13 May 2021

Professional Pest Controller issue 103 (PPC103) out now


Professional pest controller magazine issue 103 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 and request a hard copy.

PPC103 is a sustainability special! We take a look at some of the invasive pests we might have to deal with as temperatures rise, the NoCheRo initiative aiming to ban chemical control methods for rodents and sustainability certification for businesses with Planet Mark.  

Plus we have articles on how climate change will impact pest control, 'little and often' sustainability tipsswitching to Electric Vehicles (EVs) and opinion pieces on the future of rodenticide and lead ammunition. And don't forget to check out the training and events calendars!



President's viewpoint

BPCA President Phil Halpin opens issue 103 of PPC magazine with a promise to keep pest sector awareness momentum going post-pandemic. Read >

PestExtra: reviewed

On the 16-18 March 2021, BPCA held the biggest online gathering of UK pest professionals in the UK. Here’s how it went. Read >

Ask the technical team May 2021: green special

Plastic alternatives, carbon 'tyre-print', recycling and eco ideas are all covered in this green special issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. Read >

Climate change pests: critical species for the next 20 years


As temperatures rise in the UK, Clive Boase, The Pest Management Consultancy, looks at some invasive pests you might have to learn to manage in the future. Read >

The heat is on: how will climate change influence pest control?

In PPC103 Dr Partho Dhang explores how this generation’s most significant threat will likely change how we control and eradicate pest species in the UK. Read >

Opinion: Apocalypse when? A future without rodenticides


In this PPC article, Alex Wade from Wade Environmental asks what would happen if our fears over a ban on rodenticides came to pass. Read >

Greener isn't always better: non-chemical alternatives for rodent control

BPCA Chief Executive Ian Andrew investigates NoCheRo, an initiative of the German Environment Agency that effectively wants to ban chemical control methods for rodents. Read >

A modern rat's tale: Dutch experiences with rodenticide reduction


At PestExtra 2021, Dr Bastiaan Meerburg gave a presentation on the impact that reducing rodenticide use had on the Dutch approach to rodent control. Read >

The science of smell: exploiting bed bug biology with pheromones


Dr Laura Tugwell and Dr Victor Brugman, from Vecotech Ltd, share insights into the technical processes and cutting-edge chemical ecology techniques behind the development of their new, research-led bed bug lure, BugScentsTM. Read >

So you want to fly hawks?

Paul Wilson, Independent Wildlife Management, spoke to PPC103 about flying hawks as part of your pest management toolkit. Read >

Are we there yet? Electric vehicles for pest management


Marketing Manager and PPC editor Scott Johnstone investigates whether the time is right for your pest control fleet to go electric. Read >

Plastic waste: is it time to think outside the box?

Pestforce's Sean Taylor asks how pest management professionals can work smarter and greener, to help tackle climate change and cut waste. Read >

Sustainability certified with Planet Mark

PPC asked Planet Mark and its pest control company members to share their vision for how we might all work together for a brighter future. Read >

Meet the member: Shielding the planet

In this article, BPCA’s Comms Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Nicholas Illidge from Shield Pest Control, about membership of Planet Mark, the sustainability certification. Read >

Little and often sustainability

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Lorraine Norton, BPCA’s Operations Manager, looks at the steps a small, office-based business can take to reduce its carbon footprint. Read >

Taking the lead? The future of lead ammunitions for pest management

Regular PPC contributor Dave Archer, from DKA Pest Control, asks: “Is it time to think about surrendering our lead?” Read >

Staff leaving because of you? Managing pest control teams

‘Most people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers.’ BPCA Chief Executive Ian Andrew shares his insights on management training. Read >

Opinion: Vive la France? Observations on pest control licensing in France


In PPC103 Robert Moon, director of Applicateur3D, looked at whether British pest controllers should be licensed like those in France. Read >

BPCA Member Award winners announced at 2021 AGM

The first-ever BPCA Member Awards were held this week at the digital BPCA AGM. Read >

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