Pest and Weed Controller


Pest and weed controllers kill or control plants, animals and insects that are considered troublesome or harmful to agricultural, industrial or domestic activities.

Duties & Tasks

Pest and weed controllers may perform the following tasks:

  • inspect properties, identify problems, determine treatments and provide estimates of costs at the request of landowners or government authorities
  • advise on preventative measures
  • apply appropriate pesticides (including sprays, gels, dusts, baits and fumigants) to infested areas
  • handle, mix and store chemicals following safety precautions and regulations set by manufacturers and government legislation
  • operate generators, compressors, and manual and electric pumps to inject or spray liquid and gaseous pesticides and herbicides
  • take care to minimise damage to other plants, animals and the environment
  • carry out simple maintenance practices to prevent pests entering buildings, such as bird-proofing roofs, and filling cracks and crevices
  • maintain equipment in safe, efficient working order
  • maintain work records of each property inspected, the pest or weed problem, chemicals used and the amount of time spent at each location
  • write reports for clients.

Working Conditions

Pest and weed controllers have a lot of contact with chemicals and wear protective clothing such as overalls, gloves and masks.

Pest controllers work both inside and outside and are sometimes required to work in cramped conditions, such as under houses or in attics. Weed controllers usually work outside.

Pest and weed controllers usually have a lot of contact with clients.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication and customer service skills
  • able to work independently and solve problems
  • free from breathing problems and related conditions
  • no known allergies to the chemicals used
  • safety-conscious
  • able to make accurate observations and calculations
  • responsible attitude.

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