A pest control invoice is a post-job document used for both formally requesting payment and for providing a comprehensive recap of the pest control services that were performed for a residential client or commercial entity. Pest control companies often need to look back on the exact work that was performed for customers, be it for accounting, legal, or organization reasons. Because of this, additional fields should be used to record the type of chemicals and traps used, a description of the pests treated, and any notes for the customer on staying safe after treatments have been applied.
What is Pest Control?
Pest control is the practice of removing unwanted insects and animals through chemical and non-chemical means. Pest control specialists treat homes and commercial buildings with a long-term mindset – often going after the root of the problem instead of simply exterminating the pests they can observe. The common duties pest control technicians and specialists are often responsible for on a daily basis include the following:
- Complete full-property inspections for signs of pests
- Determine the type of treatment needed to eliminate pests
- Calculate quote estimates for the selected treatment(s)
- Set up traps and / or apply precise or full-property pesticides
- Install barriers to reduce the likelihood of pests returning
Pesticide Certification Requirements
According to the EPA, to handle pesticides in the United States, a certification must be acquired by a “state, territorial, [or] tribal authorit[y]” for each state in which the pest control company will be operating. Pesticides are classified as a Restricted Use Product (RUP). These are chemicals that cannot be purchased by the general public due to their high potential for injury if misused. For a full list of RUPs, check out the EPA’s Restricted Use Product Summary Report.
Typically, pest control companies will apply as a “Commercial Applicator,” as it entails the use of pesticides in and around a variety of buildings, of which “human dwellings” and “industrial establishments” are included. To identify a certifying official (called a “control official”) in the state in which a pest control technician will be using RUPs, the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials has a fifty-state control official list that can be referenced.
Pest Control Worker Salary & Hourly Rate ($/hr)
Hourly rate: $17.12/hr
(Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)