Pest Control Technician
The Fly-by-Night Pest Control Technician
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Fly-By-Night as “given to making a quick profit usually by shady or irresponsible acts.”
In the pest control industry, there are those companies who will hire young and motivated individuals and promise them a great career with room to move up but what ends up happening is they provide the bare minimum in training, a very limited selection in pesticides, and crowd their schedules with so many appointments in one day that there is no way to reasonably treat for pests.
“They will train you for a week and then just throw you to the wolves and expect you to know everything. Long hours for little pay…. Summer time, sometimes my days will start at 8am and I won’t get home until 9 or 10 that night.”
This type of company is not interested in quality but in the number of stops they can complete in a day. And while they may be licensed that does not mean they know how to diagnose and treat pests. They are what are known as “Baseboard Jockeys” meaning they possess limited tools and knowledge and are only there to do as much as necessary to be able to collect payment and rush to the next customer.
It’s important that any person who is applying pesticides be licensed and properly trained. Don’t be afraid to ask the technician questions about your pest problem. If they seem like they don’t know what they’re talking about, or they refuse to answer your questions, that’s a good indication that they are probably in the wrong industry.
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