Pest Control Technician Kaihangarau Patu Orotā

Pest control technicians identify and remove pests, such as insects, rats and mice, from buildings and properties. 

Qualified pest control technicians can choose to register with the Pest Management Association of New Zealand.

Pest control technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • inspect buildings and properties for signs of pests such as mice
  • identify pests, and develop and apply pest control plans
  • control pests through chemicals, traps, and shooting
  • advise on pest control and prevention
  • provide specialist services to food manufacturers, and airline and shipping import/exporters.

Pest control technicians who work in rabbit and possum control may need a firearms licence.

Physical Requirements

Pest control technicians need to:

  • have a good level of fitness, as they spend long periods on their feet and need to carry containers of chemicals
  • be comfortable working in confined spaces or at heights
  • have no breathing problems, or allergies to pests or dust.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pest control technicians includes:

  • outdoor work with animals
  • work with chemicals and poisons.

Personal Qualities

Pest control technicians need to be:

  • careful and accurate, especially when dealing with poisons
  • good communicators
  • able to work well alone
  • good at solving problems.

They must not be squeamish, because they deal with pests such as rats and cockroaches.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for pest control technicians includes:

  • outdoor work with animals
  • work with chemicals and poisons.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements for this job, but NCEA Level 2 English, biology, chemistry and maths are useful.

Pest Control Technicians can earn around $22-$34 per hour per year.

Pest control technicians may progress to set up their own pest control business, or move into management.

Pest control technicians may specialise in removing:

  • animals such as rats and possums
  • insects
  • birds.
Pest Control Technician

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