Profession pest management worker

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Vermin control workers investigate the presence of pests and vermin that are hazardous to public health or cause nuisance, lay traps and baits to eradicate pests, and treat areas of infestation.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks pest management worker

  • Inspect premises and study reports (e.g. from the public or property owners) to identify infestation source, pest entrances, extent of damage to property, access to infested locations, etc.
  • Determine treatment required to eradicate pests and vermin.
  • Measure area requiring treatment, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.
  • Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure the area to be fumigated.
  • Lay traps and baits, and fumigate and disinfect areas by spraying or dusting chemical solutions, powders or gases, to remove infestations.
  • Return to sites to examine traps and the continued presence of pests.
  • Dispose of dead and captured animals, and handle and store pesticides, following the correct procedures.
  • Clean the work site after the completion of job, and proof the area to stop pests returning.
  • Advise property owners on courses of action to prevent the return of pests.
  • Liaise with environmental health officers, housing officers and other relevant authorities where measures on a large scale are required to remove pests.
  • Record work activities performed and complete reports.

Related professions animal husbandry

Knowledge

  • Pesticides

    Types of chemical characteristics of pesticides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • Herbicides

    Types of chemical characteristics of herbicides and their adverse human and environmental effects.

  • Pest management techniques

    Techniques and measures used to prevent unwanted pests in houses, buildings and their surroundings by preventing access or by deploying other techniques such as wood protection and bird management devices.

  • Personal protective equipment

    Types of protective materials and equipment foreseen for various types of tasks such as general or specialised cleaning activities.

  • Preventative measures against pests

    Techniques and measures used to prevent unwanted bugs or animals in houses or buildings, such as installing wood protection and bird spikes.

  • Pest biology

    Biological characteristics of insect and rodent pest and their influence on choosing a pest management method.

  • Chemical products

    The offered chemical products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Safe use of pesticides

    Precautions and regulations concerning the transport, storage and handling of chemical substances that exterminate pests.

  • National pesticide legislation

    National legislation regulating the substances used and usage of pesticides.

  • European pesticide legislation

    The EU framework for community action which promotes the sustainable use of pesticides.

Skills

  • Spray pesticides

    Spray pesticide solutions to keep insects, fungus, weed growth, and diseases under control.

  • Perform mathematical calculations in pest management

    Make calculations to prepare the appropriate dose of pest control substance, in accordance to the surface affected and the type of rodent or insect in question.

  • Follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures

    Adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) procedures for activities that involve hazardous substances, such as bacteria, allergens, waste oil, paint or brake fluids that result in illness or injury.

  • Report on pest inspections

    Provide written reports on all inspections carried out on buildings and all treatments applied and materials used to manage pests.

  • Communicate with customers

    Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.

  • Identify infestation source

    Inspect buildings and surroundings to identify the source and extent of damage done to property by pests.

  • Decide on infestation treatment type

    Based on the evaluation of the infestation type and source, plan the treatment type to be applied such as fumigation, poison paste or bait, traps, spraying insecticides.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

Optional knowledge and skills

cleaning industry health and safety measures environmental engineering manage a small-to-medium business protect plants during pest control maintain professional administration phytosanitary measures maintain inventory of pesticides wood preservation provide technical documentation maintain customer service drive vehicles advise on pest infestation prevention