Professional Pest Controller Magazine Issue 109

PPC109 is out! It's a rodent wars special, with articles on the wonder of rats with Alex Wade, ship rats in Britain with Professor Stephen Harris and Oliver Madge gives us an overview in baiting strategies.

Plus we meet Bounty Pest Control as they celebrate their 25th year in business and we talk to regular contributor Michael Coates about corporate social responsibility.

And don't forget to check out the training and events calendars!


  • 11 November 2022

    PPC Live 2023 sneak peek - seminars, demonstrations, practical sessions and more!

    PPC Live 2023 PPC Live is a chance to get hands on with the latest and greatest pest management innovations, and to pick up some new skills along the way. Registration is open! Check out sneak previews of seminars, demonstrations, prac.... More

  • 02 November 2022

    Editorial: I’m no bait-station kicker or CPD box ticker.

    EDITORIAL | PPC109 October 2022 You’d think after 109 issues, we might run out of things to learn about rats and mice. Rodent control has come a long way since the Egyptians kept cats in their grain stores in 3000 BC. But th.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Pests in the press: July to September 2022

    NEWS | PPC109 October 2022 Press activity ramped up with appearances on television and radio for BPCA as a long hot summer drifted into autumn, while seasonal pests including wasps and maggots generated plenty of headlines in print and online.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Pest in politics: Autumn 2022

    NEWS | PPC109 October 2022 A new Prime Minister means a whole host of new government ministers to start making relationships with. British politics is still incredibly turbulent. However, BPCA’s lobbying work continues. Stay up-to-da.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    The wonder of rats - the incredible and sometimes disgusting things they do

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Rats are fascinating. We spend so much of our time around them, chasing them and tracking them, but when was the last time you stopped to truly watch them, in order to appreciate how, or even why, they act in.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Rodent baiting for pest controllers and environmental impact

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 In this article, BASF’s competent pest consultant, Oliver Madge, gives an overview of the purpose of baiting strategies and how environmental surroundings should inform a pest controller’s choice.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    PestWatch: Ship rats in Britain

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Ahoy there! Professor Stephen Harris has studied British mammals for nearly 60 years. His interest in ship rats began in the 1970s when, as a student at Bristol University, he obtained specimens of ship rats.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Dealing with dead rodent odours

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Our clients are often confronted with horrible odours from dead rodents. PPC asked Bill Vaughan from Earth Care to talk us through the approaches available to deal with those nasty smells. “....... More

  • 31 October 2022

    CRRU update for 2022 – how is rodenticide stewardship going?

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Dr Alan Buckle is Chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) UK. He gives an overview to PPC on where the stewardship scheme is at and where it’s going.  Jump to fig.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Ask the technical team October 2022

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Speed view Some animals and plants may have been transported here a long time ago and are considered ‘naturalised’, but these are still non-native species Disposing of waste should be part of yo.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    New Code of Best Practice - drain surveys

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 BPCA teamed up with drain survey experts Davy Brown and David Lodge, to provide a new Code of Best Practice on carrying out drain surveys for pest activity. In this article, Davy Brown gives an overview of w.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    5 basics for pest control success

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 We asked BPCA Technical Support Officer John Horsley to tell us his top five steps, big or small, to improve pest management outcomes. When we’re carrying out pest control we occasionally fin.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Sustainability and dynamic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for professionals

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Dynamic integrated pest management (IPM) is a more sustainable approach to pest control. Here, Envu explains how it minimises the impact on the environment, reduces the risk to non-target species and lowers t.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    How to professionally control wood pigeons – pest advice for professionals

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 What's up woodie? Dave Archer is an expert on wildlife management and rural pest control. In this issue of PPC, he tells us all about his experience of dealing with wood pigeons.  The wood pi.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Meet the members: 25 years of Bounty Pest Control

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC109 October 2022 This year, Kent-based Bounty Pest Control celebrated 25 years in business. We spoke to Elaine and Martin Rose-King about their pest control journey. The challenges The challenges of running.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Non-native species - do you know your obligations as a pest controller

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 The team at Scotland-based Pest Solutions encountered a traveller recently, so we asked Managing Director Chris Cagienard to explain the process when dealing with an imported non-native species. As.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Corporate social responsibility: what kind of impact can a pest management company create?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 When we hear the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ we often think about mega organisations and their box-ticking; things that companies do to make themselves look good for a PR opportunity. .... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Owning a pest control business - when do you break-even?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 Starting a new business can be a daunting and costly venture. We asked the owner of Blu Bookkeeping, Julie Holland micb, to give new business owners an overview of the importance of knowing initial business co.... More

  • 28 October 2022

    Developing your pest control skills with BPCA

    TRAINING AND CPD | PPC109 October 2022 In this article, BPCA’s Training and Professional Development Manager, Karen Dawes, explores why continuing professional development (CPD) can be a great tool for a pest professional’s deve.... More