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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7444 Occupation: Pest controllers and fumigators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Pest controllers and fumigators inspect buildings and outside areas for pest infestation and spray chemical treatments to kill noxious and destructive insects, rodents and other pests or set cage traps to capture and remove animals. They are employed by pest control companies, or they may be self-employed. Pest controllers and fumigators inspect buildings and outside areas for pest infestation and spray chemical treatments to kill noxious and destructive insects, rodents and other pests or set cage traps to capture and remove animals. They are employed by pest control companies, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read service tickets which outline the type of infestation and special instructions for fumigation. (1)
  • Read chemical labels on fumigation products to identify hazards in application. (1)
  • Read memos from supervisors stipulating which pesticides to use for certain jobs. (1)
  • Read brochures from suppliers of fumigation products to learn about proper application of the product. (2)
  • Read trade journals to find information on new chemicals or ways to treat specific pest infestations. (2)
  • Read manuals which explain the rules and regulations governing the use of pesticides in order to study for the pest control applicators' exam which is taken to obtain a higher level of certification. (3)
  • Read pest control handbooks to identify species and determine effective control measures. (3)
  • Read the Pesticides Act to obtain information on legal liability, storage of pesticides and licensing requirements. (3)
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Writing
  • Write instructions to tell clients what they must do to prepare a room for fumigation. (1)
  • Write entries in a log to record actions taken. (1)
  • Write short reports on emergency calls, indicating findings and follow up. (1)
  • Write confirmation letters to banks or landlords to inform them what treatments have been applied to buildings and with what results. (2)
  • Write letters to businesses to promote fumigation products or services, or letters to the city administration to request their co-operation in controlling pests on city property. (2)
  • Write a daily step-by-step program for homeowners to assist them in keeping their homes free of pests. (2)
  • Write inspection reports, detailing findings and suggesting remediation measures. (3)
  • Write safety procedures to be included in an employees' manual. (4)
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Document Use
  • Refer to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) icons to identify various types of hazards associated with chemicals. (1)
  • Read labels on supplies and materials to verify mixing directions. (1)
  • Read logging road signs when driving to the woods to release animals. (1)
  • Read concentration tables in manuals to find how much pesticide to mix for various sized areas. (2)
  • Complete invoice forms, outlining services provided and the cost. (2)
  • Enter information into a chart to indicate the type of pest found and the action taken. (2)
  • Read city maps to locate client addresses. (2)
  • Read contract forms when establishing a service with a new customer. (2)
  • Read building plans or blueprints to facilitate inspection of the building. (3)
  • Refer to drawings and photographs of insects to assist in identifying pests, using texts to supplement the information. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use a database. For example, use a database to track customers. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, type safety procedures. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software. For example, use an accounting program to record expenditures. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, make chemical application tables using a spreadsheet. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to customers to explain the methods of fumigation, the preparations the customers should make prior to fumigation and to answer questions. (1)
  • Listen for the sound of rodents moving within a wall. (1)
  • Communicate with supervisors to receive instructions and discuss training needs. (2)
  • Participate in regional meetings with technicians and managers to discuss sales. (2)
  • Question a restaurant owner whose business is at risk of being closed down because of an infestation of ants in order to deal with the problem as quickly and effectively as possible. (2)
  • Talk to pesticide suppliers to learn about specific products. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to co-ordinate work, share information and discuss decisions. (2)
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Money Math
  • Accept cash, cheque or credit card payment from customers. (1)
  • Complete calculations to bill a customer, using rates. For example, fumigating at $.05 per square foot for a 2500 square foot area is $125.00 per month. (2)
  • Prepare invoices, calculating discounts for certain categories of customers and provincial and federal taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Establish a work schedule, determining the length of time it will take to provide service to clients. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure amounts of pesticides to mix with water. (1)
  • Calculate the square footage of a site which is to be fumigated. (2)
  • Mix chemicals in specified percentages. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare data on the number of rodents present in an area from year to year. (1)
  • Calculate the absorption and desorption rates of chemicals. (2)
  • After setting out a glueboard and leaving it for a day to attract and capture insects, assess the possible number and types of insects in a building by what can be identified on the glueboard. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of chemical which should be mixed for a job so that there will not be too much or too little spray prepared. (1)
  • Estimate the cost of a pest control program for a client, factoring in the number of visits that will be required and the types and quantities of traps or sprays. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Pest controllers and fumigators plan their schedule to accommodate regular and new clients, sometimes over a large geographic area. Some work, such as conducting monthly contract inspections, is routine. Self-employed pest controllers and fumigators plan their own work day, while those who work for a company may follow a schedule which is set by office staff. (3)
  • Pest controllers and fumigators determine the order and priority of their job tasks and reprioritize as necessary in light of unexpected calls for service or emergencies, such as wasp infestations. They try to plan their work day so that the distance between destinations is minimized, blocking sections of the coverage area for various days of the week. Time must also be allocated daily for paperwork associated with billing and scheduling. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what type of pesticide application is most likely to clear up a specific problem. (1)
  • Decide how much pesticide to mix in order to complete a job. (1)
  • Decide how long to hold trapped animals such as raccoons and where to release them. (2)
  • Decide whether it is possible to eliminate insects solely by surface spraying or whether it is necessary to drill holes in the walls. (2)
  • Decide when to refuse a job which could be harmful to people, such as spraying a restaurant without shutting it down first. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A pesticide fails to stop an insect infestation. Switch to a different chemical which may be more powerful. (1)
  • A customer feels that it is taking too long to eliminate their pests. Offer reduced rates to these customers, consistent with policies set by the company. (2)
  • It is proving to be difficult to find the main base for carpenter ants in a building. Look for clues such as water damage since carpenter ants like to live near wet wood. (2)
  • Evidence of an infestation collected by clients is not conclusive as to its source and extent. Ask probing questions and search the premises carefully for further signs. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Send packages of dead insects to the office for identification. (1)
  • Refer to trade magazines, manuals and handbooks to find information on types of pests and control measures. (2)
  • Consult pesticide suppliers or supervisors to learn more about the effectiveness of certain products. (2)
  • Explore evidence of insect infestations with clients in order to diagnose the extent of the problem. (2)
  • Use reference books to find pictures of rare insects which resemble the insects which are infesting a building. (2)
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