Profession pest management worker

Pest management workers identify, avoid, eliminate and repel pests by applying specific chemical solutions, setting traps and other equipment to control pests such as rats, mice and cockroaches. They apply pesticides and clean and remove pests after extermination. Their tasks might include elimination of fungi, moisture or insects. They inform and advise clients, residents and facility owners on after care and preventive methods to keep away pests.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Safe use of pesticides

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chemical products

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

  • Personal protective equipment

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

  • Pest biology

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

  • Herbicides

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

  • Pesticides

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

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Report on pest inspections

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

  • Spray pesticides

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Identify infestation source

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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