There are four general steps that should be taken towards effective pest control. These Four steps describe the basic regimen for a Pest Control technician and are required for an effective service against those sometimes-pesky critters. As a service manager with Bulwark Exterminating I would often introduce this four-step process to “green” technicians who had relatively no experience in the Pest Control Industry. Adopting this four step process means your on your way to becoming a successful Pest Control Technician (PCT) or Exterminator.
The practical approach to effective pest control:
- Inspection: The first thing that you should do is performing a thorough inspection of the premises. Insects for the most part have the same basic needs as humans; insects desire shelter, food, and water.
- Identification: After performing a thorough inspection the next step is identifying the pest(s) indicated. Identifying the pest in my opinion is key to what we refer to in the industry as “Searching Out the Source” (SOS). Identifying the pest means identifying known habits, needs, and shelter common to your newfound friend.
- Diagnosis: What is the magnitude of the infestation? What exists that is conducive to this pest’s attraction to this site? What can be done to control this pest problem?
- Prescription: As a pest technician this is where you decide the most effective method of solving the pest problem. There are several methods to use to get rid of pest problems. This is where you decide whether or not a healthy dose of pesticides, exclusion, or other methods are best suited to controlling or resolving any known or foreseeable pest problems.
Taking this practical approach to solving your pest problems should increase your effectiveness.