Starting a Pest Control Service Business Going the freelance route in starting a pest control service business takes a lot of commitment and involvement, as well as market know-how, and many of those who are now running this kind of business started by working for an established pest control service company. Pest control is into exterminating mice, rats, roaches, termites and other pests to protect homes and commercial establishments from further infestation, such that measures are used for the extermination, such as: setting traps with poison or natural baits or seal off entryways; fumigate entire residences and establishments and, at the same time, educating clients on how they can better control pests. The pest control service business is found to be seasonal in nature for reasons that some pests proliferate in a seasonal nature, like flies, carpenter ants and yellow jacket insects populate during warmer months in the summer season, and mice and rats are a problem lot in the cooler months, in which case, pest control services may be offered on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. To start a pest control business, you will have to consider the following requirements: pest control knowledge and experience in extermination process; certification; a reliable vehicle with vehicle signage to safely transport equipment and supplies; insurance; a website, business cards, print and online advertising materials to promote the business; strong network skills to develop and maintain suppliers and customer relationships. Applying for certification entails searching for information on requirements, and there are websites that offer this information, one of which is from the National Pest Management Association’s website, which also provides class schedules on pest control management and servicing.
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Having the right financial resources and equipment, putting up a pest control service business has its own benefits: job security, which can be confirmed from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows that demand for exterminators remain constant up to 2024; and the servicing tasks are simple matters, exterminating pests and follow-ups.
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If you’re starting this business on a freelance route, you have to realize that you’ll be competing with large franchise companies with their huge advertising budgets; therefore, provide a plan to convey to your prospective customers on your unique service proposition so you can compete competitively. It’s also good to know the risks in this business so you can be prepared ahead of time and make necessary measures, such as: if your business is home-based, there is risk of bringing pests, as well as carrying in harmful chemicals such that you’ll have to build a safe storage for chemicals and supplies which meet state and local requirements on proper storage; the risk of legal liability for misapplication of chemicals may result in injury or property damage; and work conditions will sometimes be unpleasant.