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The great thing about the pest control business is: you’ll never be without customers! Until they come up with a bug spray that will kill all the bugs in the world, you’ll have more work than you can handle. But to start a business in pest control or extermination, you first need a pest control license.

Who Needs a Pest Control/Exterminator License?

If you will be involved in applying pesticides, commercial or private, you need a pest control license. Here are just a few of the roles that require this type of health license:

  • Private pest control companies
  • Commercial exterminators
  • Pesticide contractors
  • Companies that treat wood for termites
  • Companies that inspect irrigation systems for chemigation
  • Pesticide container recycling companies

Requirements for Your Exterminator License

Every state has its own requirements for becoming a licensed pest control professional. Check with your state’s business licenses, permits & tax board to find out what you need to get your business license. More than likely, you will need to be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Next, you will need to take certain education courses or training to ensure that you know how to properly and safely apply all kinds of pesticides. Your local business licensing board can direct you to the appropriate program for this. You will need to pass a pest control license exam.

Your state may also require you to work in pest control a certain number of hours before you will quality for your pest control license.

When you file your exterminator license, you may need to provide other things, such as:

  • Background check
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Proof of passing the exam
  • Pest control license fee

Keep your exterminator license up to date and pay your fees on time to avoid penalty fees.