If you want to start a business that will always be in high demand, a pest control business may be a perfect choice. After all, ants, mice, roaches, and wildlife such as raccoons and skunks are probably not going away anytime soon. Because of this, you will have plenty of customers needing your services as a pest control expert. Yet because this business is one that is highly regulated and complex, don’t assume you can just jump in and start right away. If you want to start a pest control business, remember the following facts.
Is It for You?
While a pest control business can be lucrative, take some time to think about if it is the type of business you really want to start. Along with being somewhat physically demanding, you may be crawling around some pretty dirty areas to help people get rid of bats, ants, mice, and other pests. If you don’t mind doing this and like helping others, pest control is for you.
Licensing and Training
Due to there being many local, state, and federal regulations concerning pest control, you will need to spend a considerable amount of time obtaining the licensing and training needed for your business. To obtain pesticide licensing, you will need to take classes on chemicals, equipment, pests, and pesticide laws. Along with passing an exam, you will need to renew your license every five years and submit paperwork to governing agencies on a regular basis.
You’ll Need Insurance
When you run a pest control business, you will need to make sure you have the right types of insurance coverage. Since you will be using different types of chemicals and equipment in homes and businesses, you will need business liability insurance at a minimum. Also, most states require pest control businesses to carry insurance, so keep this in mind.
Invest in the Best
Finally, be willing to spend a few extra dollars initially to get the best vehicle, equipment, and chemicals for your pest control business. If you don’t, you could find your business getting a bad reputation from the very start. After all, having equipment that breaks down in the middle of a job, chemicals that don’t work as well as you advertise, or other problems could sink your business sooner than you ever dreamed.
As you tend to other details when starting your pest control business, keep the ones discussed here in mind. By doing so, you will soon be a business owner who has customers clamoring for your services.