Pest Control Technician


Pest control technicians can be licensed as an Applicator, Field Representative and Operator in Branch II. Technicians service residential and commercial properties for general pests using several types of chemicals, products, and equipment.


  • Training

Prior to becoming a successful Technician, candidates must complete field training with an experienced technician, complete approved courses, take and pass a state issued exam with a 70% or higher grade. Once the Technician passes their test, a Branch II License is issued by the Structural Pest Control Board.


  • Identification

Pest Control Technicians must be able to identify non wood destroying pests such as: ants, roaches, crickets, spiders, springtails, bees, and wasps. Technicians will need to identify rodents such as: Rats, mice, and gophers.


  • Continuing Education Courses

Pest Control Technicians are required to complete 16 hours of Continuing Education every three years in Branch II for license renewal. These courses must include 6 hours of Technical training, 8 hours of training in Rules and Regulations, and two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). These Pest Control courses can be completed online or in a classroom environment.


  • Equipment

Several types of equipment are used in the Pest Control Industry. Electric/gas powered spray rigs, back packs and 1–2-gallon handheld sprayers known as a B&G. Electric and handheld dusters may also be used.


  • Personal Protective Equipment

The knowledge and use of PPE is vitally important for a Pest Control Technician. PPE will help eliminate any chemicals and/or products entering orally, through the skin (dermal), and eyes. Respirators, eye protection, face shields, long sleeve pants/shirts and boots are some PPE equipment.


  • Safety

Pest Control is a physically demanding profession. Technicians are sometimes required to work in inclement weather, working on hillsides and several types of terrain, while carrying their equipment and PPE. The safety of each Pest Control Technician and the general public is the most important priority. 

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