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Is It Hard To Start A Pest Control Business?

Is It Hard To Start A Pest Control Business?

Today’s post addresses one of the most common questions we get during franchise consultations: is it hard to start a pest control business? Spoiler alert: the answer is no, so long as you partner with Pestmaster!

Read on to learn more about the difference between starting from scratch and building a Pestmaster business, or call 800-525-8866 to speak directly with a Pestmaster representative.

Is It Hard To Start A Pest Control Business?

Pest control businesses can be run out of the home with minimal inventory and no additional staff, making it an attractive opportunity for start-ups.

But starting a pest control business on your own isn’t as easy as it sounds. Without previous training and experience, self-starters have to spend a lot of time and money learning the ins and outs of pest control, while also worrying about:

  • Finding liability insurance
  • Purchasing the necessary equipment and supplies
  • Advertising their grand opening
  • Designing their signage, and more

With all this to worry about, it’s little wonder that research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests up to 20% of small businesses fail within their first year. But it doesn’t have to be such a struggle—with Pestmaster, it’s downright simple, even if you’ve never even considered a career in pest control.

Our start-up package includes everything you need to launch your business, for a total start-up investment of $30,000 to $85,000. We connect all franchise owners with our national liability insurance program, offer major discounts on equipment, and provide unparalleled training and ongoing support. Most franchise owners open their doors for business within 3 to 6 weeks of signing the franchise agreement, and that’s without any prior experience or pest control skills.

Is It Hard To Run A Pest Control Business?

Beyond delivering pest control and vegetation management services in the field, running a pest control business involves:

  • Scheduling
  • Inventory management (e.g. purchasing pesticides, single-gallon sprayers, traps, bait stations)
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Bookkeeping
  • Personnel management (if you choose to hire additional employees)
  • Contract acquisitions (e.g. finding service contracts, preparing bids or proposals)

If you’re on your own, without any prior experience in these areas, all of these different duties can be a bit overwhelming. But with Pestmaster, it’s easy! Here’s just a few of the ways we help:

  • Pestmaster’s proprietary business software simplifies scheduling, inventory management, and other day-to-day operations
  • Save thousands of dollars every year in inventory, thanks to our exclusive insider discounts with top vendors
  • Pestmaster offers start-up marketing training and continuing education to simplify your campaign management and help drive sales year-round
  • Pestmaster’s training program teaches you how to close sales, while our corporate contract acquisitions department helps you secure high-value GSA Schedule contracts with government clientele
  • Bookkeeping is made easy thanks to our proprietary software, proven back-end training process, and 24/7 business coaching support
  • Personnel management is also covered in our training, but it’s completely optional, as many franchisees prefer to run single-person operations

Book A Free Pest Control Business Consultation With Pestmaster

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 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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