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. Working for an established pest control services company has enabled majority of those who run their own pest control businesses a good start in the field.
If you are currently working for another company, you should already know that the pest control job is not for the squeamish.
Exterminators protect homes and businesses from further infestation by eliminating mice, roaches, termites, rats, and other pests. They set natural baits and seal off entryways or set traps with poison. Ways on how clients can better control pests are also taught by the exterminators while fumigating entire homes and businesses. On homes with curious pets and children, special demand is taken into consideration if toxic materials are going to be used.
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Pest control businesses usually have a seasonal nature. There may be a strong and huge demand for controlling flies, carpenter ants, and yellow jackets in the Northeast on warmer months, while a problem in the cooler months would be rodents such as rats and mice would be reported often since they would seek warm shelter and nesting places indoors. Pest control packages for monthly, quarterly, and/or annually can be offered to clients in order to help generate a steady flow of income.
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How to start the business
Expenses for a startup pest control business can be significant.
You would have to look for a van or truck with equipment and chemicals. 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 reliable vehicle that will enable you to transport supplies and equipment safely from place to place.
Online advertising materials, a website, business cards, vehicle signage, and printouts in order to promote your services and business.
Solid skills in networking in order to develop relationships with residential clients, other businesses, and with suppliers.
Contact your state pest control board for information regarding certification since pest control is regulated and find out what is required in your area. The websites of a few of the most well-known exterminating companies have how-to tutorials and advice and also offer trainee positions for people who have little or no experience in pest control.