It takes a lot of commitment and involvement, as well as market know-how to take the freelance route in starting a pest control service business, since many of those who are now running this kind of business started by working for an established pest control service company.
The purpose of pest control is mainly to protect homes and commercial establishments from further infestation by exterminating mice, rats, roaches, termites and other pests, using measures 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. Since 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, this indicates that pest control servicing have a seasonal demand, and, therefore, services can be provided on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
In putting up a pest control service business, there are important business requirements to prepare before starting operation: 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 and, notwithstanding, the need to study its feasibility and market study on its viability. Look for certification information on requirements, which will entail enrolling for classes on pest control, from the National Pest Management Association’s website, so this requirement may be fulfilled.
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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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Be prepared for a plan to convey to your prospective customers on your unique service proposition so you can compete competitively, if you’re competing with large franchise companies that can easily promote their business with their huge advertising budgets.
Business risks are part of a business activity and, therefore, it’s good to know what are possible risks that may happen in starting a pest control service business so you can make the 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.