The need for pest control technicians is increasing throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of jobs in the pest control industry will increase by 8% by 2026.
If you are ready to make a career change, consider applying for a Texas pest control license. This guide contains everything you need to know about the process.
The state of Texas requires professional pest control technicians to be licensed to apply general and restricted-use pesticides in commercial and residential settings.
The different types of Texas pest control applicator licenses include:
Commercial agricultural pesticide applicator license
Structural certified applicator license
Private applicator license
Structural technician license
Noncommercial agricultural pesticide applicator license
Noncommercial agricultural political applicator license
The commercial agricultural pesticide applicator license authorizes a business to apply state-limited-use pesticides or restricted-use pesticides on another person's property.
The structural certified applicator license authorizes a person to provide pest control services for a business that has a pest control license.
The private applicator license authorizes a person to supervise or use state-limited-use pesticides, restricted-use pesticides, and regulated herbicides to produce agricultural commodities without compensation.
The structural technician license authorizes a person to perform pest control services under the direct supervision of a licensed applicator.
The noncommercial agricultural pesticide applicator license authorizes a person to apply pesticides to perform a job duty.
The noncommercial agricultural pesticide and political applicator license authorizes a person to apply pesticides on behalf of a government agency.
Texas pest control license fees: The fees for Texas pest control licenses are between $100 and $400. All licenses are administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The average yearly pay for Texas pest control technicians is about $37,000.
Apply for a job as a pest control technician apprentice with a locally-owned or national pest control company. Although you do not have to enroll in a trade school or college to get your Texas pest control license, you must complete at least 20 hours of pesticide courses. Classes include pesticide safety, environmental protection, pesticide application, and non-chemical pest control techniques. Many employers provide pesticide training for their apprentices.
Course Costs: Expect to pay between $75 and $300 per course.
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be at least 18 years old
Possess a Texas driver's license
Be physically able to perform the job
Be employed as a pest control technician apprentice
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 Texas Department of Agriculture.
Examination requirements: Texas pest control license applicants must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Pest control license applicants must pass an exam to receive a license. The examination fees range from $100 to $200 per exam.
Examination categories include:
State and federal pesticide laws
Pesticide safety regulations
Pesticide application techniques
Use the following resources to prepare for your Texas pest control examination:
From Dallas to Austin, Texas pest control technicians are needed throughout the state. Visit the following websites to search for a pest control technician job in your area:
The hourly Texas pest control technician pay rate is $18.51.
Practice responding to the following questions to prepare for your interview:
Why do you want to work in the pest control industry?
What is the most difficult part of customer service?
How can you apply pesticides in a safe manner?
What is your strategy for handling stressful interactions?
Look as professional as possible when you attend your job interview. Bring a copy of your education credentials, resume, social security card, and driver's license to your Texas pest control technician interview.
Current trends in the pest control industry include:
Automate scheduling and billing services
Understand the behaviors and characteristics of local pests
Attend local and national pest control legislation hearings
Apply safe pesticides
Educate customers about pest prevention techniques
Here are the common dangers that Texas pest control technicians may encounter:
Slippery or icy work areas
Pest bites and stings
Sickness from pesticide exposure
Back sprains due to heavy equipment
The following tips offer ways you can protect yourself from common pest control technician dangers:
Wear well-constructed work boots and chemical-resistant clothing
Always put on rubber gloves when you apply chemicals
Wear safety glasses or goggles
Clean up pesticide spills immediately
Texas has reciprocity agreements with the following states:
Texas pest control licenses are renewed on an annual basis (with some exceptions). The renewal fee ranges from $100 to $400.
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