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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re like us you may have found FAQ sections on other organizations websites to be disappointing. Why? Because the answers are so vague you really didn’t learn anything. If you ask a question, don’t you want a solid answer? Here at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control we’ will provide a comprehensive level of information, refer you with a hyperlink to a well-developed article(s) or let you know we’re not prepared to divulge that level of information prior to you becoming a franchisee. Doesn’t that make sense to you?

We suggest you review our Educational Library. There are over 30 articles that will answer every question you may have as a potential franchisee and ones that will provide insight after you sign your agreement. We believe in being generous. Even if you don’t select us as your ultimate franchise, our only wish is that you become a great franchise operator – wherever you may land.

100 percent No! Enjoying animals is a plus. We are the wildlife experts - so you don’t have to be one. Our support team has vast experience in dealing with all type of animal behaviours and issues you may encounter. The franchise operator is meeting business and homeowners, animal proofing and engaged in business or people management. However, you will have fun and have a new adventure every day.
It is prudent for you to understand the basics of the business operation. It is common to work in the field for the first three months or so. However, to grow a multiple van operation you should work “on the business, not in the business” as Michael Gerber outlines in his book - “The E-Myth Revisited.”
Trapping and relocating animals does not work. Studies have found that Seventy -five percent of relocated animals do not survive. It’s not humane. In fact, studies indicate that in urban areas there are 50-60 raccoons in a square kilometre/mile & they move in once a den site is vacated. It is impossible to get rid of all raccoons, squirrels, skunks, birds, bats and mice in an urban setting - the animals will repopulate. The compromised or weak entry points on the building are the areas we will secure. Our system finds where the animals are entering and animal proofs the residence or commercial property. For a detailed explanation read the following article. Why trapping does not work.
After 28 years in business servicing over 100 municipalities we have found that every city has wildlife issues. Part of your franchise investigation is a market evaluation where we help you validate the nature of the current nuisance wildlife problem.
Our training, our experience and our thoroughness allow us to offer the lifetime guarantee. We have over 20 founder locations ourselves, warranty work usually is due to a new species or it produces new work and income. Care is always taken upfront to do the prevention work by the following motto - “do it once, do it right.”
As a mature business operation and franchisor we have a proven training method. It works. Ask our current franchises or review the wildlife technician videos. We hire for attitude, and train for skills. There are no schools that provide a pool of possible employees for our industry. This work is a cut above. It is unique, challenging and we hear over and over again from our own employees that each day presents a new adventure. No burger flipping, low morale or boring work environment.
Yes, we do encourage you to start out in a home office. For your expanding fleet of vehicles, you may want to consider an office. Employees do not have to come to a central office. The vehicles are moving billboards, so having your employees drive them to and from their home is a bonus for your advertising. The executive investor or empire builder may want to start out in an industrial warehouse/office location.
Skedaddle is a vehicle-based service business. Your Skedaddle wrapped vehicle is your office. Unlike brick and mortar retail locations, we do not need to take on expensive building leases. The key to increasing or scaling your Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control franchise is capacity. This means how much gross sale revenue can each service vehicle produce. A great question to ask existing Skedaddle franchise operators is how much does one of your trucks and wildlife technician generate. How big or how many territories do I need to have a multiple truck operation. See Question 10 as to why we have not answered that question directly here.
No, we do not have a slow or dormant time of the year. Yes, you can operate 12 months or 365 days of the year - if you so choose. Peak season is from March to November. They are actively seeking and using a multiple of den sites, which translates to more home or business incursions. When the cold weather sets in, mice, rats and other animals seek warm winter den sites such as warm attics and chimneys. We historically do more attic insulation remediation and attic repair work in the fall and winter. Why? The insulation damage that the animals caused in attics become obvious as the heating bills mount. A decision to put it off the repair when the animals were removed now become an urgent need.
The Federal and State government agencies that regulate franchising forbid it. The Franchise Disclosure Document, FDD for short, outlines in detail what information is permitted to be disclosed. If the franchise organization has detailed historical income and provable data, it is published in section 19 of the FDD. It is called an earnings claim. In reality, the best source of how much money one can make is gathered from existing franchise operators during validation phone calls. Further, if you obtain the information and make your own projections, you are more likely to trust those numbers.