No time clock in pest control

I’ve had many jobs in my lifetime and a few were Ok while most were very unfulfilling and the day would never seem to end. I would just watch the clock and want to bolt out the back door to freedom at days end. Did I just describe my senior year of high-school or my time as a short order cook? I was certainly not very good at either.

However that all changed for me when I got my first job in pest control. The day’s just seemed to fly by and there was always something new and interesting to see. At one account it might be raining roaches and then the next job you were tip toeing around a funeral home chasing a mouse. My schedule was always full but I never dreaded it and if the occasional grumpy customer came along you always knew you didn’t have to spend all day with them and soon you’d be on your way across town in your speedy little bug truck.

Pest control service is a great job and not just here in the U.S.A., it is the same wherever you go. In Europe there is a company called Rentokil which has a fantastic worldwide reputation. (they also serve many U.S. states) They were hired to service the Olympic games in China and recently have been awarded the rodent contract for the country of Libya. Now, I’ve had some major accounts in my time but none were under the category of an entire nation. I wonder what the address looks like on their billing statement.

Country of Libya
Care of; Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
57 million glue boards
200 thousand infrared traps

Regardless of how huge or small a company is it always comes down to the technician and for every professional exterminator I know their days are filled with the same excitement. If you’re reading this and considering a job change, pest control is an excellent choice here or abroad. Rentokil has a great blog where you can read all about far away pest control and here is a perfect video example of a simple tech on the other side of the world (depending on which side you’re on) who needs no time clock.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • I actually went out with this pest control technician when I joined Rentokil – he was brilliant, really knowledgeable and very entertaining. He explained how every day “at the office” is different and even a routine visit to a customer could turn out to be not so routine at all. What I hadn’t totally understood before Rentokil was the problem-solving element of a technician’s job, you guys really have to think on your toes to solve pest problems.

  • admin

    That is one very gratifying part of the job……..the other was using our knowledge to impress the ladies. lololol

    I couldn’t resist!

  • Bobby

    was trained by rentokil over 30yrs ago certainly the leaders in the field, they have a huge premises in felcourt england where they have scientists and biologists working and brining out new preparations and treatments for various pests, they certainly are a class act and look after their workers, the only thing i never liked was when the supervisors would go to your home and see what time you leave for work or if you come home early from work then they would have you in the office threatening dismissal all this has changed now due to the vans being computerised..

  • Wow–the supervisors did that? Crazy…. I like the Rentokil folks that write the blogs. They have allowed me to write a few times and they seem very very nice.

  • Bobby

    many a story i could tell, maybe when i write my memoirs… lol

  • I’ll be the first to buy one! 😉