people often tackle pest control on their own thinking it’s not going to be a big undertaking but there’s often a lot more to it than they thought.

The storage and handling of chemicals are one of those big considerations that sometimes get overlooked.

Are Pest Control Services Safe?

At the end of the day, we understand that you’re really just looking out for your family’s safety. You want pest control that works but that doesn’t compromise safety in some way.

The good news is that for most pest control companies, pest control safety is absolutely imperative to them. They should be using safe products and implementing best practices that make the application of those products safe. In addition, they are taking care of chemical handling and storage so that none of that responsibility falls on you.

Of course, all of these points are contingent upon the idea that you choose pest control services in Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA that cares about the safety of their people and their clients.

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That means they hire well-trained professionals who follow all the proper safety protocols.

At Kingstowne, we absolutely make pest control safety a top priority.

We understand that pests can be a real threat so you absolutely need a solution that works. That being said, the last thing that we would want to do is add to your worries by utilizing unsafe products or methods that also raise concerns.
We want you to know that you can have the best of both worlds with pest defense methods that are safe and effective.
By investing in professional pest control, you can gain the peace of mind that your property is being protected and your family is safe.

If you’re ready to stop worrying about the nuisance and dangers of pests on your property, 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.