License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 51 states
52nd most burdensome licensing requirements
9th most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Pest control workers spray or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill pests and vermin, such as mice, termites and roaches that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia license pest control workers, which accounts for the occupation's rank as the ninth most widely and onerously licensed of the 102 studied. Most states do not impose education and training requirements; however, the few that do place significant burdens on aspiring pest control workers, led by Tennessee and Louisiana, which require four years of education and training. Many states impose a minimum age of 16 to 18, and all states require applicants to pass at least one test.