How to Start a Pest Control Service It would take a lot of commitment and marketing know-how when going the freelance route, but a healthy income is also guaranteed when going for a home-based pest control business. Majority of the people who run their own businesses for pest control usually get their start working for an established pest control services company. If you are currently working for another company, you should already know that the pest control job is not for the squeamish. Ranging from rats, roaches, mice, termites, and other pests, exterminators eliminate them in order to protect homes and businesses from further infestation. They set natural baits and seal off entryways or set traps with poison. They may have to fumigate entire businesses and homes while lecturing their clients regarding ways on how they can control pests better. Special consideration is demanded if you must use toxic materials on homes with children and curious pets.
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Pest control businesses are often a seasonal job. There may be a strong demand for controlling rodents such as rats and mice in the cooler months when they seek warm shelter and nesting places indoors, while in the warmer months in the Northeast, controlling yellow jackets, flies and carpenter ants may be stronger in demand. In order to help in generating a steady flow of income, offering monthly, quarterly, and/or annual pest control can be a big boost.
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How to start the business Startup costs for a pest control business can be a lot. 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. Name recognition and resources which are otherwise not at your disposal can be given to you immediately when you buy into a pest control service franchise. You may not have to necessarily agree with the franchising company’s practices or methods. Pest control business requirements Knowledge and some experience in pest control. A reliable vehicle that will enable you to transport supplies and equipment safely from place to place. Financial Security 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. Certification Contact your state pest control board for information regarding certification since pest control is regulated and find out what is required in your area. Trainee positions for those with little to no experience may be offered by some of the larger exterminating outfits and they also provide how-to advice.