3 Common And Costly Mistakes Made Setting Up A Pest Control Business

3 Common And Costly Mistakes Made Setting Up A Pest Control Business

Today’s post runs down the top-3 most common and costly mistakes we see start-ups make when setting up a pest control business for the first time. Find out how to avoid all 3 with Pestmaster Services.

Mistake #1 – Setting Up A Pest Control Business Without The ‘Big 3’ Services

Pestmaster Services was originally founded in 1979 by Jeff Van Diepen in the small community of Bishop California, and after an incredible first year in business, it was clear that we had developed a winning model that was focused on three major areas of service: pest control, vegetation management, and health related/vector control. These ‘Big 3’ services are still the foundation of the company today, and continue to drive business to owners across the country.

Though it makes sense to focus on niche markets and smaller service packages in certain industries (namely those where branching into other services is a high-cost endeavor), that’s simply not the case when setting up a pest control business. You need very little equipment to run a full-service pest control business; the difference between what’s required to offer vegetation control, vector control, and pest control is minimal. So as long as you’ve got the right training, there’s really no reason not to offer the ‘Big 3,’ particularly when there’s so much money to be made!

If the company you’re currently considering falls short in any of these service areas, it might be time to look elsewhere.

Mistake #2 – Setting Up A Pest Control Business Without A Website

In 2020, the Digital Age, it’s critical that you invest in building a strong online presence that includes a professional website and active social media channels. Studies show that between 70-80% of people research a company online before contact or visiting the small business in question.

Your website functions as a lead generation portal, a customer service desk, an online billboard or business card, and a primary branding tool for your business. Setting up a pest control business without one is a big mistake. That’s why Pestmaster Services helps owners create a website and manage social media marketing campaigns on their own, while also driving leads to local businesses via our national franchisor site.

Mistake #3 – Setting Up A Pest Control Business That’s Too Much, Too Soon

It’s critical that your pest control business grows with you. Don’t feel tempted to bite off more than you can chew with new hires and a fancy brick-and-mortar location in the opening months just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do as a business owner. Setting up a pest control business gives you the luxury of expanding at your pace, on your terms.

Take the Pestmaster Services model, for instance. We start most of our owners off operating their business out of the home, with minimal equipment and no salaried employees. From there, most owners build their businesses–and it usually happens pretty fast. But it’s never a case of “too much, too soon”–you only expand once you’re taking on more clients than your current operation can handle.

How To Setting Up A Pest Control Business With Pestmaster Services

Call 800-525-8866 to speak directly with one of our representatives or visit the Pestmaster Services website to learn more about our opportunity.



Pestmaster is both an innovative and environmentally sensitive pest management services provider. With a unique, progressive, and extremely successful franchise business model, Pestmaster professionals provide state of the art, scientifically-based integrated pest management solutions for the most challenging pestiferous problems. Pestmaster, a 21st century organization that is leading the way in the fast growing pest management industry.

Dr. Stuart Mitchell | BCE

I’ve been in the industry for years and I can’t tell you just how valuable the Pestmaster franchise opportunity really is. I have much greater access to identifying and getting potent government contracts with the help and assistance from the corporate office. We would not be nearly as successful as we are today, had we not purchased a Pestmaster Franchise.

Wayne Holliday & Tommy Houk | Pestmaster® Services of Lake City & Gainesville, FL

In today’s pest control business environment, we all need some sort of competitive edge and Pestmaster has definitely given us the edge we needed to set us apart from the competition.

Bart Van Diepen | Pestmaster® Services of Northern San Diego, CA

Pestmaster® has been the best investment I’ve ever made in my life!

Barrett Alley | Pestmaster® Services of Kingston, NY

We had options, but if we hadn’t decided on a Pestmaster Services franchise, we could not have gone from just one to several employees in less than one year of purchasing the franchise. Without the franchise, we would not have known about the high-dollar pest control services opportunities such as West Point Academy and we would certainly not have become the successful contract bidder that we are today.

Paul Alley | Pestmaster® Services of Kingston, NY

I owned my own small pest control business for six years before I decided to buy a national brand franchise. The amount of business I was able to produce in those six years was doubled in just my first year with Pestmaster Services. Joining the Pestmaster brand was an excellent choice for me and for the future of my business.

Chris Nelson | Pestmaster® Services of Salt Lake City, UT

I knew I was ready to start a business and looked for a long time but could not find my value-added proposition What could I do better than anyone else to distinguish me from the others in any industry? I have always been a technical person, so I was not confident in my ability to start a brand and market it. I also didn’t want to start from zero without help and support in my new adventure. For these reasons I looked into franchising opportunities and quickly found Pestmaster Services. They provided the value-added proposition, branding, marketing and support that I was looking for. The business model works and the people in the PFN will help you succeed.

Jerome Snyder | Pestmaster® Services of Central New York

The Pestmaster Franchise Network has enabled me to secure government contracts and group pricing with several vendors. The training from our entomologist and combined experience is incredibly valuable. It is a great network of knowledge, experience, and Camaraderie.”

Justin Kendall | Pestmaster® Services of Virginia Beach, Virginia

I would like to take a minute and thank you all for the incredible hospitality you all showed me.  You all contributed to a successful experience for me and I hope I can make you all proud by building a successful business in the mountains of PA and the suburbs of NJ.  Thank you again, this trip was a huge success and it would have not been possible without each and every one of you.

Tony Cuiffo | Pestmaster® Services of New Jersey & Pennsylvania

When we met with the franchisor, Jeff Van Diepen, we saw how involved he was with the franchises while also running some of the operations himself. Jeff was very in tune with how to run a successful franchise and was more than willing to put the time in to show that to the franchisees. I just can’t say enough about how Jeff and his team go to work each and every day to be better than the day before and how they bring that to the franchisees every day.


Alain Bernik & Tom Nelson | Pestmaster® Services of San Antonio, Texas
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