Pest Control Worker

Pest control workers are often referred to as “exterminators.” They are known as the individuals who spray chemicals and release toxic gas to kill bugs in and around homes or buildings. They do in fact spray chemicals and fumigate outdoor areas and buildings for this purpose but they also work to rid areas of other types of pests rodents and vermin which often requires them to set various types of traps. According to the website pest control workers must inspect areas to determine what type of pest has infested the area and then they must determine the best method to eradicate the problem. Before the fumigation process can start and before traps can be set pest control workers must assess any damage that pests have already caused evaluate the area for the best trap or chemical placement and put on necessary protective clothing and equipment. If extremely dangerous chemicals will be used pest control workers must post warning signs so that people will not enter the area until it is safe. After the fumigation process is completed or when traps are full pest control workers often return to the scene to ensure that the pests are gone. In cases when traps have been set pest control workers must retrieve the trapped pest and either dispose of it or set it free in a remote location. The website states that pest control workers must have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED and they must also possess a license which requires the passing of an exam. Every state in the United States has its own specific licensing requirements. Pest control workers must be extremely responsible because they handle dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. The demand for pest control workers is expected to grow and the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average salary at $29889 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $29889
High Salary: $34889
Low Salary: $24889
Tasks: Inspects areas to determine the type of infestation.
Sprays chemicals to kill pests.
Sets traps.
Handles chemicals in a safe manner.
Also Called: Exterminator
Pest Technician
Insecticide Sprayer
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