Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's it like to be a woman in pest control?

I get asked that question a lot. After all, pest control is traditionally a male dominated industry, especially when it comes to field technicians and service managers. So of course, there are a lot of questions. How did you get into this? How can you do this job? Does any of it bother you? What made you want to do this? People are naturally curious when they see something out of the norm.

Most people are pleasantly surprised to see a female technician come to their door. Occasionally, we run into people who question our ability to do the job. They follow us around during the service and offer "helpful suggestions". It can be challenging at times, but it’s also gratifying and very rewarding. It’s great to be able to show people that, yes; a woman can solve their pest problems. I enjoy problem-solving and this job gives me plenty of opportunities. The key is to project confidence, smile, and take the time to answer all of their questions. You win them over every time.

And, I like working in an industry that’s mostly recession-proof with lots of opportunity for me to advance my career. I’m also proud of the example I’m setting for my two daughters.

So bring on the tiny, dark crawl spaces that force me to crawl on my belly through all the dirt and cobwebs. Bring on the bed bug infestations, the rats and the roaches. I can solve your pest issue. No problem.