How to Start a Pest Control Service
Going the freelance route would take a lot of commitment and marketing know-how even though a home-based pest control business has the capabilities to provide you with a good income. A lot of people who own and run their own pest control businesses usually started by working for a well-known pest control services company.
If you are currently under another company, you should already know that the pest control work is not for people who have weak stomach.
Ranging from rats, roaches, mice, termites, and other pests, exterminators eliminate them in order to protect homes and businesses from further infestation. They set poison induced traps or seal off entryways and use natural baits. While educating clients on how they can better control pests, they fumigate entire homes and businesses. Special consideration is demanded if you must use toxic materials on homes with children and curious pets.
Pest control businesses usually have a seasonal nature. There may be a strong demand for fighting and controlling flies, yellow jackets, and carpenter ants during the warmer months in the Northeast, while in the cooler months, when they seek warm shelter and nesting places indoors, rodents such as rats and mice are often a problem. In order to help generate a steady income stream, you can offer a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual pest control packages.
How to start a pest control business
Expenses for a startup pest control business can be significant.
You would have to create, look, or design a truck or van with chemicals and equipments. As an independent business, you would be able to find suppliers with the best prices at your own leisure, but as a franchisee, you may be required to utilize certain products from certain vendors. Immediate name recognition and resources not otherwise at your disposal can be given when you buy into a pest control services franchise.
Although, you may not necessarily agree with the methods or practices of the franchising company.
Things that you will need in order to start a pest control business
Pest control knowledge and at least some experience in it.
A vehicle that will safely and reliably transport all your needed supplies and equipment.
Materials to promote your business such as online advertising materials, vehicle signage, a website, and print outs.
Strong interpersonal and networking skills in order to create and develop a strong relationship with your business partners, suppliers, and residential clients.
Since pest control is regulated, it is best to find out what the requirements in your area are and to contact your state pest control board for information regarding certification. Websites of larger exterminating outfits may give you how-to advice and may also offer trainee positions for those people with little or no experience.
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