To start a pest control business, you need equipment and chemicals, a license, insurance and transportation. As of October 2015, The Houston Chronicle lists the average start-up costs for a pest control business to be $10,000 to $50,000.
Generally, the essential pieces of equipment needed to start a pest control business are vacuums, sprayers, bait guns, foamers, and fogging and safety equipment. Safety equipment includes respirators and uniforms. Other necessary pieces of equipment vary depending on what type of pest control is practiced.
States require those who operate pest control businesses to be properly licensed. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, but typically involve a training course and an evaluation. Licensing costs vary as well. As of October 2015, these costs range from $150 to $300.
Once properly licensed, the next step is to acquire liability insurance for a pest control business. States require this type of insurance due to the risk of property or bodily damage that can occur during the regular course of a pest control professional's duties.
Some form of transportation is essential to get from job to job with the equipment in tow. Vans or trucks work best for this enterprise, as they come equipped with extra storage space.