OCCUPATION THESAURUS

PEST CONTROL TECHNICIAN



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A pest control technician removes unwanted pests in residential and commercial areas. The types of pests will be dependent on the location, but commonly these include ants, roaches, bedbugs, termites, ticks, spiders, wasps, rats, and mice that infest structures (or in the case of farmland or orchards, crops). In some areas, they may also be called in to take care of snakes, scorpions, crocodiles, birds, and alligators. Typically, poisonous fog, baited traps, and sprays are used to remove these pests. Technicians run site inspections, assessments, and carry out fumigations and removals using spraying equipment, power fog machines, bait guns, and traps. Because technicians may be required to kneel, crawl, enter small spaces, and possibly work in sewers or other locations that are undesirable, a reasonable level of fitness and strong mental constitution is required.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Characters looking to get into this profession usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, and often require a certification to practice. Training is also given on the job and technicians must have a clear understanding of the chemicals and pesticides they use as well as how to apply them safely. All work must be in accordance with any local environmental laws and regulations regarding the use of pesticides. Having skills in math is also important to accurately plan the quantities of pesticides needed for the job as well as the time it will take to effectively complete the task (especially when it comes to fumigation and the use of chemicals in residential areas). Technicians must also have a valid driver's license for transporting equipment and driving to locations to assess the problem.

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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