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.
Pest and weed controllers have a lot of contact with chemicals and wear protective clothing such as overalls, gloves and masks.par 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.par Pest and weed controllers usually have a lot of contact with clients.
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
able to make accurate observations and calculations