Pest Control or Exterminator

A pest control worker is sometimes referred to as an..

Pest Control or Exterminator

What does a Pest Control or Exterminator do?

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A pest control worker is sometimes referred to as an exterminator and goes to a clients’ workplace or residence to inspect for possible infestations of insects or rodents such as termites, rats, roaches, ants, or other unwanted pests.

Pest control workers apply the appropriate pesticide or use other various methods to get rid of infestations. They may specialize in a particular area of pest and their titles and positions may vary by state. They often work in tight spaces and come in contact with rodents or insects.

How to Become a Pest Control Worker / Exterminator

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A pest control worker must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, state laws require the applicant to be licensed which usually includes completing a training and passing an exam. Some states require passing a background check as well.

On average a pest control worker (exterminator) begins as a assistant and is given on-the-job training and formal technical instruction by an experienced professional already working in the field. Their training and studies include specialties in termite control, rodent control, and fumigation.

A pest control worker is also required to complete general training in pesticide use and safety. This training can normally be finished in less than 3 months. Due to the health risks involved with use of pesticides you are well trained in safety and may wear protective gear when treating infested areas or residential buildings.

Job Description of Pest Control Worker / Exterminator

A pest control worker (exterminator) travels to sites that have possible insect or recent infestation. They perform inspections to determine the problem and type of treatment needed to eliminate the pests. They also measure the dimensions of the area that is infested and give a cost estimate of their services.

At times the structural integrity of a building may be at risk, therefore a pest control worker would need to design and carry out integrated pest control plans. They create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building and apply pesticides or traps.A pest control worker may need to remove or kill a variety of bugs or animals to include bedbugs, roaches, termites, ants, rats, bats, or other wildlife.

There are two types of pest control workers and their titles and positions vary according to each state. One is a pest control technician, which can only use a limited range of pesticides, identify pest problems, designs control strategies, and work directly with the client to come up with solutions.

The second worker is an applicator, who uses a wide range of pesticides and might specialize in a particular area of pest control. An example is a termites control technician; they use chemicals and modify structures to eliminate termites and prevent future infestations and possibly repair structural damage done by termites. Another applicator is a fumigator; this person uses gases to treat specific kinds of pests or large-scale infestations.

Pest control workers are employed full time and often work overtime. They are required to work indoors and outdoors to to the nature of their work. They work weekends and evening as well to meet their clients demands and schedules. As mentioned above they are exposed to chemicals, therefore often wear protective gear such as respirators, gloves, and goggles while performing their job. In addition they work in small spaces and must be able to bend, crawl, and kneel regularly.


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