There are different specialties in the Air Force that are not typical military specialties. Some different career fields deal with infrastructure and support. One such career is the Air Force enlisted exterminator and Pest Management specialist. It is a specialty that deals with a variety of different pests and rodent type issues. You will be able to use a variety of devices, both intrusive and at times benign, to control the pest population, and to make sure that the problem or pest issue is resolved. You will work to examine facilities and different military locations for insects, rodents, spiders, ticks, mites, mice, birds, weeds, bats, and even predatory animals. If you enjoy working in a challenging field dealing with science then working as an enlisted Pest Management specialist in the Air force may be the job for you.
You will learn how to observe proper safety measures, and how to successfully deal with sudden pest infestations. You will be responsible for mixing and applying various chemical agents, and varying formulations of pesticides, poisons and other types of chemicals. Part of the time you may have to apply these materials by hand, and at other times you may use different power equipment in your pest control operations. You will also work with other members of pest control teams to deal with larger groups of pests or infestation problems. You will work with the local commands and facility management to locate and identify any threats that these types of pests pose, and then agree on the best ways to eradicate or eliminate these pests from the area. You will study in simulated real life conditions as well as in the classroom. You will learn basic chemical pest control techniques, as well as pesticide and chemical pest control methods. Your first duty station will likely be on a larger base where you can continue your mentoring and training under senior members of the Air Force Pest Control specialty. You will attend boot camp training for the Air Force for Nine weeks and learn how to become an enlisted Air force personnel member. You will spend from 8 to 12 weeks in technical school learning how to deal with different types of pests and pest control techniques. You will have access to devices to at times scare off pests such as birds, from buildings, roads, compounds, Airfields, and other military type facilities.
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Most important you will always use safety measures to safeguard other personnel and yourself from harm as you conduct your pest control rounds. As you rise in rank and authority you will help train more junior enlisted personnel in how to deal with pest control issues.
Brian Hannaford says
I served in the Air Force, at England AFB,La. 1984-1987. I was exposed to mosquito pesticides on the flightline at night. What kind of pesticides were they using. I read that this base was one of the contaminated. I now have polyneuropathy of both legs, or nerve disorder. I believe this was caused by breathing the stuff in for two hours or so. Thanks, B.H. Can you offer any information?