Four Tips for Starting a Pest Control Business


4 Tips for Starting a Pest Control Business

4 Tips for Starting a Pest Control Business

Starting a pest control business is a great idea. The pest control business is steady: there are always pests and there will always be people who want rid of them. Pest control businesses are relatively low cost as well, so you don’t need a lot of money to start one. With this low barrier to entry and the promise of steady business, there are a lot of people considering starting a pest control business. But even though the conditions for success are favorable, not any fool can just start a pest control business and succeed. You need some knowledge and acumen if you’re going to do well. Here are four tips for starting a pest control business.

  • Buy a Franchise

The first step in starting a successful pest control business is to buy a pest control franchise. Actually, that’s not true; buying the pest control franchise itself is probably the eighth, ninth, or tenth step. But deciding to buy a pest control franchise is the first step. Completely owning and running your own independent business might sound more romantic, sure. But this is the pest control business; who said anything about romance?

The truth is, your chances of financial success running a pest control franchise is about ten times as great as your chance going it alone. Buying a franchise gives you a huge boost. For one, you can benefit from the training and support of your franchisors. Second, your franchisors can offer you major advantages. Advantages such as: a protected territory ensuring you won’t have to compete with another franchise from the same business, access to discounted materials thanks to volume buying power, GSA certification allowing you to work on government properties, and a recognized and trusted brand name. When starting a pest control business, it behooves you to look for a franchise for sale that comes with all of the above perks. 

  • Get your Financing in Order

Pest control businesses are relatively low cost. But that doesn’t mean you can buy one on impulse. It’s still a business, so you have to figure out how you’re going to pay for it and manage the initial costs. As with any business, you can’t expect to make money right out of the gate. It takes time to build up your business, even when buying a franchise.

A good pest control business can cost you anywhere from $30,000-$85,000 in initial investment. Most people don’t have that kind of money sitting around in their checking account (though some do). If you don’t, you have to figure out how you’re going to finance starting your pest control business. Some pest control franchisors offer in-house franchising themselves.

  • Know your Location

Where do you want to start your pest control business? What is the climate like there? What kind of pests live in that area? Who are the problematic pests you’ll have to exterminate or manage? All of these are questions you should consider before starting a pest control business. Oh, and also make sure the pest control franchise you want to buy is available in your area. 

  • Contact Pestmaster

Pestmaster is looking for qualified individuals to buy our franchises all over America. We’d love to help you start a pest control business, so please contact us today.



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 of Lake City & Gainesville, FL

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

Barrett Alley | Pestmaster of Kingston, NY

We had options, but if we hadn’t decided on a Pestmaster 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 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. Joining the Pestmaster brand was an excellent choice for me and for the future of my business.

Chris Nelson | Pestmaster 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. 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 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 of Virginia Beach, Virginia
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