Trades & Services

Pest Controller

Pest controllers exterminate or contain infestations of animals, insects or plants which are harmful or hazardous to the local environment.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Pest Controller do?

Pest controllers exterminate or contain infestations of animals, insects or plants which are harmful or hazardous to the local environment.

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Work activities

As a pest or weed controller, you would:

  • investigate properties to find problems
  • identify the type of pests or infestation
  • plan a treatment for the issue with an estimate of costs involved
  • provide guidance on preventative measures
  • use appropriate chemicals or treatments to get rid of pests or weeds
  • be mindful to minimise the effects of treatments on the surrounding environment
  • handle and store chemicals following necessary safety precautions
  • plug or cover holes or entry points to prevent pests getting back in
  • dispose of dead or captured animals using required methods
  • complete pest and inspection reports and documentation.
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Key skills and interests

To become a pest controller, you would need:

  • good practical and problem solving skills
  • a high level of fitness
  • good eyesight
  • numeracy skills for dose calculations for chemicals
  • an understanding of environmental effects of chemicals you are using
  • good health and safety awareness
  • customer service skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a pest controller you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. Some pest controllers are self-employed and might therefore work more flexible hours, including weekends.

Conditions

You may be required to crawl into small spaces or climb ladders, depending on the type of pest you are dealing with. Generally you would work alone, and drive between jobs. You would need a current drivers' licence.

You would wear protective clothing and safety equipment.

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How to become an Pest Controller?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a pest controller. You would get some training on the job. A licence is required for you to perform this role.

A VET qualification in conservation and land management, pest management, vertebrate pest management or weed management may improve your chances of a job in this occupation or of obtaining a traineeship.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Environmental and health concerns will result in more people hiring professionals, rather than trying to control pests themselves. Job opportunities should be good.

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