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Housecall Pro is a cloud-based field service management app for service professionals to automate their workflows. This solution includes a native mobile app and complementary web portal and serves a wide range of industries, such... Read more
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Verizon Connect Work is a cloud-based field service solution that allows users to organize schedules, manage and track job progress and manage dispatching process. Office and field workers can receive job information and updates on... Read more
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Mobiwork MWS is a suite of field service solutions that features GPS tracking, inventory management, billing and invoicing, work order management, electronic forms, scheduling and dispatch and contact management. It offers cloud-based... Read more
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Service Cloud from SalesForce is a cloud-based customer service management solution that is designed to initiate customer service activities from anywhere. Built on the Salesforce1 Platform, Service Cloud works to centralize and optimize... Read more
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ServSuite by Service Pro is a cloud-based business management solution for pest control and lawn care companies. It features standard field service software capabilities, which includes contact management, GPS tracking and inventory... Read more
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PestPac, a WorkWave software, is a web-based field service management solution, offering unique, features to improve productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. PestPac is a scalable solution that can serve single technicians... Read more
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Visual Planning is a hybrid resource management and scheduling platform that helps businesses to manage their assets and day-to-day operations. The solution can be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud. Visual Planning offers... Read more
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MSI Data’s Service Pro is a cloud-based field service management solution for field service businesses in a variety of verticals including manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, transportation and distribution. The platform... Read more
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Trimble PULSE is a modular, cloud-based Field Service solution for midsize to large companies in a variety of industries worldwide. It’s suited for a service companies that specialize in anything from plumbing to property maintenance,... Read more
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Medulla Pro is a field service management solution for businesses of any size. The solution offers features for dispatching, scheduling, inventory, mobile reporting, work orders, parts, contracts, job checklists, field service tracking,... Read more
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ServiceVelocity is a field service solution that enables service teams to schedule jobs, access work orders, update tickets, find relevant manuals and knowledge bases and track inventory. ServiceVelocity securely connects information... Read more
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Verisae is a powerful global provider of cloud-based, SaaS software that helps large retailers automate their maintenance, energy, field service, and remote monitoring programs. With Verisae’s vx Field for Mobile Workforce Management,... Read more
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ServiceBridge is a field service management solution designed to help technicians both in the office and in the field manage their work orders, scheduling and dispatching, billing, and more. Franchise operations who specialize in lawn... Read more
ServiceMax is a cloud-based field service management solution delivering an integrated suite of applications for managing employees and customers. It is suitable for growing and small-scale businesses across various industries including... Read more
High Point GPS Tracking and Dispatch is a web-based solution designed to help companies coordinate and track their fleet of vehicles in real-time. Each vehicle is installed with a tracking device with a constant satellite and cellular... Read more
Jobber is a cloud-based field service and landscaping solution designed for small and midsize businesses. The solution offers features like scheduling, invoicing, a client database, quotes and more. The scheduling module allows users... Read more
Smart Service is an on-premise field service solution that includes billing and invoicing and customer relationship management functions, as well as pest control-specific functionality, such as the ability to track pesticide use. Read more
ScheduFlow by Duoserve is a hybrid appointment scheduling solution that helps users create, view and edit schedules in real-time. The solution allows users to set up customized calendar view that helps them to compare days' activities... Read more
Kickserv is a cloud-based field service management solution that provides small businesses, tools and functionalities, which help them to manage leads, estimates, team's schedules, jobs, invoices and payments. Kickserv can be tailored... Read more
eMaint X3 is a cloud-based Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) solution that features facilities management, work orders management, preventative maintenance, purchasing and inventory control, cost tracking and reporting... Read more
While field service software is a general category that spans a wide variety of industries and offers specialized tools and functions for each, pest control software focuses solely on companies that provide insect and rodent removal services to their customers.
While the degree of functionality does not vary by vendor as much in this category as with other types of field service software, understanding the needs of your particular business is an important first step when evaluating new software. It’s also important to understand the options that are out there—so we put together this buyer’s guide to help you get up-to-speed on the market.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
Pest control software is a specific type of field service software designed for use by pest management and control companies and their employees. This software assists with general business tasks, such as providing quotes and estimates to customers, and often supports invoicing and billing. But it can also include more industry-specific functionality, such as tracking pesticide use or even pest activity itself (more on this below).
The underlying theme of this software is that it offers users a unified system in which business owners can automate processes and track operations that are unique to their company.
Dashboard and mobile features in the PestPac pest control software program
The majority of products currently on the market include invoicing and payment features and appointment scheduling, along with varying degrees of customer relationship management (CRM) functionality, such as customer information storage. Beyond that, some programs offer users the ability to track the pesticides they use, or keep a log of insect and rodent activity.
While these features will differ somewhat from vendor to vendor, most software offers at least some of the following features:
|Billing & invoicing||Similar to the billing and invoicing functions found in basic accounting software, this helps automate customer payments and business purchases while minimizing human error.|
|Appointment scheduling||Allows users to plan out customer appointments in advance and cross-check employee schedules and availability. May include alert functions that flag upcoming, overdue or double-booked appointment slots.|
|Quote estimation||Allows users to draft estimated pricing quotes for potential jobs, taking into account variables such as property size and the amount of chemicals needed to treat a particular property.|
|Customer information storage||This basic CRM functionality allows users to store information and account histories for customers, so they can quickly pull up customer details and refer to previous appointments.|
|Mobile accessibility||Allows users to retrieve data from the main software system using devices such as tablets or smartphones. Offered by many vendors, given the nature of pest control businesses and the need for employees to access systems in the field.|
|Pesticide usage tracking||Allows users to track what types of chemicals they have used to treat a particular property, and how often. In some systems, may be included with customer account information, and can be referred to when scheduling new appointments.|
|Pest activity tracking||Generally utilizes traps and other devices to monitor the types of pests active in a property and how often they enter certain areas. Staff can use this more advanced feature to determine how to approach individual jobs and gauge the success of initial pest-removal efforts.|
Pest control software includes different levels of functionality, depending on what the user’s goals are. In general, the benefits of this software fall into one of two tiers:
Pricing for these solutions is dependent largely on the functionality they offer, as well as on the deployment model that is chosen. Deployment models include:
Web-based. This software is hosted in the cloud (online), on servers managed by the software vendor and is accessible using any device with an Internet connection. This is the most common deployment model for pest control software, and is an attractive option for small and midsize businesses due to the low cost of entry. Fees are usually subscription-based (known as “Software-as-a-Service,” or “SaaS”) and are charged, either monthly or annually, based on the number of users who need access to the system.
Given the nature of pest control, and the need for employees to access at least some aspect of the main system while at job sites or en route to appointments, the number of users who will be accessing the system is a significant factor to keep in mind when evaluating options.
On-premise. This is software that is hosted locally, on the software buyer’s own servers. Most on-premise software systems require the buyer to make a one-time, upfront payment for a license to use the software in perpetuity. Additional payments may be required for support, upgrades or maintenance.
While most pest control software is Web-based, on-premise solutions may be the right choice for larger companies with a large number of employees and/or clients. This is due in part to the issue of user access: A company with a large number of employees who all need to access the system may find more value in an on-premise system that only charges an upfront fee.
Because functionality can differ with these software packages, it’s important to keep in mind that added functionality tends to come at an additional cost.
For example, some basic software products may be competitively priced, offering the CRM features noted above—but they may not include capabilities specific to pesticide use or insect and rodent activity. For that reason, Web-based solutions with more advanced functionality can be a cost-effective option. The current software market offers a number of robust Web-based products, which tend to offer competitive pricing given the growing vendor landscape.