Integrated Pest Management Technician

Evict pesky rodents and insects from buildings with traps and chemicals.

What does an Integrated Pest Management Technician do?

As an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you are a superhero in most people’s eyes. That’s because while the rest of us are having nightmares about roaches, termites, and spiders, you spend your days ridding our homes of them. Apart from homes, you Integrated Pest Management Technicians work in barns, businesses, and other structures.

Mice and rats are not only pesky little creatures, but they also carry diseases and thus have the potential to cause health issues. Termites and ants are equally yucky, and are capable of causing serious damage to buildings. As an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you know a variety of techniques for getting rid of these pests.

In your position as Integrated Pest Management Technician, you have direct contact with customers, so you’ll need your listening skills and a great capacity for understanding. What is an everyday occurrence to an Integrated Pest Management Technician might be a traumatic experience for the customer. After all, not everyone experiences having a skunk family living under their home.

On the job site, as an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you answer questions, calm concerns, and inform the customer about what is being done. You set traps, block potential openings, put out bait, and apply select pesticides. Later, you retrieve traps, and dispose of or release animals elsewhere. Most jobs require follow-up visits where you look for evidence that the critters are still present, talk with the customer, and reapply pesticides as needed.

This is an entry-level position, so with some experience you have the opportunity to advance into the positions of Applicator or Supervisor.