Pest Controllers 

Pest controllers and fumigators apply chemical/other treatments to buildings and outside areas to remove/destroy insects and other pests.

Work: Pest controllers and fumigators perform some or all of the following duties: , Inspect buildings and outside areas at regular intervals or at specific request of property owner; to detect signs of infestation; Determine type of treatment required and provide estimate of costs to clients; Prepare and spray chemical mixture on infested areas using mechanical or electric sprayer to kill insects, rodents and other pests; Fumigate households; Place and set traps to capture and remove animals, such as skunks or raccoons; Install animal control barriers such as needle strips, netting and other devices to keep animals off property; Clean out areas that harbour pests using rakes, shovels, brooms or mops; Advise clients on how to prevent pest infestation.

Title Examples: Animal Control Trapper, Nuisance Control Trapper, Pest Control Operator, Pest Control Representative, Pest Controller, Pest Fumigator

Useful Secondary School subjects: Industrial Arts, Math, English

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need some high school education. , You usually receive on-the-job training. , You may need college or other courses or experience in your company. , To be a pest controller or fumigator, you need a pesticide applicator licence. , Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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