FUN WITH PESTS TECHNICIAN ENJOYS HIS JOB’S VARIETY
AMAZING views are not necessarily what you would assume are a perk of being a pest technician, but it is for Chris Bowen.
He made the move from retail management to work for Rentokil three years ago and now works at sites all over Sydney’s CBD.
“Even though the perception of pest control is all bugs and no play, it’s a lot more fun than that,” he said.
“I get to climb up buildings that are 44 storeys and look over the harbour from many different points.”
The views of bugs and rodents might not be as pretty, but Mr Bowen said he likes the problem-solving aspect of dealing with them.
“As long as you’ve got an inquisitive mind you will enjoy it,” he said.
“You are continually learning and you are always trying to better the process.
“You go through the place methodically and find every place they can get into.”
With an early start of 6am and the potential for being called out to jobs at night for overtime after his shift, Mr Bowen regularly finds himself in all kinds of places.
“The sites can last anywhere from 10 minutes to eight hours,” he said.
“I’ve done businesses that have been closed for a period of time and the cockroach infestation comes out through the walls,” he said.
“I’ve had them fall on me during the treatment and it’s not the most enjoyable thing, but the positive thing is that you can see the achievement to it.”
Mr Bowen said it is a fallacy that pest technicians are not afraid of insects.
“I’ve actually met a number of technicians who are terrified of cockroaches,” he said.
“You might have a phobia but you can overcome that.
“I still have my own fears about them, but for me, it’s just being aware of what I’m going into.”
Rentokil pest technician Chris Bowen at the Rentokil head office.