Do ants make you angry?

Do rats make you rage? Do spiders make you spin out of control?

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What if you could get paid to get rid of them?

You can, if you become an exterminator!

What Do Exterminators Do?

Exterminators, also called pest control technicians, are trained professionals who remove pests from homes, businesses, and their surrounding areas.

Types of pests exterminators terminate:

  • Ants

  • Rats

  • Roaches

  • Mites 

  • Bed bugs

  • Any other insects that spread disease or damage property

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Exterminators do more than fight furry foes. They also:

  • Inspect buildings

  • Take measurements

  • Estimate the cost of their services 

  • Use chemicals and barriers to ensure pests don't return

How Much Money Do Exterminators Make?

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Median Salary:$37,820

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Median Salary: $39,000

Where Do Exterminators Usually Work?

Residences

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Hospitals

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Schools

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Government Agencies

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Is This the Right Job for You?

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You’ll love being an exterminator if you

  • Enjoy making people's living spaces more comfortable

  • Have a strong desire to serve the public

  • Want to make use of your high school diploma

  • Don't mind working evenings and weekends

You may want to reconsider if you…

  • Are uncomfortable using chemicals on a daily basis

  • Don't like entering other people's homes

  • Don't want to hurt small animals

  • Aren't fond of crawling into tight spaces

Quiz

What is one of the most important characteristics for an exterminator to have?

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Kymberly Mayfield

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