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Pest Control Workers

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

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Currently Employed: 10,200

Projected Annual Job Openings: 1,480

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.93 - $26.65

Typical Annual Salary: $33,100 - $55,400

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure area to be fumigated.
  • 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.
  • Drive truck equipped with power spraying equipment.
  • Measure area dimensions requiring treatment, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.
  • Study preliminary reports or diagrams of infested area and determine treatment type required to eliminate and prevent recurrence of infestation.
  • Set mechanical traps or place poisonous paste or bait in sewers, burrows, or ditches.

tools & technology

  • Animal control traps
  • Dusters
  • Fog or mist generators
  • Hand sprayers
  • Sprayers

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
  • Office suite software
  • Project management software
  • Word processing software