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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:
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.
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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California State University - Fresno7.9%
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo7.9%
University of Phoenix7.9%
Utah State University6.3%
University of California - Davis6.3%
Texas A&M University4.8%
Sam Houston State University4.8%
Brigham Young University - Idaho4.8%
Michigan State University4.8%
Murray State University3.2%
University of South Florida3.2%
Miami Dade College3.2%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.2%
Utah Valley University3.2%
Eastern Connecticut State University3.2%
Community College of the Air Force3.2%
College of Southern Nevada3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Pest Control Workers||Excellent Pest Control LLC||NY||Jul 09, 2013||$45,500|
|Pest Control Workers||Calahans Termite & Pest Control Inc.||Brick, NJ||Nov 02, 2010||$35,187|
|Pest Control Workers||Callahans Termite & Pest Control Inc.||Point Pleasant, NJ||Jul 23, 2008||$35,187|
|Pest Control Worker||Pest Solutions. Termite & Pest Control||South Gate, CA||Feb 05, 2010||$34,999|
|Pest Control Worker||Pacific INTN'l Fumigation Inc.||Fullerton, CA||May 11, 2010||$34,561|
|Pest Control Worker||All Westchester Pest Control||White Plains, NY||Jul 09, 2010||$33,392 -
|Pest Control Workers||Pest Control Systems of New York, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 04, 2010||$31,952|
|Pest Control Workers||Envirex Pest Control & Protection Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 08, 2011||$31,000|
|Pest Control Workers||Envirex Pest Control & Protection Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 06, 2013||$29,474|
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