How to Launch Your Own Pest Control Business in 2019 | Pestmaster Franchise


How to Launch Your Own Pest Control Business in 2019

How to Launch Your Own Pest Control Business in 2019

The pest control industry has the potential to provide you with a healthy return on your investment. But that doesn’t mean building a successful pest control business on your own is going to be easy. In fact, the self-starter process is fraught with difficulty, even for pest control veterans. Starting a pest control business franchise might be a better option.

With that in mind, today’s post compares what’s involved in launching a pest control business franchise to the conventional start-up process, as described in Ron Dicker’s The Balance: Small Business article, “How to launch your own pest control business.”

Read on to find out which route is right for you!

Starting a home-based pest control business on your own

For self-starters, home-based businesses are recommended, since you can cut out the rent and overhead needed to open a brick-and-mortar office.

As Dicker (2018) writes, “going the freelance route takes commitment and marketing know-how.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In his list of “Things You’ll Need to Start a Pest Control Business,” Dicker includes:

Pest control knowledge and experience.  This means newcomers and first-time investors are out, unless they’re willing to invest time and money in their education.

Insurance. When you start solo, the onus is on you acquire all necessary insurance and paperwork.

A website, vehicle signage, business cards, and print and online advertising materials to promote your business. Dicker rolls a lot into a single bullet point–acquiring all your signage, advertising materials, and website is no small task. It involves a ton of market research, technical learning (e.g. backend website management skills), and ad design. And of course, that all costs money.

Strong networking skills to develop relationships with suppliers. As an independent, the first step involves locating suppliers online via directories or through ground-level networking. This can take a considerable amount of time–especially if you’re trying to find vendors willing to give you a deal–and the process will vary depending on your region and local vendor network.

Certification. Pest control is regulated, so you need to contact your state pest control board for certification information and to find out what’s required in your local area. The National Pest Management Association is a good place to find certification classes and tips.

Acquiring these skills, materials, and certifications could take years. And all the while, you’re stuck spending money instead of making it.

The self-starter model might pay off over the long haul for those who already have pest control business experience, but there’s a better option.

A smarter alternative: Launching a pest control business franchise

There are many advantages to starting a pest control business franchise.

“Buying into a pest control services franchise gives you immediate name recognition and resources not otherwise at your disposal,” Dicker writes. Pestmaster is a “Top 100” pest control company with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry and national brand recognition.

Pestmaster also offers:

Access to a proven system with systems and procedures in place from day-one to ensure profit, growth, and success;

Top-tier training, which includes operational training, marketing and web management, pest control certifications, human resources assistance and mentoring, assistance with state licensing, and more;

Discounted supplies via GSA schedules;

Protected territories with First RIght of Refusal for surrounding locations;

Major networking opportunities at our annual meetings with industry professionals;

You get all this support for a surprisingly low start-up price. According to Dicker (2018), the average pest control business franchise start-up will cost about $200,000, but the Pestmaster pest control business franchise opportunity is available for $30,000 to $85,000, which includes the Franchise Fee and a big chunk of working capital that you retain to cover shortfalls and emergencies in the early goings.

Learn more about starting a pest control business franchise

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Dicker, R. (2018, August 29). How to launch your own pest control business. The Balance: Small Business. Retrieved from



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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