Join the $1bn pest control sector and be your own boss

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2020 View comments

If you’re looking for a business with potential, look at the pest control options in franchising. Analysis firm IBISworld values the Australian market at $1 billion, revenue generated by the 3,366 firms operating in the sector.

You could be part of the solution with your own business, providing a service that eradicates pests and gives customers peace of mind.

And if you want to stand out among these three-thousand-plus businesses, an established franchise offers the backing of existing systems, a recognised brand name and ongoing support.

Here are two brands who know how it’s done.

Pest Control Australia

This business works to rid businesses and homes of all kinds of pest infestations, and is a specialist in eradicating and preventing termites.

For 40 years it has traded as Pest Control Queensland, and just this year has packaged all the experience and skills honed over those four decades into a franchise business model.

The franchisor assists with back-end management, leaving franchisees free to build their business. There’s the potential to take on multiple franchises and on-sell them.

Total cost to invest in a business is between $60,000 and $90,000 for a five year term with two options to renew.

Initially there are 25 territories available across the sunshine state, with plans to build a national footprint once the home base is well established.

Creepy Crawly Pest Control

Operating in Queensland and New South Wales, Creepy Crawly Pest Control has been franchising since 2004 but started in business in 1976.

Creepy Crawly Pest Control | Inside Franchise Business

Creepy Crawly Pest Control | Inside Franchise Business

The family-run firm provides franchisees with marketing and SEO support to garner leads, and in-house products and systems that can boost profit margins.

Franchisees deliver services such as insect and rodent control, pre-construction termite barriers and pre-purchase termite inspections for commercial and residential clients.

Expect to pay above $30,000 for a franchise, which has a five-year term and ongoing options. You’ll need to add in cost of a vehicle and licensing fees.

The franchisor is an RTO pest control training provider.