This professional comes to your home or place of business to determine the extent of your pest problem. They will develop a plan of action to get rid of the pests and if the homeowner or business owner agrees to the plan, they will eliminate the pests. They will work with a pest control company or can be self-employed. When working with a pest control company they will offer a range of extermination and inspection services for their clients. When self employed they may only specialize in a certain number of exterminating services. What a salary would be for an exterminator will vary. It depends on whether they are self-employed or working for a company and the state and city where they are working. This job can be physically demanding and hazardous. Being an exterminator hey work with harsh chemicals and they also need to be able to crawl into narrow and confined areas to work.
Many who work as exterminators have a high school diploma and learn their skills on the job. They can also take pest control programs that conclude with a certification examination. In some nations, there are strict laws about the applications of pesticides. There may be mandates that to become an exterminator complete government training programs. They may also have to demonstrate proficiency with handling pesticides when taking an examination. This will be done to make sure that they know how to apply chemicals safely.
When the exterminator arrives at the business or home in response to a complaint about pests they will talk to the owner about the issue. They will then conduct a thorough examination of the home or business to determine how bad the infestation is. They will inspect areas where the pests have been seen. They will also probe along walls, crawl spaces, and other area where this particular pest might be found. If it is termites, they could inspect a rotting tree stump that could harbor these pests. If there is uncontrolled garbage or cans that are not covered properly, they could cause a rat infestation.
Once the exterminator determines that there are pests on site they will talk with the property owner about the options for exterminating them. This could include a topical application of pest control agents, tenting the entire structure to totally gas the pests or trap them. The extent of extermination will depend on which pest it is, how completely they have spread through the area and structure, and how much damage the pests have done. Once the plan of extermination has been approved, the exterminator will set up an appointment to eliminate the pests.
In addition to extermination services, an exterminator may offer advice for preventing pests, and getting rid of them naturally, and do property inspections.