When I was in my early twenties I worked for Orkin pest control as a “Farm Fly Tech”. Although I never worked residential pest control I did service a lot of dairy farms. I have to admit spraying farms to keep the fly population to a minimum was a very fulfilling experience. Orkin sent me to training on the life cycle of flies. I learned more than I wanted to know, and according to friends and family more than I should share with them. One of the main facts I learned that is something I like to bring up in conversation the gross out factor as many call it. Flies eat by vomiting on their food to soften it up so they can drink the food. This is one of the best things about being an exterminator, being able to gross out your friends with trivial facts that not everyone knows.
In my experience as a “Farm Fly Tech” a couple of the biggest misconceptions I have heard are that when you have an exterminator come out whether it be residential or farm that will solve your bug issues. This is not the case having a technician come out to service your pest problems is only a start. You must also listen to the advice of your technician we do know what we are talking about. I have had customers call me back to a job claiming that I didn’t do my job. Upon arriving I notice that the suggestions I wrote on their receipt were in fact ignored this not only makes you as a customer look incompetent but it is also a major annoyance to the technician. Another misconception I have heard is that pardon my expression” a monkey could do my job”. Yes I actually had a farmer tell me that once. He changed his mind and apologized when I handed him the bag of chemicals and told him to mix them. See what most people don’t realize is that well in my job at the time anyway the product we use to treat the farm came in a powder form. We were trained on how much chemical we had to add to each unit of water. To be honest with you I was surprised by that as well when I started work. The slightest miss calculation and you may poison an entire household.
Being an exterminator isn’t the job for everyone, but it is an interesting and fun job in my opinion. Just keep in mind the next time you have an exterminator service your pest problem they do know what they are talking about, so if they give you a suggestion listen this is what they get paid to do.