Starting your own ornamental pest control business
The ornamental pest control business
If you have a love for working outdoors and giving mother nature a helping hand then ornamental pest control is the right job for you. I have spent some 20 plus years in the field of landscape and gardening and have worked in many different areas which include
landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, nurseryman, interior plant scape design and installation, interior plant maintenance, irrigation and so on, but one area that I really loved was working as a plant pest technician.
1.Knowing plant names and basic care of a plant.
2.Having a knowledge of plant nutrients and how these nutrients benefit plants.
3.Knowing the names of host insects and how to identify them. Host insects are insects that attack or feed on plants of their choice, for example, mealy bugs may feed on croton plant but not on the Indian rubber plant. Indian rubber plants have their own host (pest) insects.
5. Knowing which measures to take to decrease their population.
7. Having a knowledge of chemicals.
8. Knowing how to apply chemicals and the best time to apply them.
9. Having a knowledge of different turf type, you have the option of limiting the amount of turf that you want to work with. So if you are interested in specializing in 3 or 5 turf types your knowledge or specialty would only be with these ones and not have to learn all of the other types because dealing with turf is vast.
10. Gaining knowledge of turf insect and what control measures to take.
11. Being knowledgeable about turf disease.
My training in this area came from
On the job training
You can gain knowledge from these last three steps that I have listed, but step one is of great importance because to operate a business in this field you need to be certified and have a license according to law.
1.Pest control license.
3. You will need insurance.
Also, check with your state to make sure that you are following all of the rules and regulations that pertain to this business.
4.A truck, van or jeep, If a car is all that you have, you can start with that then as your business grows you can invest in one of these other vehicles.
5.Handheld or back sprayers for small jobs.
6.Tank spray for big jobs. If you don’t have one of your own you can either rent one or use a fertilizer spreader and instead of using liquid chemicals you can use the dry chemicals. As your business grows you can invest in a tank sprayer.
7.Chemical suits that you can purchase from your garden center.
8.Rubber gloves for hand safety.
9.Respiratory to protect your lungs.
10.Goggles to protect your eyes.
12.Storage place to keep chemicals, make sure that the storage area is well ventilated and properly secured from children and pets or if you can rent a building then that would be better. But if not make sure that children and pets do not have any access to chemicals, safety first.
13.Notepad to record findings and task for that day.
When you are done work for that day, make sure and take a good shower.
Chemical suits can be disposed of, place suits in the garbage after use, place garbage bag in tightly secured garbage containers, wash all other equipment off such as goggles, rubber gloves, respiratory and boots with warm water and soap.
Dispose of empty containers in the proper manner, follow as directed on label.
Salary depends on your knowledge of the job and what is agreed upon in the contract. You can be expected to earn anywhere from $28.000- $80.000 and more. Based on the amount of work you can bring in.
Ornamental Pest control is wonderful as you work on the great outdoors giving nature a helping hand. So if you feel this is for you then give it a try, this field is very rewarding as you doctor plants keeping time healthy and alive.