Ah, the Canadian backyard; full of fresh air, beautiful scents and … bloodsucking mosquitoes!
They’re a pest and they can ruin a good barbecue. Not everyone wants to slather themselves in DEET and smell like a walking can of bug spray. Some people would rather get their yards mosquito-proofed instead and that can be big business for the right entrepreneur.
According to the Government of Canada, Exterminating and Pest Control services bring in an average revenue of nearly $300,000 and over 86% of them are profitable. That’s good news for anyone thinking about getting into the business of pests.
Mosquitos aren’t the only pests that you can help get rid of. Bed bugs are becoming more and more of a scourge in Canada as they show up everywhere from hotels to jetliners. As their creepy crawly population grows, anyone willing to step in and eradicate them can find themselves crawling in profit.
An infestation of any kind of bug or arachnid can be a big business opportunity for the right entrepreneur, especially one who joins a franchise and reaps the benefits of being part of a family of businesses all working toward the same goal.
What about our furry friends?
Bugs aren’t the only thing that can be a persistent pest in the summer. Squirrels in the attic? Raccoons under the deck? Birds in the chimney? Cougars in the living room?!? Sure, people could just politely ask them to leave, (or use telepathy in the case of the lady with the cougar in her living room), but most people will resort to calling a pest control business to take care of them. (Note that larger animals like cougars or bears should be handled by animal control officials if they do not leave on their own.)
Those smaller mammals and birds can be plenty pesky and pose a problem for homeowners, but they can also be an opportunity for a small business equipped to handle them.
Speaking of being equipped, when you join a franchise, you receive all the training you need to handle the critters that call people’s houses home. The franchisor will make sure you are properly trained and will often help you get any certification you may need to do the job. In most cases, you’ll also receive help leasing equipment and business space if you need it.
Something else you’ll get when you join a franchise is marketing support, as franchises want the entire family of franchisees to perform well so the entire brand is strong right across the country. There might even be some administrative support from the franchisor so you can concentrate on running your business.
Pest control and extermination also seems to be quite wide open when it comes to competition in Canada, with the federal government stating that there are fewer than 1,000 establishments throughout the entire country.
If your area lacks a pest control business, it could be a good idea to check into starting a franchise in this sparsely populated industry. Animals like raccoons are learning to adapt and live among humans in cities and that means looking for homes in and around human abodes. What can be frustrating for some people can be a source of ongoing income for you if you get connected with the right franchise.
Getting connected to the right franchise is exactly how FranNet can help you. If you are ready to take the leap into franchising, sign up for a free FranNet franchise search and consultation today. We would be thrilled to help you.