How to become a pest controller

An information guide

How to become a pest controller

A practical guide to finding work as a pest control technician

A career in pest control can be challenging at times, yet always rewarding in terms of customers' satisfaction and progression in your role. Pest controllers have a varied role, treating a range of pests in different types of properties on a daily basis.

One of the most important aspects to consider when becoming a pest controller is deciding on the type of company you would like to work for. For example, many established companies now offer nationwide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a perfect match for someone that does not want to be limited in the hours that they work.

It will be your job to remove and prevent all types of pest infestations. You will be trained on the job by experienced pest controllers, although generally more established companies will run their own structured in-house training programmes.

Working Hours & Conditions

Typical working hours are largely dependent on the company you decide to work for. For example, many companies now provide a 24-hour emergency response, meaning that you are less limited in the hours you can do, and have varied working hours. Working conditions vary according to the type of infestation you are treating. You will be working in a range of environments, from cramped spaces to treat rodents to heights for wasps and bees nests.


If you would like to progress within the pest control industry, it is always good to look into larger companies that offer both planned and emergency work, as you will gain experience from both sides of the spectrum.

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