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Fumigators & Pest Control Workers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Fumigators & Pest Control Workers apply fumigants or chemical solution and set traps to remove pests, e.g., termites, cockroaches, rats, ants, bedbugs that infest buildings and surrounding areas. They are responsible for conducting inspections to identify potential and actual pest problems and determine the best type of treatment and prevention methods used to kill pests.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Pest control knowledge and skills

Fumigators & Pest Control Workers must apply pest control knowledge and skill, including biology and behaviour of pests and their prevention and control methods, basic principle and correct usages of pesticides, usages and techniques for disinfestation tools and machinery, in order to effectively deal with pest control work.

General Requirements


  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$50,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Model Scale 1 Pay Scale Point 0-8

Monthly Salary Model Scale 1 Pay Scale Point 3-13

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Fumigators & Pest Control Workers often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces. They should follow precautions and wear protective equipment. They work full time and sometimes work overtime or irregular hours.


  • Chemical-resistant footwear
  • Chemical-resistant suits
  • Handheld pesticide sprayers
  • Pesticide agitators
  • Pesticide tanks
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective head coverings
  • Protective respirators
  • Safety goggles
  • Snap traps

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