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 January 2022

    Stay updated on changes to the Highway Code

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced significant changes to the rules for all types of road users from 29 January. DVSA say these rules changes will help to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and rid.... More

  • 26 January 2022

    Cleankill says goodbye to longest-serving pest control technician

    PRESS RELEASE Industry stalwart and Cleankill Pest Control’s longest-serving technician Phil Nye has retired after 20 years with the company. Phil started his career with Rentokil in 1977 as a technician, and was a field bi.... More

  • 26 January 2022

    New study says some methods of rat control fail to consider animal welfare impacts

    A study led by the University of Oxford has found that glue boards and anticoagulant poisoning are among the worst rodent management methods for their impact on rat welfare. Experts in pest control, animal welfare and veterinary medic.... More

  • 25 January 2022

    New for 2022: Add your BPCA Registered card to your Google or Apple Wallet

    This year, anyone on the BPCA Registered scheme can choose to have a digital flashcard version of their identification card available on their phone. Your digital pass lets you: Quickly scan into events Prove your identity to yo.... More

  • 24 January 2022

    Come see BBwear at PestEx 2022 for your chance to win an Ultra Bee Suit

    Cornwall-based beekeeping clothing manufacturer, BBwear will be making their PestEx debut this March. A family run business founded in 2000 by Belinda and Michael Bright, BBwear develop and produce a range of British made protective c.... More

  • 21 January 2022

    Plans to outlaw glue boards in Scotland announced

    On Thursday, 20 January 2022, the Scottish government announced plans to implement a total ban of rodent glue boards. The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) undertook a review of glue traps.  It concluded that there a.... More

  • 20 January 2022

    New certified bed bug detection dogs website launched

    PRESS RELEASE Bed Bug Foundation (BBF) has launched a new website specifically designed to make it easy for pest controllers to locate independently audited companies offering bed bug detection dog services. lists comp.... More

  • 20 January 2022

    Glue Traps (Offences) Bill passes committee stage without amendment

    LEGISLATION On Wednesday, 19 January, a committee of MPs gathered to scrutinise the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill line-by-line. Although two hours were scheduled for the meeting, it took only 45 minutes for MPs to decide to pass the.... More

  • 19 January 2022

    New appointments at pest control technology company Pelsis Group

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Pelsis Group is pleased to announce the appointments of new Chief Executive officer and Chief Commercial Officer. The appointment of Derek Whitworth as interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Pelsis Gro.... More

  • 18 January 2022

    New label conditions on "robustness" of rodenticide bait boxes

    Changes required by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to legally binding instructions on rodenticide product labels have significant implications for users in pest control, farming and gamekeeping. Updated text will appear on labels J.... More

  • 17 January 2022

    Pelsis acquires insect pest control systems manufacturer

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Pelsis Group has acquired manufacturer of flying and biting insect control systems, Brandenburg, for an undisclosed sum. Brandenburg has become a wholly owned subsidiary with all its 110 employees, custo.... More

  • 17 January 2022

    Night School pest control training courses return

    Following a successful first run of evening classes in 2021, BPCA Night School is back, with some new subjects and the same great pricing! A programme of bite-sized evening courses designed for busy pest professionals, we have a selec.... More

  • 14 January 2022

    VIDEO: Know your pesticide labels

    Pesticide labels exist on all of the products we may use in professional pest management and the importance of these labels is often overlooked. Not only is there useful, practical information about how to use the product effectively and sa.... More

  • 05 January 2022

    Defra publishes 2022 General Licences for bird control

    Defra has published updated General Licences for wild bird control in England, effective from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. The licences published are: GL40 - general licence to kill or take certain species of wild birds.... More

  • 22 December 2021

    Pelsis Group acquires Spanish pest control products businesses

    BPCA member Pelsis Group has acquired Madrid-based pest control products businesses Sanitrade and Vesta Distribuciones for an undisclosed sum, to expand Edialux offering.  The deal will enable Pelsis to further expand its operati.... More

  • 17 December 2021

    NRW confirm Welsh general licence extension until June 2022

    Natural Resources Wales confirm that current Welsh general licences for the control of wild birds will be unchanged until 30 June 2022.  Four general licences for bird control in Wales were due to expire on 31 December 2021. .... More

  • 17 December 2021

    VIDEO: Principles of waste management for pest professionals

    Management of waste is an important part of pest control and each company has a duty to dispose of it in accordance with legal requirements.  In this video, Natalie Bungay looks at different types of waste, methods of disposal and legi.... More

  • 16 December 2021

    Sri-Lankan based Exterminators Ltd to list company on stock exchange

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Observer member Exterminators Limited is delighted to announce that the company is planning to list on the Colombo Stock Exchange in January 2022, subject to obtaining relevant regulatory approvals in the near future.&nbs.... More

  • 15 December 2021

    Bayer add 1env to their pest control product distributor list 

    PRESS RELEASE Bayer kick off the new year by adding professional pest control suppliers, 1env to their distributor list, expanding their reach to pest controllers and increasing the accessibility of their products.  Alan Mor.... More

  • 14 December 2021

    BPCA charity of the year 2022 announced

    During lockdown the BPCA Staff team has been steadily raising money for men's health charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Tough at times due to the restrictions, the fundraising efforts began in March for #MarchTheMonth where the team walked.... More

  • 14 December 2021

    Pestforce celebrates success at 2021 conference in Warwickshire

    PRESS RELEASE On 25 November 2021 BPCA member Pestforce held its annual conference at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire. The objective of the conference was to celebrate success, meet colleagues, talk about the future and learn new stuff. H.... More

  • 14 December 2021

    Wild Justice claims win in Northern Ireland general licences case

    LICENSING Campaign group Wild Justice has issued a release celebrating a "landmark victory" in a legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s general licences for the control of wild birds. In November 2021, the group launched a l.... More

  • 14 December 2021

    Rentokil to buy Terminix in $6.7bn pest control deal

    BUSINESS BPCA member Rentokil will buy U.S.-based rival Terminix Global in a $6.7 billion deal, scaling up the company's pest control business in North America. Rentokil shares hit a record high after the announcement, climbing a.... More

  • 13 December 2021

    Girl, 11, dies in incident reportedly linked to "pest control products"

    Unidentified "pest control products" are believed to have caused the death of an 11-year-old girl in a building in east London. The child, along with three other people, was found unresponsive at an address on Sutton Street in Shadwell on S.... More

  • 13 December 2021

    BPCA shortlisted for TAF Best Practice Awards 2022 

    YOUR ASSOCIATION BPCA is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in six categories at the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2022.  Now in its nineteenth year, the TAF Best Practice Aw.... More

  • 10 December 2021

    Abridged CRRU Code of Best Practice to be made available for trainee pest technicians

    STEWARDSHIP CRRU announces intention to publish an abridged adaptation of the CRRU Code of Best Practice in pest rodent control in January 2022. The need arises because, as responsible pest controllers know all too well, annual m.... More

  • 10 December 2021

    VIDEO: Exploring mental health triggers for pest professionals

    Do you find yourself reacting negatively to people, emails or events at work? Maybe you get irritated by things people say and do, or you lack confidence in meetings, or you doubt yourself, never feeling good enough... If you experienc.... More

  • 09 December 2021

    Covid-19 update: new UK winter restrictions announced

    As the UK tries to stay ahead of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, new restrictions have been introduced which may impact the way pest control professionals carry out work.  At the end of November 2021, a new variant of Covid-19.... More

  • 07 December 2021

    Spotta partners with cleaning company to offer bed bug protection in UK

    PRESS RELEASE Spotta Smart Pest Systems has partnered with Stainbusters Cleaning & Hygiene Services as part of a strategic programme to bring full-service smart bed bug detection and treatment to accommodation-based businesses. .... More

  • 07 December 2021

    Case study: TrapMe rodent monitoring system for pest control

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Pelsis provides a case study on their real-time-data-driven rodent monitoring system, TrapMe, with the help of Safeguard Pest Control.  Safeguard Pest Control is one of the largest pest control comp.... More

  • 07 December 2021

    Act fast on Red Spider Mites, urges trade body

    PRESS RELEASE Swift action is needed to tackle an infestation of Red Spider Mites, which can sometimes move into buildings in large numbers during the autumn. National trade body the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is ur.... More

  • 02 December 2021

    Pest control company scoops award for work during Covid-19 pandemic

    PRESS RELEASE London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) is celebrating after winning the ‘Covid Response & Resilience’ award at this year’s Newham Business Awards. The category recognises businesses that have.... More

  • 30 November 2021

    Sri-Lankan based Exterminators Ltd named 'Great Place to Work'

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Observer member, Exterminators Limited, are delighted to announce that the company is Asia’s first pest control business to be certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’. The company created history by sc.... More

  • 25 November 2021

    VIDEO: Guidance on CRRU stewardship for rodenticide use

    Since 2015 the use of rodenticides in the UK has been controlled through the CRRU stewardship regime. In this video, Natalie Bungay explains what the CRRU code of best practice covers and what you need to consider in order to comply with it.... More

  • 25 November 2021

    2022 key updates to employment law in the UK

    HR AND BUSINESS We've summarised some of the key changes to employment law which come into force next year in the UK and are likely to affect pest management businesses.  Increase in National Insurance contributions .... More

  • 24 November 2021

    Live bee removal franchise announces launch of Solihull Redditch branch

    PRESS RELEASE PGH Beegone, the pest control and live bee removal franchise, is ready to launch its second franchisee, who will run his own business covering Solihull, Redditch and the surrounding areas.  This can only s.... More

  • 24 November 2021

    Trial sites needed to help in fight against Garden Chafer

    PRESS RELEASE International Pheromone Systems is looking for trial sites as part of its work to develop lures and traps to help monitor and control an insect pest that is menacing golf courses, race courses, amenity gardens and parks a.... More

  • 24 November 2021

    BASF celebrates first year anniversary of rodenticide bait Selontra

    PRESS RELEASE BASF Pest Control Solutions has celebrated the first year anniversary of its award-winning rodenticide, Selontra. This resistance busting rodenticide bait, which last month was awarded the Pest Best Product of the y.... More

  • 18 November 2021

    VIDEO: Glue board update - November 2021

    We’ve had loads of glue board and Glue Trap (Offences) Bill related questions this week. Take a look at BPCA Chief Exec Ian Andrew’s 5-minute update to stay in the loop. . More

  • 17 November 2021

    PestWorld 2021 delivers: a return to face-to-face

    International Press Release PestWorld, the annual convention and exhibition organised by the American pest control trade association, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) was held in Las Vegas, USA from November 2-5, 2021. .... More

  • 16 November 2021

    NRW extend Welsh general licences into 2022

    GENERAL LICENCES Four general licences for bird control in Wales, which were due to expire on 31 December 2021, will be reissued for a short period in 2022.  Following a consultation by Natural Resources Wales, which ran for.... More

  • 15 November 2021

    Brandenburg UK on a mission to reduce carbon emissions

    PRESS RELEASE Brandenburg UK is on a mission to help other companies reduce their carbon emissions. Brandenburg’s professional insect control systems and fly trap technology are manufactured in the UK and shipped to 140 cou.... More

  • 15 November 2021

    Smallholders: Ten tips on maintaining your yard to help prevent pests

    PRESS RELEASE Smallholders are being reminded to prioritise pest prevention with a few handy tips on yard maintenance. National trade body the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is advising rural businesses to put in place.... More

  • 11 November 2021

    Professional Pest Controller issue 105 (PPC105) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Professional pest controller magazine issue 105 is out now and available to read online for free. The magazine can be read online or downloaded as a PDF  or you can joi.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    Pests in the press: Summer 2021

    NEWS | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 In our new regular feature, we take a look at public relations. BPCA spends lots of time working with the press to educate the public about pest awareness and the importance of using a BPCA member for all pest.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    Back to basics: treatment reports

    TECHNICAL | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Q: As a professional, what’s the best way to protect yourself from legal action when working with harmful chemicals and specialist equipment in homes and businesses? A: A pest ma.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    Pests in politics: Summer 2021

    NEWS | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 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. This.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    Digital pest control: a wild frontier

    OPINION | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Daniel Schröer is the CEO of Futura, a company specialising in digital, toxin-free pest control solutions, based in Germany. He’s also the host of the popular pest management podcast Talking Pe.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    PestEx 2022 exclusive sneak-peek

    EVENTS | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 While PestExtra brought us together virtually, we’re ready to be united again in those halls! Here’s an exclusive sneak-peek at some of our confirmed plans. The best seminar theat.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    What's out there? Digital pest management reporting software

    TECHNICAL | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Making the switch from paper reports to digital might feel daunting, but there are plenty of potential benefits.  We reached out to the pest control software marketplace to help you decide if the.... More