Pest control sector news and updates

Latest industry news for the UK pest management sector by British Pest Control Associaton (BPCA). Professional Pest Controller (PPC) online is packed with up-to-date business and legislation updates for pest management professionals, pest technicians and business owners. See the latest press releases from across the sector. Got a press release that should be here? Send it to us now!

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  • 27 June 2022

    New member benefit: Discounted training directly from Wade Environmental

    MEMBER BENEFIT BPCA consultant member Wade Environmental is now offering a discount on training courses for other members and their employees.  Courses are run by industry expert Alex Wade and cover a variety of pest control-relat.... More

  • 22 June 2022

    IPS uses KickStart Scheme to find new employee

    PRESS RELEASE Cheshire-based company International Pheromone Systems has helped a young graduate to secure his first job thanks to the Government’s KickStart Scheme. Matthew Halton was struggling to find a job and doing vol.... More

  • 21 June 2022

    New Welsh general licences for bird control now available

    LICENSING Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has today (21 June) published four new general licences for the control of wild birds, ahead of them coming into force on 1 July 2022. This follows the completion of NRW’s review of its app.... More

  • 16 June 2022

    PestFix sets date for grand opening of new storefront

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member company PestFix is opening a storefront in Chichester, calling it "the first of its kind in the south and possibly in the UK". PestFix is hosting a grand opening on 1 July at 10:30 am at Cedar Park, 30 T.... More

  • 14 June 2022

    Cliverton celebrates £100m giving milestone

    PRESS RELEASE Animal-related business insurance broker Cliverton has celebrated its parent group’s achievement of giving more than £100 million to good causes in a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. His Roy.... More

  • 14 June 2022

    Pest control football tournament smashes fundraising goal

    Beaver Pest Control's charity football tournament raised a whopping £2,789 for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal last month. The 7-a-side football tournament was made up of teams of professionals from within the pest contr.... More

  • 10 June 2022

    How to identify ‘things that go buzz’

    PESTAWARE As summer approaches, and ‘sting season’ sets in, experts at a national trade body are urging gardeners to learn more about ‘things that go buzz’. British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has produc.... More

  • 06 June 2022

    Dealey Environmental acquires MIDS Pest Control

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member company Dealey Environmental has acquired the commercial assets of MIDS Pest Control, an established Hertfordshire-based business. Managing Director Martin Cobbald explains that they chose to include MID.... More

  • 06 June 2022

    Daera reopen Northern Ireland Wild Bird Licence Consultation

    BIRD CONTROL Daera/Northern Ireland Environment Agency is currently considering the wild bird general licences for 2022/2023 and beyond. Similar consultations have already occurred in England, Scotland and Wales following legal c.... More

  • 06 June 2022

    BPCA launches 3D assessment on World Pest Day 2022

    Training  Today on World Pest Day 2022, we're launching a virtual competency assessment for rodent control, to help newly qualified pest technicians prove they can put their knowledge and skills into practice. BPCA’s Tec.... More

  • 01 June 2022

    Killgerm Group Ltd announces the creation of Killgerm France SAS

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member company Killgerm says they are delighted to announce an expansion into France with the creation of a new trading entity, Killgerm France. Rupert Broome, Group Managing Director of Killgerm Group, said: .... More

  • 01 June 2022

    Professional Pest Controller issue 107 (PPC107) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC107 JUNE 2022 Professional pest controller magazine issue 107 is out now and available to read online for free. The magazine can be read online or downloaded as a PDF  or you can join our Affiliate Scheme&n.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Pests in the press: January to March 2022

    News | PPC107 June 2022 Our regular PPC magazine feature, taking a look at public relations and how BPCA works with the press to educate the public about pest awareness. PestEx in the spotlight PestEx was the main story for BPCA i.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Pests in politics: Winter to Spring 2022

    With pest management under the spotlight, particularly regarding glue boards, BPCA has spent more time than ever monitoring what’s happening in the UK parliament and the devolved administrations. PPC helps keep you firmly in the loop..... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Review: PestEx 2022 round-up

    Events | PPC107 June 2022 After a longer than usual wait, pest professionals from all over the world came together for the first time in two years, as PestEx finally returned to ExCeL in London on 16 and 17 March. PPC's roving reporter, Ka.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    PestEx 2022: PestEx in numbers

    Events | PPC107 June 2022 A round-up in PPC107 of the key statistics and figures to come out of PestEx 2022: the pest management show.  SAVE THE DATE What: PPC Live When: 22 March 2023 Where: Yorkshire Event Centre, Harroga.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Should the pest management sector be licensed?

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 At PestEx a panel took part in a discussion titled 'Licensing is coming: look busy'. Here are the highlights. Papers, please! Pest professionals already operate under certain licensed conditions for som.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Three decades in wildlife management

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 At PestEx in March, Paul Butt gave a seminar on his experience working in the pest control field, with a focus on the highs, the lows and some examples of cases he worked on during his tenure in wildlife managemen.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Infographic: Techie legal toolbox

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 Pest management professionals aren’t just ‘ratcatchers’. In order to carry out our jobs safely and effectively, we need an understanding of the law. Here’s a quick rundown of the most im.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    How regulated is pest management in the UK?

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 Pest management is highly skilled work. However, entry requirements to the sector are lower than other comparable trades. We asked Senior Regulatory Manager Dawn Kirby from BPCA member company Rentokil to look.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    PestWatch: Field mice control

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 In this issue of PestWatch, guest author Chris Parmiter from BPCA Consultant Member company Pesttrain clarifies the legal nuances of controlling field mice in the UK. Clarification of rodenticide produc.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Accreditation standards in focus: Pest risk assessments

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 Food Accreditation Standards can be a minefield, with different specifiers needing different things from you. In this new series, Grahame Turner from BPCA Consultant member company PestAcuity, will turn his att.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Reporting pest control incidents

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 If you’ve worked in pest control for any amount of time you’ll have come across poor practice or potentially dangerous incidents. Likewise, established companies can be blighted by a poor techni.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Ask the technical team June 2022

    Technical | PPC107 June 2022 Field mice, glue traps ban, codes of best practice and rising prices for pest control products are all addressed in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: There is nothing in the law to.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Opinion: Who do you think you are?

    Opinion | PPC107 June 2022 Regular PPC writer Alex Wade from Wade Environmental is back – and this time he's talking through the opportunities licensing could bring. Listen to this article as an audio narration by the author .... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Am I covered? Making the diversification leap

    Business | PPC107 June 2022 Peter Knowles, Director at animal-related industries insurance broker Cliverton, looks at the opportunities of diversifying pest control services and the importance of managing the associated risks. To s.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Know your numbers: figuring out finances for your pest control business

    Business | PPC107 June 2022 If you’re serious about growing your pest control business, you will have to learn the basics of business finances. Reading and understanding a profit and loss report, and knowing where all your money.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Inflation and pest control: Time to put up prices?

    Opinion | PPC107 June 2022 If you’ve looked at your energy bills or recently fueled the van, you’ll be uncomfortably aware of how much the basic costs of doing business are going up. BPCA Marketing and Communications Manage.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Benefit in focus: Lobbying and public affairs

    Your Association | PPC107 June 2022 It’s probably not a benefit you think about every day, but it is one of the most crucial tasks your membership fees help fund. What is lobbying? How does it work? And what is BPCA doing to prom.... More

  • 30 May 2022

    Interview: Between two presidents

    Interview | PPC107 June 2022 At the time of writing, BPCA is saying goodbye to one president and introducing a new one. At PestEx, PPC caught up with then President Phil Halpin and President-Elect Chris Cagienard. PPC: Phil, cong.... More

  • 30 May 2022

    Interview: Come fly with me!

    Interview | PPC107 June 2022 Pest professional Mark Bower spoke to PPC about his time ‘down under’ and the wealth of overseas opportunities for pest controllers willing to step out of their comfort zones. In around 1998.... More

  • 30 May 2022

    TechAssure: Virtual assessment of practical skills and knowledge

    Training | PPC107 June 2022 BPCA has launched a 3D interactive competency assessment with support and funding from the Ufi VocTech Trust. BPCA Training and Development Manager Karen Dawes explains TechAssure and the gaps it helps fill.... More

  • 30 May 2022

    Member benefit: Marketing communications support and consultation service

    MEMBERSHIP It doesn't matter how fantastic your service is if the phone doesn’t ring. The more you consider your marketing and communications activity, the busier you’ll become.  We understand that running a pest manag.... More

  • 30 May 2022

    New member benefit: 10% off at B&Q with free TradePoint cards

    MEMBERSHIP BPCA has teamed up with TradePoint to offer BPCA members 10% off almost everything at B&Q/TradePoint, in-store and online.  All members can claim free TradePoint cards that have no minimum spend. The cards giv.... More

  • 26 May 2022

    Trade body’s 10 top tips to defend your fabrics from moths

    PESTAWARE Ventilating wardrobes and vacuum packing clothes are among the tips from a national trade body on protecting clothes and textiles from moths. British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has issued a new online guide to moth.... More

  • 25 May 2022

    Case study: Harmonix Rodent Paste helps PCO's in tricky situations 

    PRESS RELEASE In this article, Bayer Environmental Science talk to Lewis Clarke, LRC Environmental, about the benefits of using Harmonix Rodent Paste. Bayer said sales have proven extremely successful as technicians hear more abo.... More

  • 25 May 2022

    Guidance for professional users of Plant Protection Products

    AGRICULTURE If you use professional plant protection products as part of your work,  or if you have professional PPPs applied by a third party as part of your work in agriculture, horticulture, the amenity sector or forestry in Great B.... More

  • 25 May 2022

    New Asian hornet identification guidance out now

    MEMBER LIBRARY A new technical awareness and reporting guidance document, on identifying Asian hornets, has been published by BPCA and Bounty Consultancy Services. The new four-page document covers: The importance of correct.... More

  • 25 May 2022

    The future of glue boards in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

    LEGISLATION The Glue Traps (Offences) Act has received Royal Assent in England. We’ve had questions from members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland about what the legislation means for them. The Glue Traps (Offences) A.... More

  • 20 May 2022

    World Bee Day: how can pest professionals help bees?

    WORLD BEE DAY As pest experts, we all know how important bees are, which is why we've put together a list of ways you can help them this World Bee Day.  We love bees here at BPCA and we know you do too - that's why we create.... More

  • 17 May 2022

    LNPS make donation to East London kids

    PRESS RELEASE London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) has donated two timber summer houses to Early Start to enhance the facilities at two sites in East London. Early Start is a small company based in London, providing a range o.... More

  • 17 May 2022

    New member benefit: Find funding and get bespoke support with FundOnion

    MEMBERSHIP FundOnion and BPCA have teamed up to help pest management companies secure funding for growth. is a leading commercial finance brokerage that helps UK small businesses identify available financing o.... More

  • 16 May 2022

    John O'Conner buzzing about bee garden project

    PRESS RELEASE Staff at BPCA member company John O'Conner Pest Control have been working with some London residents on creating a 'bee friendly' garden.  Paradigm Housing residents at Lea Bridge House received ‘bee frie.... More

  • 12 May 2022

    New member benefit: Discounted IT, computing and tech advice with Dell

    MEMBERSHIP Dell UK and BPCA have teamed up to help pest control businesses grow, and to support members' IT needs. Dell is offering BPCA members up to 20% off laptops, desktops and accessories for their businesses. Employees.... More

  • 11 May 2022

    New control of field mice guidance document out now

    MEMBER LIBRARY A technical briefing and guidance document, on when and how field mice can be controlled, has been published by BPCA and Pesttrain. The new four-page document was requested by technicians and covers: Position.... More

  • 10 May 2022

    VIDEO: Carrying out pest control surveys

    CPD VIDEO How do we decide what we are going to do with any particular pest infestation? We survey it, right?  A lot of the time, surveys may be done in your head but. In some situations, it may be more appropriate (and profession.... More

  • 09 May 2022

    Terminix UK sold to Norvestor

    PRESS RELEASE Terminix Global Holdings, following its merger with Rentokil, has announced the sale of Terminix UK to Norvestor. The company said that the business will continue to remain focused on providing pest-free environment.... More

  • 04 May 2022

    Total Pest Control help with Ukrainian charity appeal

    PRESS RELEASE Didcot-based BPCA member Total Pest Control recently helped out with Ukrainian aid efforts by temporarily donating one of their work vehicles to charity workers in Cholsey, South Oxfordshire. The van left fully stocked on.... More

  • 04 May 2022

    Programme now available for ICUP 2022

    PRESS RELEASE The programme for the three-day ICUP 2022 conference which will be held in Barcelona is now available and can be seen on the event website. When: 27 to 29 June 2022  Where: Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.... More

  • 29 April 2022

    New Omniveo fly trap 'designed to see it all'

    PRESS RELEASE A new range of professional UV flying insect light traps has been launched by Netherlands-based manufacturer, Alcochem Hygiene. Called the Omniveo range, this picks up on the Latin word Omni, meaning ‘all&rsqu.... More