Day in the life of
Pest Control Technician – Weston Gillbanks
I’m a Technician and the Testing Supervisor with Bug Zapper Pest Control.
My typical day
My day starts off by gathering my necessary equipment for the day and take off in my truck for the first job on my schedule. We have take home trucks and our schedules are available digitally on a smartphone. We check them in the morning and plan our day based on the schedule.
Our days from there would vary dramatically based on a number of factors. Primary among them is what sort of calls we have been getting lately, as well as our individual skills, our location, time of year, and even the weather. Each technician naturally has certain things they prefer and excel at, for me wild and domestic bees are my favorite, for others, it might be ants or rodents. We try to tailor each techs route to their specific skills as best we can.
A day in the life typically involves preparing and being responsible for our equipment and managing our schedules, from there it could include anything from catching a swarm of honey bees hanging from a fruit tree to treating for bed bugs in a commercial location, to trapping for rats under a home. Some of our most common calls are rodents, roaches, wasps, and ants, each of which requires different equipment and skills. No two jobs are the same, let alone two days.
Being independent and self managed is a positive for me, and I also enjoy the fast-paced and ever-changing job that provides ample opportunity for continuous learning on the job and through company training courses. We get to see new and interesting things everyday. We spend a lot of time outdoors. We are simultaneously a part of a close-knit team and almost completely independent of each other in our day-to-day functions. We spend no time in cubicles, almost no time in offices, and minimal time doing paperwork.
We spend a lot of time outdoors, which can include some time in inclement weather. We spend a lot of time driving, if you don’t like driving it wouldn’t be a good choice of careers. Some locations can be rather gross, especially those with severe infestations.
Bug Zapper Pest Control
apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.