How would you feel about your son/daughter becoming a pest management professional?
Around Father’s day, this question comes up on many of our industry’s discussion groups. The majority of folks seem to be fine with their offspring choosing the profession. Some fathers go as far as to say that if their children became pest control operators, they would take it as the ultimate compliment.
I guess I take the less popular view on this topic.
While I’m not ashamed of what I do, nor do I “look down” on second and third generation exterminators, I’d prefer my sons take another path.
This industry is tough; we work long hours, spend countless hours behind the wheel, expose ourselves to dirty environments, etc. There are easier ways to make a living.
What about taking over the family business?
Okay, the family business is your OTHER child. I understand how many fathers would hope their children keep the business going, but operating a pest control company can be a huge headache. In today’s era, we have a shrinking workforce, non-customers giving bad business reviews, ever-changing compliance laws and much, much more. Again, there are easier ways to make a living.
Ultimately, it’s not my decision. I’ll support my boys in whatever career they choose. Their mother and I are just the folks that make sure they get a good education and understand the pros and cons of every potential profession.
I only hope my boys find the same happiness in their adulthood as they’ve given me. Truth be told, I don’t always like my career, but I LOVE being a dad!