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The Ins and Outs of Perimeter Pest Control

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Implementing perimeter pest control around your home or business is a good way to take action against the pests that plague numerous residential and commercial properties every year before they become a menace to you. Though there is a slight chance that insects or rodents could already be living inside of your structure, pest control professionals find that most pests come in from the outside searching for food and a warm place to take shelter. This means that by beginning your pest prevention and control on the exterior, you should have less to worry about on the interior.

What is Perimeter Pest Control?

The idea behind perimeter pest control is to keep insects and rodents from ever making their way into a structure. By treating the source of the colony or nest and finding burrows of unwanted animals, there is a greater chance of avoiding a battle with these pests on the inside of your home or business. Treatment applied to the exterior of a building, including its foundation, lawn, driveway, landscape beds, patios, etc., will act as a barrier between your home and the annoying and damaging pests that threaten to violate and contaminate your personal space.


The benefits of perimeter pest control are plenty. Besides the obvious advantage of not having to deal with trespassing pests invading your home or business, perimeter defense allows you to keep the treatment chemicals outside and away from the areas you live or work in. It also works to eliminate a variety of pests without harming your lawn, flowers, soil, trees, plants, etc., and with it being an odorless, colorless application, you may not even remember it’s there (although it will continue to do its job day after day). Another convenience of perimeter control is the home or business owner not necessarily having to be around during the service, which makes scheduling an uncomplicated process.

Seasonal Scheduling

Most pest control companies will recommend perimeter treatments to be applied three to five times a year for year-round protection. This includes spring, summer and fall treatments since different pests are more prevalent at different times of the year.

Services Performed

Each company will vary in their services, but in general, perimeter pest control will involve sealing cracks or gaps in the building’s exterior, removing cobwebs, checking for screens on doors, windows and vents, reducing excessive moisture around the property, making sure firewood and mulch are not in close proximity to the structure and applying treatment to window frames, lighting fixtures, downspouts and a specified area of footage all around the foundation.

Effective Perimeter Protection

For the most effective perimeter control, there are a few tips for home and business owners to consider that will aid in the fight against undesired pests. Trim trees and bushes back away from the structure, keep a clean yard so there are less places for pests to hide, make sure outside trash cans are sealed and not overflowing and don’t allow consistent access to pet food. Following these guidelines along with executing a perimeter pest control plan will help you to see greater results in your war with pests.

A thorough perimeter pest control program can support you in achieving what most home and business owners would love to accomplish, which is never having to deal with a pest infestation inside their building.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from Northern California who has a special interest in home related topics. She loves to share information with the public via guest blogging and social media.

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