Exterminator Job Training & Education
A high school diploma or G.E.D. is all you need to start a career as a pest control technician. One of the greatest benefits of entering the pest control industry is the extensive training provided to you. Many pest control companies train new employees to ensure they are prepared for the job.
Exterminator Job Requirements
A valid driver’s license and clean background check are usually required. Other requirements of an exterminator job include:
- Communication skills
- Desire to learn
- Solve problems
- Manage time
- Attention to detail
- Conflict resolution
- Self-starters capable of managing their own day
- Reaching with hands and arms
- Climbing, kneeling, crouching, and crawling
- Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
- Vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception
Exterminator Job Responsibilities
Technicians are responsible for:
- Speaking with customers and genuinely listening to their concerns
- Conducting extensive inspections
- Problem solving
- Implementing exclusion methods
- Applying pesticides when and where necessary to eliminate pests
- Following product label instructions
- Utilizing baiting and monitoring systems
- Ability to work with office personnel and sales team
- Ensure strong customer service
- Follow up with customers as needed.
*Disclaimer: Exact compensation and benefits packages are at the discretion of individual employers. Data is provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and BLS.gov.
Pest Control Technician Job Description
A pest control technician’s role is to control or prevent pest problems. Beyond that, they should also build relationships with customers and educate them on reducing pest problems in their homes or businesses.
Exterminators are the first line of defense when it comes to pest infestation. People trust them to get to the root of their problem and keep pests at bay. Pest control is about helping people, not just killing bugs. Technicians make people’s lives better by keeping them safe from pests.
Pest Control Technician Work environment
Pest control technicians work in residential homes and many commercial buildings such as storage facilities, warehouses, restaurants, schools, and hospitals.
During a normal workday, you may be required to:
- Set your own schedule to complete a route designated by your employer
- Communicate effectively with customers about what their pest problem is and how you will solve it
- Use your ‘detective’ skills to identify their problem and provide a solution
- Use and maintain safety equipment including bump caps, gloves, goggles, respirators, eye washers, first aid kits, and spill abatement equipment
- Inspect, crawl and work in sub-areas, basements, and attics of structures
- Use EPA-approved pest control products and follow the instructions on the labels
- Understand integrated pest management (IPM) and use the appropriate methods to treat the pests
- Operate company vehicles, power sprayers, foggers, dusters, drills, vacuums, and a variety of common hand and power tools and other equipment
- Perform minor repairs on tools and related equipment as needed
Pest Control technician salary averages
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, exterminators make the following salaries on average:
- Average annual salary for pest control technicians is $37,950*
- Average hourly wage for pest control technicians is $18.24*
Wages for pest control techs generally range between [x] and [x] annually. Compensation may vary based on cost of living, credentials, abilities, and work history. Bonuses and other yearly rewards can also be included.
This position also has plenty of room for growth. Exterminators can earn more money by becoming a pest control supervisor, who make an average annual salary of $52,680. Beyond that, you could advance to a pest control service manager, who make an average of $85,490 per year.
*Disclaimer: Exact compensation and benefits packages are at the discretion of individual employers. Data is provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Pride & Professionalism
Pest pros are everyday heroes. The work they do touches millions of lives every day. In fact, public health officials attribute the quality of life we enjoy today to three things: better sanitation, better pharmaceuticals and medicine, and better pest control. Pest control professionals are not only protecting most people’s largest investment — their property — but their health as well. Learn more about working in this great industry!
Careers in Action: Massey Services
Interested in a career path that can quickly lead to a management position? Meet Cliff, Regional Manager for Massey Services. Cliff got started in pest control as a lawn specialist in 2011 and quickly rose through the ranks thanks to Massey's General Manager in Training program. With continuing education and on the job training, pest control provides everything you need to get started. Click to learn more about his story.