Breaking the Mold in a Male-Dominated Pest Control Industry

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If you think about contacting someone at a pest control company, you probably think of speaking to a male. While men still dominate the industry, more women are not only working in pest control, but many of them also hold high level positions within their companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women count for only about four percent of employees in pest control, but that percentage has gradually increased over the years.

One woman in that small percentage is Sarah McElwee, director of business development at Pest Management, Inc. Growing up, McElwee never thought she would work in the pest control industry, but today she is a trailblazer for the company taking on a wide range of tasks from focusing on the growth of the company to taking care of pests herself on a call at a home or business.

McElwee was recently featured for her role in the company in the October issue of Austin Woman. The article, “Dirty Jobs,” features McElwee and three other hard-working and successful women who have taken on unique careers that are typically consider a “man’s job.” In the article, McElwee says, “I show up at homes to do pest control and people look at me like, ‘Where’s the tech?’ “ McElwee says she’s worked diligently to learn as much as possible about the industry to prove she understands the pest problems and can provide the best solution.

McElwee is not only unique in the pest control industry, but she is the first in Texas to join an elite class of technicians who hold the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS) environmental disinfection certification. This means in the event of an environmental hazard, the expert team at our affiliate company, GermLogic, can manage the complete decontamination and clean-up process.

At Pest Management, Inc. we focus on diversity and encourage all of our employees to strive hard and achieve their desired goals. Every day, it is our goal to eliminate pest issues in your home or business. Contact our team of men and women experts today to learn more about our specialized services such as bedbug, mosquitoes, termites, and wildlife control.