Pesticide technicians take steps to control pests in fields, landscaping, commercial buildings and personal residences. They are ultimately responsible for working with customers to identify the pest causing a problem, create a plan to exterminate the pest and apply the appropriate pesticides (a substance intended for preventing, removing or destroying pests such as insects or rodents). There is also opportunity for this role to be specialized in certain areas such as rodent control, termite control, general pest control, fumigation (applying pesticides in a gaseous state) or working with ornamental and turf (landscaping) pesticides.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Have a working knowledge of common pesticides and insecticides, their uses and their application processes
- Apply pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and/or fertilizers on specified areas
- Follow label directions on how to prepare and apply pesticides
- Identify and properly operate and wear all personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Maintain and operate application equipment such as sprayers and tractors
- Provide excellent customer service via written and spoken communication methods
- Explain to customers the service that is being conducted during each visit and answer any questions about the service
- Maintain a safe and orderly workspace and work vehicle for mixing chemicals and storing equipment
- Maintain accurate and detailed pesticide application records
- Maneuver in small or compact areas such as attics, basements or crawl spaces to access areas in need of pesticide application
- Have a working knowledge of company products and services
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- plant science
- agricultural mechanics
- personal finance
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Pesticide technicians are also required to have a license from the federal government (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and from the state they will be working in. The licensure process includes classroom education, hands-on training and supervised work experience. Regular continuing education courses must be completed to keep all licenses up to date. Pesticide technicians must also keep a valid driver’s license.