Pest technicians help people keep their homes and businesses free of pests. Their duties include inspecting properties for infestations and recommending ways to eliminate them. They also provide preventative treatments to reduce the number of pests.
They work with clients and follow a schedule that is set by their employers. They schedule appointments and visit homes, buildings, factories, warehouses, and other locations to perform pest inspections and treatment plans. They use pesticides and other chemicals to control pests and their habitats.
Their responsibilities involve communicating with customers and listening to their concerns, conducting extensive inspections, implementing pest exclusion measures, applying the right type of product, and utilizing baiting and monitoring systems. Technicians must also conduct follow up visits, write reports accurately, and maintain their records.
Qualifications for this career require a high school diploma and specialized training from a pesticide regulatory board-recognized institution or center. This includes classroom and practical field training. It can be done at community colleges, technical centers, university extension pest technicians programs, or a special pest control training center.
During the training process, you will learn the basic knowledge of the biology of various pests and how to identify them. You will also learn about the different types of pesticides and how to apply them properly. You will receive a certificate of completion after you complete your training.
The EPA regulates the application of pesticides, so you must have a license to use them. You must also learn to follow all applicable state and federal regulations.
In addition, you must have a good driving record, as you will often drive your employer’s vehicle to treat clients. You must also pass a background check to ensure you don’t have any past convictions that would disqualify you from working as a pest control technician.
You must have strong communication skills and be able to explain complex ideas in simple terms. You must also have good interpersonal skills and be able to develop positive relationships with your clients.
Safety is a top priority for pest technicians, especially when handling dangerous materials and chemicals. This includes proper training in spray equipment and chemical safety as well as safe driving practices.
Some of these skills may be learned through on-the-job experience, but many must be taught in a formal education program. You can find pest control education options at many community colleges, technical institutions, and pesticide regulatory boards.
It is essential to have a keen eye for detail, as pest technicians must be able to inspect and examine all areas of a property to identify the source and extent of a problem. They must be able to spot insect damage, droppings, and other signs of pest infestation.