Pest control officers


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Pest control officers investigate the presence of pests that are hazardous to public health or cause nuisance, lay traps to capture pests and treat areas of infestation.


There are no formal academic entry qualifications, though some employers may expect entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is provided on-the-job, supplemented by specialist courses covering different aspects of pest control.

Typical tasks

  • receives reports from public, property owners and authorities regarding the presence of pests and infestations;
  • visits sites to investigate the presence of rodents, infestations and other pests that may be hazardous to public health;
  • lays traps to capture pests, and fumigates and disinfects areas to remove infestations;
  • advises property owners on courses of action to prevent the return of pests;
  • liaises with environmental health officers, housing officers and other relevant authorities where measures on a large scale are required to remove pests;
  • returns to sites to examine contents of traps laid and the continued presence of reported pests;
  • treats wood for effects of termites, woodworm and other infestations of timber.

Common job titles

Inspector, rodent
Operator, control, pest
Officer, control, rodent
Operator, beetle, colorado
Specialist, woodworm
Controller, pest
Technician, control, pest
Technician, service, prevention, pest
Inspector, infestation
Officer, control, pest
Officer, pest
Operator, rodent
Surveyor, infestation, timber
Surveyor (pest control)
Operative, rodent
Surveyor, control, pest
Inspector, control, pest
Officer, disinfecting
Catcher, mole
Sprayer (wood preservation service)
Officer, rodent
Catcher, rat