FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A Pest Control Technician

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Pest Control Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $48,608

    Average Salary

What Does A Pest Control Technician Do

Pest control workers remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, and termites that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Duties

Pest control workers typically do the following:

  • Inspect buildings and premises for signs of pests or infestation
  • Determine the type of treatment needed to eliminate pests
  • Measure the dimensions of the area needing treatment
  • Estimate the cost of their services
  • Use baits and set traps to remove or kill pests
  • Apply pesticides in and around buildings and other structures
  • Design and carry out pest management plans
  • Drive trucks equipped with power spraying equipment
  • Create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building

Unwanted pests that infest buildings and surrounding areas can pose serious risks to the health and safety of occupants. Pest control workers control, manage, and remove these creatures from homes, apartments, offices, and other structures to protect people and to maintain the structural integrity of buildings.

To design and carry out integrated pest management plans, pest control workers must know the identity and biology of a wide range of pests. They must also know the best ways to control and remove the pests.

Although roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, and termites are the most common pests, some pest control workers also remove irritant birds and other wildlife.

Pest control workers’ position titles and job duties often vary by state.

The following are examples of types of pest control workers:

Pest control technicians identify potential and actual pest problems, conduct inspections, and design control strategies. They work directly with customers and, as entry-level workers, use only a limited range of pesticides.

Applicators use a wide range of pesticides and may specialize in a particular area of pest control:

  • Termite control technicians use chemicals and modify structures to eliminate termites and prevent future infestations. Some also repair structural damage caused by termites and build barriers to separate pests from their food source.

  • Fumigators use gases, called fumigants, to treat specific kinds of pests or large-scale infestations. Fumigators seal infested buildings before using hoses to fill the structure with fumigants. Warning signs are posted to keep people from going into fumigated buildings, and fumigators monitor buildings closely to detect and stop leaks.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Pest Control Technician

State laws require pest control workers to be licensed. Most workers need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, usually lasting less than 3 months.

Many pest control companies require that employees have good driving records.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically the minimum qualification for most pest control jobs.

Training

Most pest control workers begin as technicians, receiving both formal technical instruction and moderate-term on-the-job training from employers. They often study specialties such as rodent control, termite control, and fumigation. Technicians also must complete general training in pesticide use and safety. Pest control training can usually be completed in less than 3 months.

After completing the required training, workers are qualified to provide pest control services. Because pest control methods change, workers often attend continuing education classes.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Pest control workers must be licensed. Licensure requirements vary by state, but workers usually must complete training and pass an exam. Some states have additional requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent, completing an apprenticeship, and passing a background check. States may have additional requirements for applicators.

Advancement

Pest control workers typically advance as they gain experience. Applicators with several years of experience often become supervisors. Some experienced workers start their own pest management company.

Important Qualities

Bookkeeping skills. Pest control workers must keep accurate records of the hours they work, chemicals they use, and payments they collect. Self-employed workers, in particular, need these skills in order to run their business.

Customer-service skills. Pest control workers should be friendly and polite when they interact with customers at their homes or businesses. 

Detail oriented. Because pest control workers apply pesticides, they need to be able to follow instructions carefully in order to prevent harm to residents, pets, the environment, and themselves.

Physical stamina. Pest control workers may spend hours on their feet, often crouching, kneeling, and crawling. They also must be able to withstand uncomfortable conditions, such as heat when they climb into attics in the summertime and cold when they enter crawl spaces during winter.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Pest Control Technician?

Pest Control Technician Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Pest Control Technician Career Paths

Pest Control Technician
Plumber Maintenance Supervisor Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Route Manager General Manager Service Advisor
Assistant Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Project Manager Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Sales Consultant Territory Sales Manager
Commercial Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plumber Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Internet Sales Manager
Customer Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Account Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Field Technician Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Maintenance Technician Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Account Manager Director, Inside Sales
Lead Generator
5 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Delivery Driver Laboratory Technician
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager Branch Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Route Manager Operations Manager Sales Consultant
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor General Manager
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Show More

Do you work as a Pest Control Technician?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a Pest Control Technician?

Pest Control Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

91.9%

Female

7.0%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

13.1%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.5%
Show More
Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.5%

French

7.4%

Portuguese

5.3%

Russian

3.2%

Japanese

2.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

German

1.1%

Chamorro

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Afrikaans

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Lingala

1.1%
Show More

Pest Control Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Liberty University

7.0%

Purdue University

6.0%

Brigham Young University

5.6%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

5.6%

American InterContinental University

5.6%

Utah Valley University

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Ashford University

4.7%

Vincennes University

4.7%

Pima Community College

4.2%

Delgado Community College

4.2%

Utah State University

4.2%

University of Florida

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Trident Technical College

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

2.8%

Auburn University

2.8%
Show More
Majors

Business

23.6%

Criminal Justice

12.0%

General Studies

11.2%

Computer Science

4.8%

Automotive Technology

4.7%

Information Technology

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Psychology

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Medical Technician

3.3%

Plant Sciences

3.2%

Biology

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Management

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Engineering

2.2%

Fire Science And Protection

2.2%

Music

2.1%
Show More
Degrees

Other

46.7%

Bachelors

22.3%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

2.4%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.2%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Pest Control Technician?

Have you worked as a Pest Control Technician? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Pest Control Technician.

Top Skills for A Pest Control Technician

Show More

  1. Pest Control Services
  2. Termite Inspections
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided pest control services to residential and commercial customers.
  • Treated customer homes or businesses for termite elimination-Termite inspections on homes and commercial establishments-filled in on pest services when needed
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Drive company vehicle to client sites to provide pest prevention services in a professional and safe manner.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders or gases into rooms, furnishings or wood, and over grasses and ditches.

How Would You Rate Working As a Pest Control Technician?

Are you working as a Pest Control Technician? Help us rate Pest Control Technician as a Career.

Top Pest Control Technician Employers

Jobs From Top Pest Control Technician Employers

Pest Control Technician Videos

Radiology Technician Education : Radiology Technician's Salary in Georgia

Related to your recently viewed content