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  • 18 June 2021

    Manage mental health at work with FREE ISO for small businesses

    For a limited time, BSI are offering the ISO 45003 Standard free of charge to any small business that has under 100 employees and a turnover less than £25 million. This standard has been written to help companies support the ment.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    Beaver announce new Head of Compliance and Client Retention

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Beaver are pleased to announce, after interviewing both externally and internally, that James Wood has been offered the position of Head of Compliance and Client Retention. The job has many facets and Ja.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    UK government confirms plans to ban rodent glue boards completely

    The UK government has issued details on the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill to crack down on “inhumane rodent traps”. In a government press release it states: “Glue traps are a widely available and cheap method of pe.... More

  • 15 June 2021

    CEPA President steps down

    After three years, Henry Mott has resigned as President of CEPA, the European Pest Management Solutions Professional Association. Following Henry's resignation, former Vice-President Marc Aubry has been voted as President and Mon.... More

  • 09 June 2021

    National Pest Awards 2021 finalists announced

    The shortlist of finalists for this year’s National Pest Awards has been announced by organisers Pest magazine.   Run in association with BPCA, the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) and Basis Prompt, the Nati.... More

  • 08 June 2021

    Membership Applications (June 2021)

    The following companies are applying for membership of the BPCA. In the event that you have an objection to them joining, please provide your reasons (in writing) to no later than Tuesday 15 June 2021. Servicing .... More

  • 08 June 2021

    Spotta strengthens global reach with new resellers

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Spotta Smart Pest System signs three new distributor agreements in North America and UK. Spotta has strengthened its global reach with three new distributor agreements: Pest-End Exterminators and Co.... More

  • 06 June 2021

    VIDEO: Happy World Pest Day 2021 #TechnicianTakeover

    Once a year, (6 June) the whole pest management sector across the world seeks to increase public, government, and media awareness of the important role we all play in protecting public health. Our #TechnicianTakeover project celebrates the.... More

  • 02 June 2021

    Look out for bed bugs on the move

    PRESS RELEASE The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is urging people to be vigilant to the presence of bed bugs as restrictions on overnight stays ease. BPCA is urging householders and businesses to keep watch for the tiny.... More

  • 01 June 2021

    Case study: Technology at heart of pest control company

    A Bayer case study showing Amicus embracing technology as part of an integrated pest control approach. Technology is currently the missing piece of the puzzle in many integrated pest control approaches, but it can play a fundamental role in i.... More

  • 31 May 2021

    Technicians takeover BPCA in lead up to World Pest Day

    Between 1-5 June, five technicians are taking over BPCA’s social media channels to show the world the essential role they play in protecting public health.   World Pest Day (6 June) is a worldwide campaign that aims to incre.... More

  • 28 May 2021

    Membership Applications (May 2021)

    The following companies are applying for membership of the BPCA. In the event that you have an objection to them joining, please provide your reasons (in writing) to no later than Friday 4 June 2021. Servicing .... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Upselling and Aftercare

    In this video, Kevin Higgins from Aries Training gives a talk on selling additional pest control services and building good customer relations. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone intere.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Innovation in Products with Lodi UK

    In this video, Matt Towler from Lodi UK gives a talk on pest control products. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management can learn, share and connect. T.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Leading a movement against suicide

    In this video, Rosy Candlin from the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) gives a presentation on mental health awareness.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested i.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Bird Licensing Update

    In this video, Ian Williams & Iwan Hughes from Natural Resources Wales give a talk about bird licensing changes in the country.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone in.... More

  • 20 May 2021

    Penalties for not telling HMRC about Covid-19 overpayments

    Failure to notify them of an overpayment of Coronavirus financial support could lead to fines, says HMRC. Covid-19 hit businesses hard and there were many financial support packages announced to try and cushion the blow for UK busines.... More

  • 19 May 2021

    Pelsis Group expands Edialux Professional team

    PRESS RELEASE Following news of the recent acquisitions of Edialux France and US based Bird-B-Gone, Pelsis Group has made four new staff appointments.  The new appointments are part of the company's international growth stra.... More

  • 19 May 2021

    Talking Pest Management chat with CEPA President

    A wide ranging questions and answers session about the role and objectives of CEPA (the European pest management services trade association) was recently held with CEPA President Henry Mott. The interviews are part of the Talking Pest Manag.... More

  • 18 May 2021

    Membership Applications (May 2021)

    The following companies are applying for membership of the BPCA. In the event that you have an objection to them joining, please provide your reasons (in writing) to no later than Tuesday 25 May 2021. Servicing .... More

  • 17 May 2021

    What is BPCA Registered ‘Check a Technician’?

    BPCA has launched a new tool so clients can check if a technician is on BPCA Registered, our individual recognition and CPD scheme. Anyone can now visit our Check a Technician webpage, type in a BPCA Registered number and get confirmation a.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    Covid-19 spot checks continue as lockdown measures start to lift

    As lockdown eases in stages, HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections on businesses in all sectors to confirm they have Covid-secure measures in place.   Being Covid-secure means being adaptable to.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    WANTED: Amazing pest technicians for social takeover

    We need five technicians to tell the world what pest management is all about. For World Pest Day 2021, we’re looking for up to five technicians to take over BPCA’s social media for the week (1-5 June). You’d nee.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    VIDEO: Principles of moth control for pest professionals

    Whilst the vast majority of moths found in the UK are harmless, a few are considered to be pests. In this video Natalie Bungay looks at why these can cause problems, the importance of control and the control options open to us as.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Professional Pest Controller issue 103 (PPC103) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC103 MAY 2021 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 Affi.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    President's viewpoint: Build back better

    President viewpoint | PPC103 MAY 2021 I happen to be writing this on ‘Pub-mas Eve’, the night before beer gardens and non-essential shops are set to reopen in England. The cautious optimism and gentle apprehension.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    PestExtra reviewed

    EVENTS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Trying something new is always nerve-racking. However, the BPCA team is nothing if not adaptable. When Covid-19 cancelled international shows, the Association pivoted its usual PestEx event; determined that pe.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Ask the technical team May 2021

    TECHNICAL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Plastic alternatives, carbon 'tyre-print', recycling and eco ideas are all covered in this green special issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: What are your suppliers’ views o.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Climate change pests: critical pest species for the next 20 years

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 As temperatures rise in the UK, Clive Boase, of The Pest Management Consultancy, looks at some of the invasive pests you might have to learn to manage in the future. Is the invasion over yet? Centuri.... More

  • 13 May 2021

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

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Effects of climate change are touching every living form on earth, including humans. Dr Partho Dhang, the author of ‘Urban Pest Control: A Practitioner’s Guide’, explores how this gener.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Opinion: Apocalypse when? A future without rodenticides

    OPINION | PPC103 MAY 2021 In this PPC article, Alex Wade from Wade Environmental asks what would happen if our fears over a ban on rodenticides came to pass. Before you roll your eyes and flip past this thinking this is anot.... More

  • 12 May 2021

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

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 BPCA Chief Executive Ian Andrew investigates NoCheRo, an initiative of the German Environment Agency that effectively wants to ban chemical control methods for rodents. SPEED VIEW:  NoC.... More

  • 12 May 2021

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

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 At PestExtra 2021, Dr Bastiaan Meerburg gave a presentation on the impact that reducing rodenticide use had on the Dutch approach to rodent control. SPEED VIEW: In the UK and the Netherlands.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    The science of smell: exploiting bed bug biology with pheromones

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Dr Laura Tugwell and Dr Victor Brugman, from Vecotech Ltd, track their innovation journey from scientific question to commercial product. Insights are shared into the technical processes and cutting-ed.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    So you want to fly hawks?

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Paul Wilson owns a small, family-run wildlife and pest control company: Independent Wildlife Management. He spoke to PPC about flying hawks as part of your pest management toolkit. Before you enter.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Are we there yet? Electric vehicles for pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 From tax hikes to electric charging points, going electric is a complicated subject. It’s only a matter of time before most commercial vehicles on UK roads are electric vehicles (EVs). The question isn.... More

  • 12 May 2021

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

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 In this guest blog Sean Taylor, Pestforce Managing Director and owner, asks how pest management professionals can work smarter and greener, to help tackle climate change and cut waste. I.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Sustainability certified with Planet Mark

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that supports any type of business wanting to help halt the climate crisis and improve society. PPC asked Planet Mark and its pest control company members to sha.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Meet the member: Shielding the planet

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC103 MAY 2021 In this month’s Meet the Member article, BPCA’s Comms Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Nicholas Illidge from Shield Pest Control, about membership of Planet Mark, the sustainability certificati.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Little and often sustainability

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Lorraine Norton, BPCA’s Operations Manager, looks at the steps a small, office-based business can take to reduce its carbon footprint. Terms such as ‘business sustainability’ and.... More

  • 12 May 2021

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

    OPINION | PPC103 MAY 2021 Lead as a form of ammunition in any form of weapon from a shotgun to a full bore rifle is continuing to fall out of favour; in many cases it is now illegal in the UK and indeed Europe. Regular contributo.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Staff leaving because of you? Managing pest control teams

    TRAINING | PPC103 MAY 2021 ‘Most people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers’ – why would that be? Often it’s because the manager has no training on how to manage. There’s a misplace.... More

  • 12 May 2021

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

    OPINION | PPC103 MAY 2021 In PPC103 Robert Moon, director of Applicateur3D, looked at whether British pest controllers should be licensed like those in France.  In 2010, having already lived in France for four y.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    BPCA Member Award winners announced at 2021 AGM

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC103 MAY 2021 The first-ever BPCA Member Awards were held this week at the digital BPCA AGM. The Awards celebrate positive contributions made by members to the Association and the wider pest management s.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Defra look to restrict glue traps for pest control in action plan for Animal Welfare

    Today (12 May), the government has published an action plan for animal welfare which includes the promise to support legislation to restrict the use of glue traps. The Action Plan for Animal Welfare was launched today by Environment S.... More

  • 11 May 2021

    PGH Beegone celebrates first franchisee

    PRESS RELEASE PGH Beegone Franchising Limited, the pest control and live bee removal franchise, is quick off the starting block after recruiting its first franchisee within six weeks of launching. David Hasler, of Ely, Cambridges.... More

  • 06 May 2021

    Membership Applications (May 2021)

    The following companies are applying for membership of the BPCA. In the event that you have an objection to them joining, please provide your reasons (in writing) to no later than Thursday 13 May 2021. Servicing LLP.... More

  • 06 May 2021

    Can rodents transmit Covid-19? A government report

    Defra and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) have presented a paper on the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infections in rodents occurring from exposure to humans. The paper was presented on 8 April 2021 and focused on answering three crucial.... More

  • 05 May 2021

    Pelsis announces Bird-B-Gone acquisition

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Pelsis Group has acquired a California-based leading manufacturer of humane bird deterrents as part of its international growth strategy. Bird-B-Gone has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Knar.... More

  • 04 May 2021

    Sports club grant scheme launched by Pestokill

    PRESS RELEASE A new grant scheme for sports teams and clubs of all shapes and sizes has been launched by BPCA member Pestokill, to help support sport, exercise and activities as the nation emerges from the latest lockdown. .... More