08 September 2022

Professional Pest Controller issue 108 (PPC108) out now

CONTENTS | PPC108 September 2022

PPC108 is out now, with a focus on wellbeing, mental health and hobbies. We have articles on staff wellbeing, plus a round-up of things BPCA members and our staff team like to do in their spare time.

We also take a look at insecticide formulations with Alex Wade and site folder specifications for food clients with Grahame Turner.

Plus we have tips on social media success with Pest-Tech's Kelly Farrant and an interesting look into wasp lifecycles from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute (CRI).

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



Editorial: You can’t do a good job – if your job is all that you do!

In this issue of PPC magazine, editors Scott and Dee talk about why it's important to take some time for yourself and unwind from the grind. Read more >

Pests in politics: Summer 2022

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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. Read more >

Pests in the press: April to July 2022

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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.  Read more >

ICUP Barcelona 2022

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Held at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain from 27-29 June 2022, it had been a long time coming for this event. Here Frances McKim gives a rundown of the seven main talking points from the conference. Read more >

Rejecting misery: hobbies and happiness

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BPCA member company Bayer Environmental Science has teamed up with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to talk about the benefits of a healthy work/life balance. Read more >

Hobbies in the pest control industry

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We asked PPC readers, “what’s your hobby?” and boy did you all deliver! Take a look at what the professional pest control community and the BPCA staff team does for fun. Who knows – you could discover your next out-of-hours passion project. Read more >

Healthy habits pest control professionals

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Regular contributor Michael Coates from Combat Pest Control shares his simple tips for prioritising our health at work and in our spare time.  Read more >

Investing in health and wellbeing for pest management companies

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How can employers and companies look out for signs and help their most valuable asset, their employees? Raj Kakar Clayton, Managing Director at Which? Trusted Traders explains. Read more >

Beekeeping for pest controllers: things you should know

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Could you be a beekeeper? You should have a better idea once you’ve read this article. Andy Lee, from BPCA member company AML Pest Control shares his experience of starting this exciting hobby. Read more >

The lifecycle of a wasp

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The wasp life cycle is a fascinating process. Read all about it in this article from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute (CRI). Read more >

Know your formulations

How well do you know your insecticide formulations? Regular contributor Alex Wade helped us put together this handy little formulations guide.  Read more >

Pest control folder contents for food clients

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Regular contributor Grahame Turner from BPCA Consultant member company PestAcuity is back! This time he’s turning his attention to your pest control folders. Read more >

Meet the member: Social media success for pest companies

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Kelly Farrant is the owner of Pest-Tech Ltd in Maidstone, Kent. From a career in the military to starting Pest-Tech  eight years ago, Kelly’s business is going from strength-to-strength. Here he tells PPC how social media has helped his business get bigger and busier. Read more >

TV, literature and games for pest controllers

Do you love pest control so much that you want to carry on in your downtime? We’ve got you covered. These are our favourite television, books and video games for pest professionals. Read more >

New BPCA member benefits for Summer 2022 – a wrap up

At BPCA, we've worked hard to put together an exclusive new package of membership benefits for all our members. Read more >

Meet the member: Success and challenges as a franchising business

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Sean Taylor talks about Pestforce, how the franchise business model works and the ups and downs of running a business. Read more >

Why pest controllers should join the airsoft community.

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Adam Shenton is Head Marshall at PTC - Airsoft Warrington, owned by Bomb Up Airsoft. He gives PPC a quick rundown on what airsoft is and how you can get involved in the hobby. Read more >

What's the future for pest qualifications?

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At Digital Forum 14, BPCA’s Training and Development Manager, Karen Dawes, gave a short presentation on a volunteer-led project to review the qualifications and development pathway available to the pest management sector. Read more >

Pest management crossword puzzle


Time for a quick break? How about a pest control crossword to distract you from the stresses of everyday life? There’s nothing like a puzzle to help you slow down, reset, and flex your geeky pest control knowledge muscles! Read more >

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