Skills Animal Control Trapper in Nunavut

Find out what skills you typically need to work as an animal control trapper in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Pest controllers and fumigators (NOC 7444).


  • Inspect buildings and outside areas to detect signs of infestation
  • Provide estimate of costs
  • Determine type of treatment required
  • Prepare and spray chemical mixture on infested areas
  • Fumigate households
  • Place and set traps to capture and remove animals
  • Install animal control barriers to keep animals off property
  • Clean out areas that harbour pests
  • Advise clients on how to prevent pest infestation

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation. This section will be updated soon.

  • 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)
  • May 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 pest control handbooks to identify species and determine effective control measures. (3)
  • 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 the Pesticides Act to obtain information on legal liability, storage of pesticides and licensing requirements. (3)
Document use
  • Read labels on supplies and materials to verify mixing directions. (1)
  • Read logging road signs when driving to the woods to release animals. (1)
  • Refer to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) icons to identify various types of hazards associated with chemicals. (1)
  • Read city maps to locate client addresses. (2)
  • Read contract forms when establishing a service with a new customer. (2)
  • Read concentration tables in manuals to find how much pesticide to mix for various sized areas. (2)
  • Complete invoice forms, outlining services provided and their cost. (2)
  • Enter information into a chart to indicate the type of pest found and the action taken. (2)
  • May 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)
  • Write short reports on emergency calls, indicating findings and follow up. (1)
  • 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 confirmation letters to banks or landlords to inform them what treatments have been applied to buildings and with what results. (2)
  • May 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 home owners to assist them in keeping their homes free of pests. (2)
  • May write inspection reports, detailing findings and suggesting remediation measures. (3)
  • May write safety procedures to be included in an employees' manual. (4)
NumeracyMoney 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)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Establish a work schedule, determining the length of time it will take to provide service to clients. (2)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • 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)
Data Analysis Math
  • 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, they assess the possible number and types of insects in a building by what they identify on the glueboard. (2)
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)
Oral communication
  • Listen for the sound of rodents moving within a wall. (1)
  • Talk to customers to explain the methods of fumigation, the preparations the customers should make prior to fumigation and to answer questions. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to co-ordinate work, share information and discuss decisions. (2)
  • Communicate with supervisors to receive instructions and discuss training needs. (2)
  • May 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)
  • Participate in regional meetings with technicians and managers to discuss sales. (2)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • May find that a pesticide fails to stop an insect infestation. They switch to a different chemical which may be more powerful. (1)
  • May find that it is difficult to find the main base for carpenter ants in a building. They look for clues such as water damage since carpenter ants like to live near wet wood. (2)
  • May face the wrath of dissatisfied customers who feel that it is taking too long to eliminate their pests. They offer reduced rates to these customers, consistent with policies set by the company. (2)
  • May find that evidence of an infestation collected by clients is not conclusive as to its source and extent. They ask probing questions and search the premises carefully for further signs. (3)
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)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

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 workday 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 paper work associated with billing and scheduling. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember what phone calls must be returned by a certain time of day.
  • Remember the appearance of a particular rare insect.
  • Memorize procedures for mixing various types of chemicals.
Finding Information
  • May send packages of dead insects to the office for identification. (1)
  • Explore evidence of insect infestations with clients in order to diagnose the extent of the problem. (2)
  • 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)
  • May use reference books to find pictures of rare insects which resemble the insects which are infesting a building. (2)
Digital technology
  • They may type safety procedures. (2)
  • They may use a database to track customers. (2)
  • They may use an accounting program to record expenditures. (2)
  • They may make chemical application tables using a spreadsheet. (3)
Additional informationOther Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Pest controllers and fumigators mainly work alone. When working on a large job such as an apartment building, they may work with a partner to cover the area more quickly, each taking on responsibility for certain floors and co-ordinating activities as needed.

Continuous Learning

Pest controllers and fumigators update their knowledge through attending manufacturers' seminars several times a year. They study independently for exams in a progressive fourth-level scale of certification. They may take community college courses and correspondence courses to meet licensing requirements.

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