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Pest Control Workers

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Direct, or assist other workers in, treatment or extermination processes to eliminate or control rodents, insects, or weeds.
    • Cut or bore openings in building or surrounding concrete, access infested areas, insert nozzle, and inject pesticide to impregnate ground.
    • Clean and remove blockages from infested areas to facilitate spraying procedures and provide drainage, using brooms, mops, shovels, or rakes.
    • Position and fasten edges of tarpaulins over building, and tape vents to ensure air-tight environment and to check for leaks.
    • Dig up and burn weeds, or spray them with herbicides.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 37760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Hand sprayers
    • Fog or mist generators
    • Dusters
    • Animal control traps
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software

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