Pest Control Business Start Up Costs and Profitability in 2019

Pest Control Business Start Up Costs and Profitability in 2019

Thinking about starting a pest control company with Pestmaster?

Today’s post is for you.

Read on for a simplified break down of pest control business startup costs, profitability, and available discounts.

Pest Control Business Startup Costs

Your total initial investment will be between $30,000 and $85,000, which includes the franchise fee.

The standard franchise fee is $42,500, but there are ways to save money on your open rate. Pestmaster offers the following discounts:

  • Military Veterans save $5000. Pestmaster is proud to offer discounts to those responsible for protecting our freedom. Honorably discharged veterans looking to start their own pest control franchise pay only $37,500 in franchise fees.
  • Qualified Disabled Veterans save $7000. Pestmaster is proud to honor the sacrifice of America’s military personnel by offering an additional $2000 discount for qualified disabled veterans on top of the standard $5000 discount for men and women who have served.
  • Existing Pest Control business owners save $12,500. Though some pest control franchises charge greenhorns and pest control veterans the same price, our pest control business start up costs reflect your existing skills as well as the groundwork you’ve laid.If you already own a business and are looking to convert your existing company into a Pestmaster franchise, you can save a lot of money up front!
  • Pestmaster Franchisees expanding into new territories save $21,250. Business is booming and you’re ready to open another location. Good news: your franchisefee gets cut in half!

Beyond these discounts, there are also plenty internal decisions you can make to lower your pest control business start up costs. For example, some franchisees join with the intention of being semi-absentee owners who rely mostly on the work of licensed individuals. Because of the extra overhead required to retain a full-time staff, these businesses will inherently cost more to launch and operate. In contrast, some franchisees intend to run “one-man operations,” which puts their pest control business start up costs on the lower end of the spectrum.

In addition to the franchise fee, Pestmaster Franchisees are expected to have $20,000 to $30,000 on-hand as working capital when launching their business. This liquid cash requirement works as a safety net in case of shortfalls or emergencies in the early goings.

Pest Control Business Start Up Costs versus Profitability

Though individual franchise profits vary, there’s no arguing that the pest control industry is highly profitable. According to Specialty Consultants Research, the U.S. structural pest control market is predicted to reach $10-billion next year!

And Pestmaster supports your profitability in this booming industry in a number of ways:

  • Established brand name. We have a strong local and national reputation, and this brand recognition drives customers to your business.
  • Purchasing power. Pestmaster franchisees enjoy buying discounts for materials, equipment, and vehicles, which helps your bottom line in a big way.
  • Marketing assistance. We help you identify advertising goals, create a budget, and implement high-performance marketing campaigns across various mediums.
  • Top tier training and ongoing coaching. We make sure every Pestmaster franchise offers top of the line pest control treatment and customer service. In this way, we keep our brand reputation intact and maintain your competitive advantage over other companies.
  • Streamlined start-up process. Using our proven system, you start generating a return on your investment fast. Typically, it takes 3-6 weeks to get a Pestmaster franchise up and running, 2 of which are spent in training.

For a complete breakdown of our pest control business startup costs and profitability, click here 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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