A first word of warning to new technicians who underestimate the difficulty of pest control work is, “You’re not a pest control technician until you have survived the summer.”
In Southern California, we thought the summer was over until last week we experienced record temperatures over 100 degrees the 1st week of November!
Technicians are taught to:
1) Drink plenty of water and Gatorade.
2) Start early.
3) Wear a hat.
4) Have a healthy sweet in the vehicle, such as an orange.
5) Don’t tarry too long at any one stop, while providing a full service.
6) Ask for help when you need it.
7) Get plenty of sleep.
8) Don’t compensate for exhaustion with energy drinks. Recognize the signs and get rest.
9) When working in overheated environments, such as attics, drink water before entering the attic and exit the attic frequently for drinks. One should not test the limits of endurance in an attic
10) Don’t burn the candles on both ends. The evenings should be a time of quiet and relaxation with loved ones.
11) Resolve personal issues. Mental stress is a major contributor to fatigue. You should start the day, refreshed and ready to work. Put your personal cares aside and focus on enjoying the day’s work.
Can you add to the list?