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FARGO - Thomas Casler has been working as a pest control technician at Midwest Pest Control for a little over a year now, but it wasn’t the direction he planned for his career to go.
He planned to work in history at the National Park Service or the State Historical Society, which he eventually did after obtaining a public history degree from North Dakota State University in 2011.
After a few years of working as a site supervisor for the State Historical Society in Fort Abercrombie, N.D., he left the job due to it being a summer job.
He was working part time as a bartender when his brother-in-law told him about a job opening at Midwest Pest Control.
“With the college kids going out of town during the summer, it was something that - it doesn’t get as busy so I needed something to do,” Casler said.
To become a pest control technician, he had to pass a restricted-use pesticide test at NDSU.
There are some days that are grosser than others, he said, and he’s seen things he thought he’d never see. “This job is definitely is not for everybody. It’s all a learning experience. It’s all something that makes me better at my job.”
Check out the video to learn more about Casler and his work as a pest control technician.