How to Start a Pest Control Business

person sprayingThe pest control business in America generates revenues totaling $14 billion a year and has had an annual growth rate of 4.99 percent from 2011-2016.

To start your own pest control service, you’ll need to apply for a license and pass a test to prove your ability to apply chemicals and other methods to property exterminate pests.

Depending on where you live, some pests are more common than others.

After starting a pest control business, you’ll need to market it. Be sure to take the needs of your community into consideration when marketing your services.

Ready to start your own Pest Control Company?

If so, continue reading this piece so that you’re well equipped.

Determine Your Services

Typical pest control services can include annual preventative measures for rodents and bugs using traps and chemicals, as well as pest inspection.

Specific services can include extermination of cockroaches, ants, bees, spiders, rats, mice, and snakes. You should try to provide a range of services based on your community’s needs so you can reach as many customers as possible.

Get the Necessary Licenses and Permits

Apply for a license for your pest control business. Failure to do so may result in heavy fines or, worse, the closure of your business.

If forming a partnership, corporation, or limited company, register your business with the office of the secretary of state. Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) to use on your company and tax forms via the IRS.

Lease Commercial Space or Build a Home Office

Find the right business location through a commercial real estate agent. Get in touch with the local housing and zoning office to find out if you can keep chemicals at home before starting your business from home.

Buy company vehicles to transport equipment and staff. Buy pest control equipment, like traps, chemicals, chemical sprayers, and little cages if you’re moving reptiles or small animals.

Buy Insurance and Bonding

Apart from obtaining a license, you must invest in other costs related to starting a pest control business. Pest control boards in all states require that you buy insurance and bonding.

If you feel that insurance costs are too high, you can cut other costs by working from home.

You’ll still need to invest in pest control equipment, such as bait guns, dusters, and sprayers.

Marketing Your Services

You can promote your pest control service in lots of ways. Try word-of-mouth advertising by giving discounts to all referrals that pay for a pest inspection or treatment.

Put your company’s logo on the company van and list all your services. When parked outside a home for an inspection or treatment call, neighbors might notice this sign and decide to hire you.

Keep your social media accounts and website up-to-date with information on how to handle pests. Offer treatment coupons to drive more customers to your business.

Summing Up

Overall, starting your own pest control business can be quite a profitable venture which can easily generate handsome profits annually.

For additional information about starting a pest control service, contact us. We’d be more than happy to guide you.

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