Integrated Pest Management Technician

Evict pesky rodents and insects from buildings with traps and chemicals.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Integrated Pest Management Technicians do?

As an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you are a superhero in most people’s eyes. That’s because while the rest of us are having nightmares about roaches, termites, and spiders, you spend your days ridding our homes of them. Apart from homes, you Integrated Pest Management Technicians work in barns, businesses, and other structures.

Mice and rats are not only pesky little creatures, but they also carry diseases and thus have the potential to cause health issues. Termites and ants are equally yucky, and are capable of causing serious damage to buildings. As an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you know a variety of techniques for getting rid of these pests.

In your position as Integrated Pest Management Technician, you have direct contact with customers, so you’ll need your listening skills and a great capacity for understanding. What is an everyday occurrence to an Integrated Pest Management Technician might be a traumatic experience for the customer. After all, not everyone experiences having a skunk family living under their home.

On the job site, as an Integrated Pest Management Technician, you answer questions, calm concerns, and inform the customer about what is being done. You set traps, block potential openings, put out bait, and apply select pesticides. Later, you retrieve traps, and dispose of or release animals elsewhere. Most jobs require follow-up visits where you look for evidence that the critters are still present, talk with the customer, and reapply pesticides as needed.

This is an entry-level position, so with some experience you have the opportunity to advance into the positions of Applicator or Supervisor.

Should I be an Integrated Pest Management Technician?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: IPM Technician, Lawn Technician, Tree and Shrub Technician, Vector Control Field Technician

    How to Become an
    Integrated Pest Management Technician

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