Idaho pest control license:
everything you need to know

The demand for pest control technicians is growing. In fact, the pest control industry is expected to increase by 8% within the next five years.

Idaho pest control technicians are employed by government agencies, school boards, and private companies. This Idaho pest control license guide contains the information that you need to get started.

Does Idaho require a pest control license?

Idaho requires professional pest control technicians to be licensed to apply restricted-use and general pesticides in residential and commercial settings.

Are there different types of licenses for Idaho?

The different types of Idaho pest control licenses include:

  • Professional applicator license
  • Private applicator license
  • Pesticide dealer license
  • Reciprocal license

The professional applicator license authorizes licensees to apply and supervise pesticide applications on another person’s property for compensation. The fee for this license is $120.

The private applicator license authorizes licensees to supervise or apply agricultural chemicals on any land that is operated or owned by their employer. The fee for the Idaho private applicator license ranges from $10 to $30 depending on the category.

The pesticide dealer license authorizes companies to sell and distribute pesticides in Idaho. The cost of this license is $120.

The reciprocal license authorizes pest control licensees to use their license from another state in Idaho. The fee for Idaho reciprocal licenses is $120.

For each license, you must provide proof of financial responsibility. Aerial applicators must provide a photocopy of their FAA pilot license. Front and back copies are required.

Idaho pest control license board:

All Idaho pest control licenses are administered by the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

The average yearly pay for Idaho pest control technicians is about $31,000.

How do I become licensed for pest control in Idaho?

No experience is required for you to get a job as a pest control technician in Idaho. However, you must obtain the appropriate licensing. You are not required to earn a college degree to work as a pest control technician. You are required to take recertification courses. Employers usually provide on-the-job training for their pest control technicians.

Training programs:

Course Costs:

Expect to pay between $50 and $200 per course.


  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Possess an Idaho driver’s license
  • Be physically able to perform the job
  • Be employed as a pest control technician apprentice
  • Show proof of financial responsibility

On-the-Job Experience:

  • Identify and eliminate different types of pests
  • Apply pesticides according to product directions
  • Manage customer relationships
  • Draft pest control inspection reports
  • Submit service estimates and contract bids
  • Control and prevent pest infestations

Licensing board Information:

Apply for your license online with the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

License examination requirements:

The passing score for each Idaho pest control technician license is 70%. License exams are closed book.

Examination categories include:

  • State and federal pesticide laws
  • Pesticide safety regulations
  • Environmental protection
  • Pesticide application techniques

Examination Resources:

Use these materials to prepare for your Idaho pest control examination:

How to use your pest control license to get a job

You can find pest control job listings in most cities in Idaho. Visit the following websites to search for a pest control technician job in your area:

The hourly Idaho pest control technician pay rate is $15.60.

Here is a list of questions that interviewers are likely to ask pest control technician applicants:

  • Why are you interested in getting a job in the pest control industry?
  • Do you have previous experience as a pest control technician? If so, please discuss it.
  • What skills will you bring to our company?
  • What is the most challenging part of working in the pest control industry?
  • What is your favorite part about working directly with customers?

Pest control companies want to hire professional and responsible technicians who are committed to safety. During your interviews, hiring managers will pay close attention to your responses and your attire. Always wear professional clothing to a job interview.

The latest trends in the pest control industry:

  • Automate scheduling and billing services
  • Understand the behaviors and characteristics of national and local pests
  • Attend local and national pest control legislation hearings
  • Apply safe pesticides
  • Educate customers about pest prevention techniques
  • Attend pest control industry trade shows and meetings

Dangers of being a pest control technician

The most common dangers of being employed as an Idaho pest control technician:

  • Daily exposure to toxic pesticides
  • Operating a company vehicle in bad weather conditions
  • Performing work on slippery sidewalks, uneven land, and elevated areas
  • Getting bit by rodents and other pests

Helpful pest control technician safety tips:

  • Wear work boots with reinforced toes and chemical-resistant clothing
  • Wear a mask to protect your face and nose
  • Always put on rubber gloves when you apply chemicals
  • Wear safety glasses or goggles
  • Clean up pesticide spills immediately

Is my pest control license only valid in Idaho?

Idaho has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

How often do I need to renew my pest control license in Idaho?

Renew your Idaho pest control license every year. The renewal fee for Idaho pest control technician licenses is $120.