7444 – Pest controllers and fumigators | Canada NOC |

7444 – Pest controllers and fumigators

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.


Index of titles

Example titles

Animal control trapper



Nuisance control trapper

Pest control operator

Pest control representative

Pest control service representative

Pest control technician

Pest control trapper

Pest controller

Pest extermination representative

Pest exterminator

Pest fumigator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Inspect buildings and outside areas at regular intervals or at specific request of property owner to detect signs of infestation

Determine type of treatment required and provide estimate of costs to clients

Prepare and spray chemical mixture on infested areas using mechanical or electric sprayer to kill insects, rodents and other pests

Fumigate households

Place and set traps to capture and remove animals, such as skunks or raccoons

Install animal control barriers such as needle strips, netting and other devices to keep animals off property

Clean out areas that harbour pests using rakes, shovels, brooms or mops

Advise clients on how to prevent pest infestation.

Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school is usually required.

Completion of courses in pest control or extermination or several months of on-the-job training are usually required.

Provincial pesticide applicator licence is required in all provinces.

Additional information

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


Supervisors of pest controllers and fumigators (in 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers)