Pest Control Technician

Job Description:

Pest control technicians help identify and remove pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches.

Job Category:

What you will do:

You’ll use chemicals and equipment to deal with insects and animals like rats, mice, foxes, moles and birds. You could work anywhere from people’s homes to restaurants, sewers, warehouses or farms.

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • investigating and identifying pests
  • collecting dead animals and samples for analysis
  • finding out how pests are getting in
  • choosing a method of control
  • spraying chemicals to get rid of insects
  • laying poison and traps or using air guns to control birds and animals
  • repairing an area to stop pests returning
  • advising people how to prevent further problems
  • completing reports and keeping records
  • handling and storing chemicals
  • getting rid of dead or captured animals

With experience you could specialise in one type of pest.


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own (ambition/drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Pest Control Technician, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a good educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for your career in pest control. Pest Control Technicians are responsible for inspecting, treating, and preventing infestations of pests in various settings. Here are some suggested subjects and skills that can help you in this profession:

  1. Science: Biology and chemistry can be particularly relevant as they provide you with a basic understanding of the biology of pests and the chemicals used for pest control.
  2. Mathematics: Math skills are important for measuring areas, calculating dosages of pesticides, and keeping records.
  3. English: Good communication skills are essential for explaining pest control procedures to clients and writing reports.

Post School

There are no formal entry requirements, but maths and English skills could help you get a job.

You’ll usually need a driving licence to drive a van with your equipment and chemicals.

Experience in the building trade or handling chemicals may be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You’ll often work alone, driving to jobs in a van.

You could work indoors or outside. You may need to crawl into confined spaces or climb ladders. You may also need to wear protective clothing.

You’ll need physical fitness and good eyesight to investigate problems. You may come across unpleasant sights and smells.

This work may not be suitable if you’ve allergies or certain skin conditions.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could be promoted to supervisor or manager.

You could also start your own business.