Spray chemical solutions or toxic gases.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Exterminators do?

Sprays chemical solutions or toxic gases and sets mechanical traps to kill pests that infest buildings and surrounding areas: Fumigates rooms and buildings, using toxic gases. Sprays chemical solutions or dusts powders in rooms and work areas. Places poisonous paste or bait and mechanical traps where pests are present. May clean areas that harbor pests, using rakes, brooms, shovels, and mops, preparatory to fumigating. May be required to hold state license. May be designated according to type of pest eliminated as Rodent Exterminator.

Should I be an Exterminator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Extermination Inspector, Moth Exterminator, Rat Exterminator, Rodent Exterminator, Supervisor, Extermination See More

    How to become an Exterminator

    Most Exterminators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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