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Working As A Pest Control Technician

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  • 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

  • $43,000

    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.

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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.

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Pest Control Technician Career Paths

Pest Control Technician
Service Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Finance Advisor Relationship Banker
Branch Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Project Manager Business Developer
Business Development Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Operator Office Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Relationship Manager Client Relationship Manager
Client Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Realtor Appraiser
Franchise Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Route Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Service Manager Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Manager District Manager Regional Sales Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Electrician Foreman
Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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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%
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Foreign 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%
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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%
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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%
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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%
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Top Skills for A Pest Control Technician

  1. Pest Control Services
  2. Customer Service
  3. Termite
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage commercial and residential customer routes in Waco and surrounding/rural areas providing pest control services.
  • Work Independently in a timely and professional manner while providing excellent customer service.
  • Performed quarterly termite service on residential and commercial accounts.
  • Drive company vehicle to customers' houses or places of business which require a valid and good standing driver's license.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders or gases into rooms, furnishings or wood, and over grasses and ditches.

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