If you thought pest control was a strange profession, try being a professional mortician. In this article, Alexandra Mosca describes a variety of reasons why she became a mortician and how she conducts herself. One motivation was the desire to comfort people passing through a difficult transition, as she had with the death of a loved one. But a deeper confession was that she always had a fascination with death.
Somewhere, I was wanting to find that confession in her article. Why? Because it confirmed an experience I had as a social worker when I was providing marriage counseling for two morticians. Both of them had lost a parent by age six. It’s a known fact that we often play and replay themes in our lives. Even when we think we have broken out from that theme…. here it goes again! What themes replay in your life and has that impacted your professional choices, as well as how you conduct yourself in that profession?
So I ask you, do people sometimes have the wrong reasons for going into pest control? If you had a pest control worker who jokingly told you that he liked pest control because he got to kill things every day, would you accept on his word that killing things was a primary factor, or would you brush it off as a joke? Is it ok that killing things was important to the pest technician? Is it sick to be in pest control because you like to kill things? How would that impact ones’ openness to green pest control, with its’ emphasis on keeping things alive and all the “warm fuzzies” of green pest control? Can a person fascinated with death possibly be taught to act professionally in his or her role as a pest control service provider or will that fascination with death play itself out in weird and unpredictable ways? Have you hired someone who likes to dwell in attics? Does this person have a severe underlying depression? Is the person kind of shy and scary? Did you just hire a shooter who just hasn’t yet made the leap? What overall risk management issues have been inherited with such an employee? If you would not want your local police officer to have a fascination with death, would you not by the same measure shy away from someone with this type of profile for the pest control profession?