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The Pest Control Business

Going the freelance route would take a lot of commitment and marketing know-how even though a home-based pest control business has the capabilities to provide you with a good income. Working for an established pest control services company has enabled majority of those who run their own pest control businesses a good start in the field.

You already know that the pest control work is not for people who have a weak stomach if you are working for another company.

Exterminators protect homes and businesses from further infestation by eliminating mice, roaches, termites, rats, and other pests. They set natural baits and seal off entryways or set traps with poison. Ways on how clients can better control pests are also taught by the exterminators while fumigating entire homes and businesses. On homes with curious pets and children, special demand is taken into consideration if toxic materials are going to be used.

Pest control businesses are often a seasonal job. There may be a strong demand for fighting and controlling flies, yellow jackets, and carpenter ants during the warmer months in the Northeast, while in the cooler months, when they seek warm shelter and nesting places indoors, rodents such as rats and mice are often a problem. 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 pest control business

The expenses may be significant for startup pest control business.

You would have to look for a van or truck with equipment and chemicals. 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.

You may not have to necessarily agree with the franchising company’s practices or methods.

Things that you would be requiring in order to start a pest control business

Knowledge and some experience in pest control.

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


Materials to promote your business such as online advertising materials, vehicle signage, a website, and print outs.

Strong communication and networking skills in order to create a bond with your residential clients, business partners, and suppliers.


Since pest control is regulated, it is best to find out what the requirements in your area are and to contact your state pest control board for information regarding certification. 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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