Occupation information for Pest Control Workers California


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: 11,100

Projected Annual Job Openings: 1,820

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.10 - $25.85

Typical Annual Salary: $37,650 - $53,770

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: 1 to 12 months 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
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Animal control traps
  • Dusters
  • Fog or mist generators
  • Hand sprayers

  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Cloud-based data access and sharing software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Word processing software