How to Start a Pest Control Business

How to Start a Pest Control Business

Today’s post runs down the 7 steps involved in starting a pest control business with a national franchise brand.

Read on to learn what it’s like working with Pestmaster Services.

Starting A Pest Control Business With Pestmaster Services

  • Step 1 — Explore the pest control market. Do your due diligence–you might be shocked at the pest control market’s demand and resilience. We’ve compiled industry facts and figures to supplement your independent research.
  • Step 2 — Get in touch with our team. Once you’ve had a look at our website, it’s time to introduce yourself to the franchise family. Call 800-525-8866 to speak directly with a Pestmaster representative.

A franchise development specialist  will walk you through the details of our opportunity and answer any preliminary questions you may have about our model, territory system, or training program. At the end of the conversation, we’ll review next steps and send you a pre-application confidential questionnaire.

  • Step 3 — Complete and send the pre-application confidential questionnaire. This questionnaire helps us assess your eligibility and get to know you a little bit better before we begin the mutual evaluation process.
  • Step 4 — Begin the mutual evaluation process (and check out the FDD). Pestmaster Services president and founder Jeff Van Diepen will schedule a conference call, during which you’ll learn about our brand’s history, vision, and company culture. Jeff will also share some success stories and industry statistics that we’re particularly proud of, then you’ll get a chance to tell your story. 

If the conversation goes well, you’ll receive a copy of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which contains further information about the franchisor’s history, business experience, past litigation, initial fees, earnings, and initial investment. We will also schedule another call to review the document together and address any questions that you may have regarding its contents.

  • Step 5 — Complete the final vetting and choose a territory. During this stage, you’ll complete the formal franchise application process, which includes background and soft credit checks.

At this point you’ll also begin the exciting territory selection process. We work together with investors to create a naturally agreed upon franchise territory in which you will enjoy exclusive Pestmaster franchise access to a healthy number of commercial, residential, and government customers. Territories are chosen to maximize your growth potential and minimize competition. You can view a full list of available territories here.

Once these processes are complete, you will be invited to our Pestmaster Services headquarters in Reno, Nevada. Here, you’ll meet the team, get a full tour, immerse yourself in our franchise culture, and have a chance to ask any final questions in person. Note that this visit is optional–but it’s a great opportunity to sightsee at the stunning Lake Tahoe!

Many choose to sign their franchise agreement at this stage, but there’s never any pressure put on you.

  • Step 6 — Start your franchise training. Once you’ve signed the franchise agreement and submitted all fees, you’re ready to dive into training.

Start-up training lasts for two weeks under guidance of President Jeff Van Diepen. For the first week, you’ll be at our corporate office in Reno. The second week is conducted on-site in your chosen territory. This streamlined training system includes all you need to get started with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), vegetation control, marketing, networking, office management, and vendor relations.

  • Step 7 — Realize your dream of starting a pest control business. Once training wraps up and pre-opening tasks are completed, your business is ready for launch. Most franchisees average 3-6 weeks to open from the moment they sign the franchise agreement.

Visit or call 800-525-8866 to learn more about our model and explore franchise opportunities in your area.



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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