Pest Control Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8.5% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Pest Control Workers Do

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Other Job Titles Pest Control Workers May Have

Certified Pest Control Technician, Commercial Pest Control Technician, Exterminator, Pest Control Applicator, Pest Control Chemical Technician, Pest Control Operator, Pest Control Technician, Pest Technician, Residential Pest Control Technician, Termite Technician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Owner of Pest Control Company ,

Newsome Pest Control

First it would be the night before work calling my customers for the next day setting up my schedule. Then getting ready for the day in the morning, making sure I have my truck ready. My day consists of riding around my local area from house to house or business or church spraying the inside and outside of establisments to rid them of pests. Seeing wonderful people and talking to them.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Record work activities performed.
  • Inspect premises to identify infestation source and extent of damage to property, wall, or roof porosity and access to infested locations.
  • Recommend treatment and prevention methods for pest problems to clients.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders, or gases into rooms, onto clothing, furnishings, or wood, or over marshlands, ditches, or catch basins.
  • Clean work site after completion of job.

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