A licensed exterminator is a person who has been qualified by government officials to perform pest control and elimination jobs. The requirements for the necessary licenses can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but they typically involve a written test and documentation of on the job training. Licensed exterminators help businesses and residences control pests that range from insects to rodents, seek out the various points of infestation, and eliminate them.
Typically, a licensed exterminator will begin by speaking with the business or residence owner. The exterminator will listen to the reports of observed pest infestation. He or she will then perform inspections based upon this information, following his or her observations and determining the extent and vectors of the pest problem. The licensed exterminator may then apply various chemical treatments, snares, lures, and/or traps to help control and eliminate the pests.
The exact means by which an exterminator attacks an infestation is one of the reasons for licensing. The licensed exterminator must be aware of things like pets and small children present when determining the best methods for containing a pest situation. He or she will be required to have a full understanding of the various chemicals and traps at his or her disposal. Some community colleges also offer classroom instruction in this field. Most licensed inspectors spend most of their workdays doing fieldwork for customers and clients, although some office work is also a regular part of this job.
Exterminator, Licensed Tasks
Inspect home for evidence of rodents, insects and other pests.
Schedule and administrate regular pest-control visits, spraying exterior, checking traps, etc.
Develop one or more plans for pest removal and elimination.