No two days are the same in the life of a pest controller. We often get asked, 'What is a day in the life of a pest control technician'?.
What starts out as a quiet day of carrying out some routine servicing of customers can quickly change as the calls for help come in, particularly during the busiest times of the year which are usually wasp season and rat season.
Although as the climate continues to change so do the “normal” pest cycles and seasons that we see meaning that, for example, rats become more of an all-year round pest and wasp seasons start earlier and continue for longer than before.
What do pest controllers do?
A pest controller’s day can be a matter of a hour or run well into the evening and weekends depending on the season and number of pest problems that arise.
Most people think a pest controllers' job is to eradicate pests, but this isn’t true at all!
A pest technician’s main job is to control pests, that’s true, but to do so in a way that balances the needs of the public, the pest, the environment and the business. That’s not an easy balancing act!
What are the pros and cons of being a pest control technician?
Pest technicians will always look for the least harmful method to control pests. That’s not always simple to do with lots of competing interests. For example, members of the public won’t always want to pay for multiple visits to trap rodents particularly with a cost-of-living crisis.
Understandably they want their rat problem to be solved in the quickest and cheapest way possible and they might not be willing to pay for a pest controller to visit lots of times to set traps; something they think they can probably do themselves!
What is an eco friendly pest management system?
Pest controllers play an important role in educating people about pests and the environment. For example, helping the public to understand how critical bees are for our ecosystem and how important it is to #leavethembee where at all possible. Read more about our Integrated Pest Management services.
Pest controllers are also often a sounding board for people’s distress and anger.
They need to have good listening skills as people are commonly in distress when they call for assistance with a pest issue.
The pest controller needs to be able to put the pest problem into context and to be able to offer advice and reassurance.
Often the pest controller will be visiting elderly or people living on their own or in difficult circumstances and so pest controllers might be the only person that customer has seen for some time.
Taking time out of their day to spend having a cup of tea and a chat with that person can make a real difference to that person’s life.
So, as you’ve seen, a pest controllers’ job is varied and challenging but always rewarding.
And we’ll leave this by saying that pest controllers don’t always come across the pest they are looking for – this week one of our pest technicians came across this lovely grass snake on his travels.
At PGM & SON, we see some wonderful wildlife when we’re about and about..which is another great part of our job!
If you are looking for a reliable, trustworthy pest control services near you in Herefordshire or Worcestershire then give us a call - 01981 540088 or if you have an emergency pest problem call our mobile on 07964 370480, you can also email us email@example.com for advice and support.
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