How Much Does It Cost To Start A Pest Control Business?

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Pest Control Business?

MarketWatch says the future is bright for the pest control industry, predicting growth at a CAGR of over 5% through 2023. But how much does it cost to get a piece of that pie in 2020-2021?

Today’s post compares the cost and long-term value of starting a pest control business on your own versus starting a Pestmaster franchise. Read on or call 800-525-8866 to speak with a Pestmaster representative straight away.

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Pest Control Business On My Own?

First, let’s take a look at the costs of starting your own pest control business from scratch.

“Although you can technically start a pest control business from your home, you’ll still need the equipment and supplies necessary to do your job,” writes author Stephanie Faris in a start-up guide for Small Business Chron. “All told, you can expect to spend at least $10,000 on a pest control startup, with costs as high as $50,000.”

Faris’ estimate is accurate for self-starters, but it fails to factor in several other unavoidable expenses, including:

Furthermore, Faris’ estimate assumes the start-up already has all the training they need to operate a pest control business. If you require additional training in marketing, business administration, management, pesticide applications, or sales, your total start-up expenses will increase.

Still, even when you factor in these hidden costs, starting a pest control business is still extremely affordable, totalling only a fraction of what you’d pay to start a fast-food franchise or brick-and-mortar shop. However, these low entry barriers are a bit of a double-edged sword—on the one hand, it’s great for start-ups trying to hit the break-even point ASAP, but it also increases competitive pressures at the entry level.

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Pestmaster Franchise?

Starting a pest control business as a Pestmaster franchise owner costs between $30,000 and $85,000. This investment includes everything you need to start your business, from single-gallon sprayers and signage to training and marketing materials.

But while the cost may be comparable to independent start-up, that’s where the similarities end. Because while self-starters struggle to overcome new challenges, learn on the job, distinguish themselves from competitors, and win contracts in the early goings, Pestmaster franchise owners are confidently closing sales from day-one, thanks to the following competitive advantages:

  • An authoritative brand name with a 40+ year track record of success
  • Proprietary software that makes running day-to-day operations easier, helping you route, schedule, and maintain your accounts receivable
  • A dedicated contract acquisition team to help you win valuable GSA Schedule contracts with government clients
  • Top-tier training and ongoing coaching
  • National marketing campaigns running in conjunction with local advertising
  • Streamlined start-up process, allowing most owners to open their doors within 3-6 weeks of signing the franchise agreement

We also increase return on investment by helping new franchise owners control their start-up costs in several ways, such as:

  • Pestmaster’s nationwide liability insurance policy, which offers the best coverage at the best rates
  • Discounts on equipment and pest control trucks/fleet vehicles
  • Thousands of dollars in savings offered to military veterans, qualified disabled veterans, and existing pest control owners who are converting their business

In short, Pestmaster is a fantastic option for start-ups, offering serious competitive advantages, invaluable support, and thousands of dollars in potential savings, all for almost the same amount you’d pay to build a business from scratch.

Start A Free Consultation To Learn More About The Pestmaster Opportunity

Visit the Pestmaster Contact Page or call 800-525-8866 to set up an appointment with a member of our team.





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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