Pest Gnome ranks 2024’s Best Metro Areas to Start a Pest Control Business


April 23, 2024



Marking April as National Pest Management Month, Pest Gnome ranked 2024’s Best Metro Areas to Start a Pest Control Business.

Pest Gnome compared over 230 of the biggest U.S. metro areas based on five categories.

Pest Gnome determined the factors that are most relevant to rank the best metro areas to start a pest control business. Then, the company assigned a weight to each factor based on its importance and grouped those factors into five categories: demand, earning potential, statewide training programs, state requirements and competition.

For each of the 238 biggest U.S. metro areas, Pest Gnome gathered data on each factor based on the five categories. The company eliminated five metros lacking sufficient data in a single category, resulting in a final sample size of 233 metros.

Finally, the company calculated scores (out of 100 points) for each metro to determine its rank in each factor, each category and overall. A metro’s overall score is the average of its scores across all factors and categories. The highest overall score ranked “Best” (No. 1) and the lowest “Worst” (No. 233). Note: The “worst” among individual factors may not be No. 233 due to ties.

Check out the full ranking chart.

Top 5 Close Up

  1. Jacksonville, Fla. | Overall Score: 72.93
  2. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas | Overall Score: 69.79
  3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas | Overall Score: 58.16
  4. New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. | Overall Score: 57.64
  5. St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. | Overall Score: 54.85

Three Texas metros — encompassing Houston, Dallas and San Antonio  — finished near the top of the ranking with high demand for pest control services and numerous training programs for novice technicians. Residents of Jacksonville, Fla., have the largest demand, indicated by local Google searches seeking pest control providers.

Wages are highest among West Coast metros, like those encompassing Seattle (No. 54) and California metros San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (No. 93), and Santa Cruz-Watsonville (No. 201). Pest control workers in these three regions make over $25.76 per hour on average, per Pest Gnome’s findings.

The New York City (No. 4) metro has high earning potential and demand with the most common pest species — 89 — but also claims the most competitive pest control industry in Pest Gnome’s ranking.

Small metros in California and Georgia landed toward the bottom, with Madera, Calif., in last place. Places like San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, Calif. (No. 231), and Albany, Ga. (No. 226), have high hourly wages but already have abundant pest control workers per 10,000 households and low demand overall, per Pest Gnome’s ranking.

About Pest Gnome

Based in Austin, Texas, Pest Gnome is part of the Home Gnome family of home services websites designed to make it easy for consumers to find local home services professionals.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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