5026 — Pest Controlling*
This standard is used to grade nonsupervisory work involved in the control and prevention of insect pests (roaches, ants, etc.), vertebrate pests (rodents, birds, etc.), and plant pests such as weeds, plant diseases, and fungi. Pest controllers make visual inspections for pests or evidence of their presence, mix and apply pesticides, and accomplish specialized pest control procedures in accordance with product label directions, handbooks, training texts, and regulatory requirements. The work may be performed in urban, rural, industrial, residential, and institutional settings, both in and around buildings, as well as in open fields, and aquatic, marshy, and forested areas. The work requires knowledge of pest species and the ability to locate and recognize them, skill in the use and handling of toxic materials, and knowledge of effective and environmentally sound preventive measures and techniques of pest control. In accomplishing the work, pest controllers must be able to use both manual and power tools and equipment such as ultra low dosage hydraulic and hand sprayers, subslab injectors, dusters, pneumatic roto-hammers, animal traps, and other devices.