I owned a Critter Control Franchise in Michigan for 12 years and it allowed me to earn, save and invest enough money to meet my goal of retiring at the age of 50. I learned that I could run a successful business with hard work and by providing excellent customer service while doing something that I thoroughly enjoyed.
– Rick Stanley (formerly CC of Ann Arbor, MI/retired)
Since 1982 Critter Control has been a leading wildlife control company. Critter Control offers a variety of services, including trapping, exclusion and damage repair, home maintenance, animal transportation, deodorizing, air purification, municipal animal control, and more! They serve both residential and commercial customers in a variety of geographical settings in over 100 locations in the United States and Canada.
In 2009, Critter Control became one of the first companies in the United States to offer Integrated Pest Management, a number of ecologically responsible pest management services, products, and methods. Integrated Pest Management not only provides services to control general insect pests but also addresses concerns about the environment. Critter Control, now a part of Rollins, Inc., continues to be environmentally sound and ecologically responsible.
Critter Control: The wildlife control leader that is setting industry standards
Critter Control has over 30 years of success in the pest control business. This success and longevity have earned their brand national recognition, as well as several awards and recognition. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Critter Control was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® as a Best of the Best Franchise in America. They were also ranked #35 in the 2013 Franchise Business Review Annual Top 50 Ranking.
Critter Control offers one week of industry-leading training for their franchisees, followed by ongoing consultations and support, in addition to a start-up package that contains many online resources, such as training videos and manuals. Critter Control believes that sometimes the best resource for a franchisee is another franchisee, which is why their partners are welcomed into peer support groups and annual meetings, fostering long-term relationships between and among the Critter Control company and their franchisees.
In 2014 Critter Control asked their franchisees a question. They asked, “If you had to do it over again, would you buy this franchise?” 98% of Critter Control franchisees said, “Yes.” Bundle that with an affordable startup and no real estate requirements, and we’re talking about a great option for franchisees.
I don’t know of anything else I could have done to make as much money as I have with Critter Control. For the last 11 years, my net income was between $150,000 to $200,000 a year. Six of those years I only had one truck on the road – myself, with [someone] running the office.
– Gil Patrick (formerly CC of San Jose, CA/retired)
The ideal Critter Control franchisee would be someone who enjoys the outdoors and is self-motivated. It is also preferred that franchisees are detail oriented and entrepreneurial. Any biology or pest control experience is helpful and preferred. Ownership can be semi-passive or active. Many franchisees start the business out of their homes, as most customer interaction is over the phone or in person and an office location is not necessary.
The investment range can be as low as $27,000. There are discounts available for multiple licenses and for veterans.
While there are other businesses offering urban wildlife management services, Critter Control was one of the first to lead the market in this niche area and they continue to be the clear front-runner in pest control nationwide. With decades of success under their belts, Critter Control offers franchisees the support and security they need to be successful.