What does a Pest Control Worker do?
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.
Exterminators would apply the appropriate pesticide or other method, like traps to remove the problem. They may specialize in a particular area of pest and their titles and positions may vary by state. They often work in tight spaces that come in contact with rodents or insects and may need to work weekends and evenings.
How to become a Pest Control Worker / Exterminator
It is acceptable to become a pest control worker with a high school diploma or the equivalent. In addition, state laws require the applicant to be licensed which usually includes complete training and passing an exam. Some states require passing a background check as well.
On average a pest control worker (exterminator) begins as a technician and is given on-the-job training and formal technical instruction. Their studies often have specialties in termite control, rodent control, and fumigation.
A technician is required to complete general training in pesticide use and safety and training can normally be finished in less than 3 months. Because of the health risks involved with use of pesticides, the employees are well trained in safety and may wear protective gear.
Job Description of Pest Control Workers / Exterminators
A pest control worker (exterminator) has the duties of traveling to sites that have possible insect or recent infestation and perform inspections to determine the problem and type of treatment needed to eliminate the pests. Techs would measure the dimensions of the area that is infested and give a cost estimate of their services.
Because the structural integrity of a building may be at risk, a pest control worker would need to design and carry out integrated pest control plans. They may need to create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building and apply pesticides or traps to remove or kill unwanted pests.
A pest control worker may need to remove or kill a variety of bugs or animals, to include bedbugs, roaches, termites, ants, rats, irritant birds, 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 only use a limited range of pesticides, identifies pest problems, controls inspections, designs control strategies, and works directly with the client.
The second worker is an applicator, who uses a wide range of pesticides and might specialize in a particular area of pest control, such as termites control technicians, that use chemicals and modify structures to eliminate termites and prevent future infestations and possibly repair structural damage done by termites.
The other applicator is a fumigator that uses gases to treat specific kinds of pests or large-scale infestations.