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Units as of 2020
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Serving the industry since 1983, Critter Control is one of the more popular wildlife control services in the United States. It began franchising in 1987 after seeing initial success. The company’s skillful professionals respond to various issues involving pests and nuisance wildlife every day, including raccoons, bats, opossums, rodents, and more. The Critter Control franchise has perfected safe, effective, and humane methods of resolving related problems for their countless residential and commercial clients over the decades.

Critter Control’s success lies in its team of biologists, highly trained and qualified wildlife control technicians, and, of course, its franchisees, who are the driving force behind the company’s exponential growth over the years.

Why You May Want to Start a Critter Control Franchise

Critter Control is a pioneer in the urban wildlife management market and has established a nationwide presence, despite its rising number of direct competitors. 

Franchisees may receive comprehensive support from the franchisor in order to help sustain them in their operations. From communications to marketing and more, franchisees will get all the help they need to start on the right foot and keep going.

The company is looking for franchisees with a preference for outgoing, results-driven applicants with experience in sales, marketing, management, or interest in wildlife management. It would help if the individual was motivated to perform in a highly competitive industry.

What Might Make Critter Control a Good Choice?

To be part of the Critter Control franchise team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment, which will include a franchise fee and other potential startup fees. Financing may also be available to qualified applicants through Critter Control’s parent company, Rollins Incorporated. They have also partnered with third-party sources to help with startup costs, equipment finance, and inventory finance. 

Aside from discounts given to active military and honorably discharged veterans, franchisees may also be entitled to the same privileges if they meet specific experience-related criteria. There’s no experience requirement, but any general experience in the field could be an advantage.

How to Open Your Own Critter Control Franchise

As you look at buying a franchise with Critter Control, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

After filling out the Request Information form, you will receive the company’s Franchise Disclosure Document. After reading the Franchise Disclosure Document thoroughly, the franchise application process begins. You will be oriented on the business while the team evaluates your credit and financial readiness to own a franchise.

Once everything checks out, the franchise team will assist you in local market planning and invite you to discovery day at their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, where you can meet with other franchisees. 

There will be an operations interview, and then you may sign the franchise agreement and pay the initial fees. The Critter Control team will then schedule you for training and assist with everything needed to set up your Critter Control franchise. Support, however, will be ongoing throughout your operations.

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Company Overview

About Critter Control

Industry Maintenance
Related Categories Pest Control, Miscellaneous Maintenance Businesses
Founded 1983
Parent Company Critter Control
Leadership J.C. Canty, Franchise Sales Manager
Corporate Address 2170 Piedmont Rd. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Social Facebook

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1987 (37 years)
# of employees at HQ 5
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states:

# of Units 107 (as of 2020)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Critter Control franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$54,875 - $91,900
Initial Investment Information Circle
$70,900 - $199,475
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
5% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
7%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
1%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
7 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing Critter Control offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Third Party Financing Critter Control has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 40 hours
Classroom Training 20 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
# of employees required to run 1
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes
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Updated: December 12th, 2022