Pest Control Training
Summary: Pest control may appear fairly straight forward, but the duties of a professional pest control specialist require a load of pest control training about insects and animals, pesticides, equipment and a mountain of laws and regulations.
Those involved in the pest control business can be regarded as guardians of public health as the work they carry out can improve the environment people live in. While many would consider it a straightforward job, it can in fact be complex and interesting work requiring a fair amount of knowledge to carry out well. It follows, therefore, that the workers in the trade need good pest control training to ensure they are properly equipped to effectively carry out the work and understand what is involved.
A pest control specialist must be able to accurately identify the insect with which he is dealing. There are a great number of pests from gnats to caterpillars and many in between and the specialist must have a good knowledge of these to ensure that when he is devising a plan to resolve an issue he has identified the correct species. The aim of a good pest control professional is to deal only with the pest itself and not affect the surrounding environment or the health of non-target species.
A pest control pro must have a good knowledge of pesticides and chemicals. There are many available pesticides with each one targeting a specific pest or group of pests. The pest control specialist must know that he is using the correct product for the pest identified. He must possess the ability to accurately read and understand the instructions on the label and use the product in accordance with these directions.
The pest specialist must also be trained in the various types of equipment which can be used with pesticides. Each piece of equipment is designed for a different scenario and depending on what the specialist finds when working on a job, he will have to select the application equipment which will work best for the given situation.
Another facet of providing a good job is to listen to the client. While the pest control specialist has the knowledge of pests and the ways to control these, the person experiencing the problem will be living with it everyday. The customer will be able to provide much valuable information which, if understood, should make the specialist's job easier in terms of accurately identifying the pest and from where the problem stems. A specialist should, therefore, be taught to take every opportunity to discuss the problem with the client before making a final assessment.
Yet another important part of training is having an understanding of pesticide use and application laws and regulations. Pest control companies have a duty to protect their employees, their clients and the environment. While an encyclopedic knowledge is not required, a basic understanding should be gained so that if an issue arises the pest control specialist will know where to look for more detailed advice to assist in undertaking the work in the correct manner.
The overall aim of a good pest control specialist is to practice integrated pest control. This is where all the knowledge they have gained through training and experience is used to implement a three stage plan for pest control, the three stages being prevention, observation and intervention. Prevention is obviously the best solution although observation and intervention will be required in many cases to deal with a pest. Training is a key part of gaining the required knowledge for planning and implementing an integrated pest control strategy which will effectively deal with pests without harming the surrounding environment or the health of other species.
It is fairly obvious that training is an important facet of becoming a good pest control professional. Someone looking to enter the business should understand this and be prepared to undertake and also enjoy the training required so that they can gain the knowledge required. If you choose to do it, give it your best shot.