A Killer Business: Why Not Start a Pest Control Franchise?

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Originally uploaded on 31/10/2017. Updated on 29/03/2019.

The global pest control industry is growing all the time, comprising 40,000 different companies worldwide that generate sales of around $18 (£13) billion every year. While 50 percent of the industry is based in North America, the global market is expected to rise by five percent over the next five years as a result of factors such as population growth, urban development and climate change.

The pest control industry continues to thrive because it provides an essential service rather than a discretionary one. Pest control companies provide their services to residential and commercial properties, but businesses that discover a pest issue are particularly keen to eliminate it as soon as possible in order to avoid damaging their reputation. Pest control services are also vital in the food and drink sector, as an animal or insect infestation could spell the end of a business.

Independent pest control businesses have also benefited from recent changes to the sector. As little as ten years ago, many local authorities had in-house pest control units that delivered free or partially-funded services. However, government budget cuts reduced this funding, which has led many councils to reduce their services or stop them altogether.

In fact, according to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) only 20 percent of councils offer any sort of pest control service, a figure that represents a reduction of eight percent in the last year, and of 14 percent since 2012. Whats more, of the councils that do provide a service, only seven percent still offer free services a drop of 38 percent since 2012. As a result, most local authorities now use independent companies to resolve any public health issues, further boosting the revenue potential of independent pest control businesses.

Advantages of Starting a Pest Control Franchise

Alongside the general advantages of franchising and the advantages of working in the pest control sector that have already been mentioned, there are three primary benefits that pest control franchises can offer:

1. Consistent demand

Rats, bed bugs and cockroaches have no regard for the state of the economy. This is good news for pest control businesses, allowing them to enjoy the steady growth that a recession-proof business can offer. In short, there will always be people that need to get rid of unwelcome visitors, either in their business premises or in their homes.

2. Low minimum investment

In comparison to franchises that require a fixed business premises, pest control franchises can be relatively inexpensive to launch. A van and equipment will be the key expenses in the early stages, enabling business owners to get the company running in profitability within a short timescale.

3. Minimal marketing costs

Unlike with other types of businesses, you wont need to have a big marketing budget to promote your services - your professionally branded van will do the work for you. If youre visiting a customer in an area that is prone to pest problems, youll acquire new customers when they see your van in the street or tell their neighbours about your services. Being able to successfully penetrate the market without spending huge amounts on promotional activity is a major advantage.

Pest Control Franchise Opportunities Available

There are many different types of pest control businesses out there. Some aim to maximise profitability by specialising in certain categories of pest control, while others provide a combined service. Either option can be beneficial as certain animal groups cause a huge deal of harm; for example, termites cause an estimated $40 (£30) billion in damages per year, however, 60 percent of the market deals with rodent-based issues (Rentokil Pest Control Report 2018).

Whatever your preference, here are a couple of pest control franchises from the franchise directory:


Prokill is one of leading pest control franchises in the UK, offering a wide range of pest prevention and elimination services to both domestic and commercial sectors. The company was established in 2003 and the franchise model was born two years later. Now, with 20 franchises nationwide, plans to expand into Europe and a joint turnover of over £3 million, Prokill is on the up.

If youre a successful franchisee, youll attend a comprehensive seven-week training programme which is made up of classroom-based and practical exercises. The theory training will cover topics such as marketing, sales, promotion, customer service and how to operate the pest control equipment. Coaching then moves to more hands-on activities, including a mock run of a day in the life of a Prokill franchisee.

Once youre up and running, you can grow your business at a pace that suits you. Typically, youll start by managing your franchise from home. However, as your ambitions grow you can graduate to an office in order to manage a team of surveyors and technicians and take a more managerial role in the business.


For more than 30 years, Pestforce has been a globally competitive brand with 70 franchisees and over 100 vans on the road. Franchisees will receive an intensive training programme intended to educate recruits in both pest control and business management. When youre up and running, support is available in sales and marketing.

You don't need to have any previous experience in pest control or business ownership just lots of enthusiasm, a love of the outdoors and the ability to deal with insects and animals dead or alive! This is one of the most affordable pest control franchise opportunities too, with a minimum investment of £15,000. Whats more, you can work part-time at the beginning of your franchise journey, before deciding to commit to full-time hours when youre well-established. This will enable you to build your business around the needs of your family and other personal commitments.

Where can you find the right pest control franchise for you?

With the pest control market growing, the number of businesses in this sector is increasing. Of course, some are better than others, so prospective franchisees need to carry out thorough research to make sure that a company is a good fit with your personality, budget and ambitions.

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