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How To Start A Pest Control Business And Hit The Ground Running

How to Start a Pest Control Business and Hit the Ground Running

Today’s post explains how to start a pest control business that hits the ground running. Read on for some pest control start-up best practices and discover the value of the Pestmaster opportunity.

Hit The Ground Running With Pestmaster

The first few years of business in any industry are “relatively volatile,” according to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 20% of businesses fail in the first year, while another 50% fold before the five-year mark.

But nobody researches “how to start a pest control business” hoping just to survive—you want to thrive! Here’s how to hit the ground running with your new pest control business:

Target Multiple Pest Control Services

In most industries, start-ups are told to focus only on services with high demand in the early goings. It’s good advice—investments must yield returns, especially in volatile year-one—but it’s not the best for pest control business owners.

Unlike start-ups in other industries, pest control business owners are spoiled by choice. Demand for services is up across the board–review our Industry Facts and Figures page to see for yourself–so it doesn’t make sense to limit yourself to a single service, especially with economies of scale in place.

But with Pestmaster, it’s up to you. Whether you want to focus on a particular set of services that’s especially in-demand in your franchise territory, or open up all revenue streams at once, our model can flex to fit your goals. And you’re never stuck–since the costs of adding services drop significantly once our business model is in place, you can effortlessly scale up or down to target different pest, vegetation, and wildlife control services as needed.

Control Start-up Costs And Expenses

The deeper the hole, the harder it is to dig yourself out. Controlling start-up costs from day-one puts the break-even point that much closer, minimizes risk during the volatile early years, and gets your business into the green fast. The Pestmaster franchise opportunity costs less than you might think (get full details on our start-up costs page). Moreover, our business model is lean, requiring minimal equipment, no staff, and no brick-and-mortar office, which drives down your risk and overhead, and all franchisees get significant discounts from our vendor network.

Reap The Rewards Of Franchising

When you partner with Pestmaster, you get a whole host of start-up benefits, including:

  • Proven business model
  • Valuable brand reputation–over 40 years of excellence behind your business
  • Volume buying power and discounted materials
  • Full training, support, coaching, and mentoring
  • Huge equity model
  • Recurring income
  • Protected territory to guarantee exclusive Pestmaster sales rights

How To Start A Pest Control Business With Pestmaster

  1. Call our franchise department at (800)-525-8866 or book online to discuss our franchise opportunity. A Pestmaster representative will answer preliminary questions you may have and review next steps
  2. Submit the pre-application questionnaire provided by your Pestmaster representative so we can learn more about you.
  3. Begin the mutual evaluation process. Start with a conference call with our president and founder, Jeff Van Diepen. Jeff will review our company history, lay out our value proposition, and answer any new questions that might arise. If you like what you hear, Jeff will send you a copy of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for your review. When you’re ready, we’ll schedule another call to review the documents together.
  4. Assuming both parties want to move forward, you’ll need to complete a formal franchise application, background check, and soft credit inquiry. Once everything checks out, you’re invited to visit the Pestmaster headquarters in Reno, Nevada, where you’ll get to meet the team, take a tour, and immerse yourself in our company culture.
  5. Sign the franchise agreement.

Once you sign the franchise agreement, our team leaps into action, setting up supports, contacting local vendors, building infrastructure, and creating territory rights to help your business hit the ground running. By the time your training program is complete (most owners finish in 3 to 6 weeks), you’ll be ready to capitalize on big local service demand using our established brand name and lean business model.



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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