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The Pest Control Business

It would take a lot of commitment and marketing know-how when going the freelance route, but a healthy income is also guaranteed when going for a home-based pest control business. Majority of the people who run their own businesses for pest control usually get their start working for an established pest control services company.

If you are currently under another company, you should already know that the pest control work is not for people who have weak stomach.

Protecting homes and businesses from further infestation, exterminators eliminate roaches, mice, termites, rats, and other pests. They set natural baits and seal off entryways or set traps with poison. While educating clients on how they can better control pests, they fumigate entire homes and businesses. Special consideration is demanded if you must use toxic materials on homes with children and curious pets.

Pest control businesses are often a seasonal job. There may be a strong demand for controlling rodents such as rats and mice in the cooler months when they seek warm shelter and nesting places indoors, while in the warmer months in the Northeast, controlling yellow jackets, flies and carpenter ants may be stronger in demand. Pest control packages for monthly, quarterly, and/or annually can be offered to clients in order to help generate a steady flow of income.

How to start the business

Expenses for a startup pest control business can be significant.

You will have to outfit a van or truck with chemicals and equipment. As an independent business, you may be able to find suppliers with the lowest and best prices, but if you are a franchisee, you may be required to utilize certain products and but at certain vendors. Buying into a pest control services franchise allows you to immediately get name recognition and a lot of resources that is not otherwise at your disposal.

The methods or practices of the franchising company may not necessarily be agreed with.

Pest control business requirements

At least some experience in pest control and knowledge in it.

A vehicle that will reliably allow you to transport equipment and supplies safely.

Financial Security

A vehicle signage, a website, business cards, prints, and online advertising materials in order to promote your business.

Strong interpersonal and networking skills in order to create and develop a strong relationship with your business partners, suppliers, and residential clients.


Contact your state pest control board for information regarding certification since pest control is regulated and find out what is required in your area. The websites of a few of the most well-known exterminating companies have how-to tutorials and advice and also offer trainee positions for people who have little or no experience in pest control.
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