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  • 23 September 2021

    VIDEO: Cluster fly pest control

    Autumn can often be a busy time for pest controllers as cluster flies begin making their way into buildings, looking for a spot to overwinter. During this video, Natalie Bungay looks at the biology of cluster flies and the control options o.... More

  • 22 September 2021

    Insect-O-Cutor launches new third generation PlusZap for flying insects

    PRESS RELEASE  Insect-O-Cutor, a Pelsis brand, has launched a new product to control flying insects in indoor, commercial environments. PlusZap is a powerful electric fly killer features pre-installed, staggered UV lamp.... More

  • 16 September 2021

    HSE ventilation advice for returning office workers

    Fresh air supply and good ventilation is key to a safe working environment as pandemic continues, according to the Health and Safety Executive.  The law requires employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in enclose.... More

  • 16 September 2021

    New pest consultancy launched in UK

    PRESS RELEASE  PestAcuity is a new independent pest control consultancy founded by well-known industry figure Grahame Turner, with the specific aim of providing technical support to both pest control users and providers throu.... More

  • 14 September 2021

    2021 National Pest Awards winners announced

    The winners of the first-ever National Pest Awards 2021 were announced at a ceremony in the House of Commons on 9 September. Almost all winners were BPCA member companies. During a fantastic black-tie evening, attendees.... More

  • 13 September 2021

    Membership Applications (Sept 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 rachel@bpca.org.uk no later than Monday 20 September 2021 Se.... More

  • 03 September 2021

    Membership Applications (Sept 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 rachel@bpca.org.uk no later than Friday 10 September 2021 Servicing .... More

  • 02 September 2021

    Bad may actually be good, says food industry auditor

    PRESS RELEASE When it comes to audits within food premises, bad may actually be good. This surprising statement comes from AIB international food auditor Thomas Auer, during his recent interview with Daniel Schröer, host of the online.... More

  • 02 September 2021

    Registration is open for PestEx 2022 - the pest management show

    After a year-long postponement, PestEx the pest management show returns to London in 2022. Registration is open for the biggest celebration of professional pest management in the UK. From 16-17 March, pest professionals from.... More

  • 01 September 2021

    HSE call for evidence on lead ammunition

    Pest professionals are being asked to provide information to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), relating to the use of lead ammunition in parts of the UK. HSE are gathering the information and evidence to support the develop.... More

  • 27 August 2021

    VIDEO: Live capture trapping

    Live capture traps are an essential tool in a wider arsenal of control options available to professional pest controllers. In this video, Natalie Bungay looks at what pest controllers need to consider when using live capture traps.  .... More

  • 27 August 2021

    LNPS to offer golden handshake to new recruits

    PRESS RELEASE Qualified pest technicians are being offered a golden handshake of £1,000 by London-based BPCA member LNPS to help with apparent labour shortages. The haulage industry is not the only sector suffering from a l.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Professional Pest Controller issue 104 (PPC104) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Professional pest controller magazine issue 104 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 Affilia.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Animal Welfare Action Plan and pest management

    LEGISLATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 On 12 May, the government published an action plan for animal welfare which has implications for the whole pest management sector. While the ban of glue boards via the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill might.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    The glue board ban in New Zealand

    LEGISLATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Ireland, New Zealand and the Australian state of Victoria are regularly cited examples of places that have successfully banned rodent glue boards. How have professionals in these countries adapted?.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    The elephant in the glue trap

    ANIMAL WELFARE | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 The attack on glue boards and the Government’s Animal Welfare Action Plan represent a direct risk to our pest management toolkit. PPC Editor Scott Johnstone looks at the motivations behind ref.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Opinion: Glue board ban and the failure to self-regulate

    OPINION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Losing something from our toolkit never feels great, but what are the ramifications for the sector? Henry Mott is MD of BPCA member company Conquer Pest Control and the former president of CEPA. He takes a.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Opinion: There's nothing evil about me

    OPINION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 ‘Humane’ – a word we often hear these days. But what does it mean, and how does this relate to pest management? Regular columnist Alex Wade of member company Wade Environmental investigates..... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Opinion: We should be animal welfare activists

    OPINION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 We need to fully engage with this process of heightened animal welfare awareness; it’s the best strategy to protect our industry, toolbox, and the direct threats to public health that unwanted pests can pose.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Don't bug me: non-pest insects

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Paul Westgate, of BPCA member company Veritas Pest Consultancy, explains how a little entomology know-how can go a long way. SPEED VIEW:  Pest species represent less than 0.5% of Britis.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Rodents detect landmines, sniff out TB, find disaster victims

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 When it comes to thinking about disease, rats are usually thought of as vermin that carry plague and pestilence. But what about rats being used to sniff out diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) in people&r.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Rodent baiting: techniques and terminology

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 The use of rodenticide baits has changed significantly over the last few years, but that’s not to say that rodenticide use has altered. How we use them, but not why we use them, has evolved. He.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    PestWatch: Insects that destroy wood in buildings

    PESTWATCH | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 We’ve had a few requests for information on the highly-specialised property care pests - wood-boring insects. The Property Care Association takes over our usual feature with an introduction to wood-de.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    The BPCA Standard: what does it take to be a BPCA member?

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA’s Head of Technical and Membership, looks behind the BPCA logo to see what the ‘BPCA standard’ really is and why we think that BPCA membership is still the high.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Ask the technical team August 2021

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Field mice, bait box tampering, relocating wasps and reporting misuse of amateur pesticides are tackled in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: No rodenticides in.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    18 months on: essential pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 On 13 April 2020, George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), confirmed pest management was an essential sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time o.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Member benefit in focus: Business Shield

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Did you know you have a free health and safety and employment law service at your fingertips? It’s called BPCA BusinessShield and is just one of the many value-added benefits available to all B.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: To bee or not to bee

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Ian Fuller (B.Eng) at Swarmcatcher has been removing and relocating live honey bees for more than a decade. In this article, BPCA’s Comms Officer Kat Shaw talks to him about his bee removal b.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: 25 years of pest control at Des Bone

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 BPCA’s Communications Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Ann Bone, of Des Bone Ltd, about their quarter-century journey as a pest management business. Sussex-based Des Bone Limited was established o.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: Next Gen Pest Tech

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Jack Tully is the first apprentice pest technician at BPCA member Integrum Services and passed his RSPH Level 2 earlier this year at just 17 years old. He took part in a quick-fire question session wi.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    A fond farewell to Stephanie

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 After almost ten years of outstanding service, we said ‘farewell’ to our Finance Officer Stephanie Costopoulos at the end of July, who decided retirement was calling. Despite b.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet your new BPCA team members

    Your Association | PPC104 August 2021 You may have seen that we’ve had a bit of a recruitment boost at BPCA recently. Four people are joining our Staff team in the coming weeks, in the Membership, Technical and Finance teams. He.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Sink or swim? Keep your head above water as a non-technical pest control employee

    Training | PPC104 August 2021 The BPCA Staff team is packed with professionals who are specialists at what they do – our fab technical team, of course, but also other areas like finance, membership, CPD and marketing. Ho.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Enter the Ratrix

    TRAINING | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Can you imagine a world where a learner driver takes their theory test and, upon passing it, is immediately allowed to drive unsupervised on the road? No, that would be dangerous and irrespo.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Pestflix and chill: free CPD resources for pest professionals

    CPD | PPC104 August 2021 Pest professionals love learning and sharing knowledge. Yet some of us still end up cramming in our CPD hours towards the end of the year leading to the value of professional development being somewhat diminished.... More

  • 16 August 2021

    HSE accept BPCA as UK REACH Accredited Stakeholder

    HSE has accepted BPCA to represent professional pest management’s interests in UK REACH and chemical regulation as an Accredited Stakeholder Organisation (ASO). HSE acts as the Agency for UK REACH. REACH stands for Registration.... More

  • 13 August 2021

    Membership Applications (August 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 rachel@bpca.org.uk no later than Friday 20 August 2021 Servicing Eco.... More

  • 11 August 2021

    IPS launches new sticky moth trap

    PRESS RELEASE Following two years of testing, International Pheromone Systems has launched a new product that will help both commercial pest controllers and homeowners to manage moth infestations. The pre-baited clothes moth boar.... More

  • 10 August 2021

    CONFIDENTIAL: Executive Board Update July 2021

    Some useful snippets, updates and actions for July (and early August): 1. Operational Matters i) Staff team - General Beth Reed, our Sales Executive, remains on part-time furlough and that situation will not ch.... More

  • 06 August 2021

    Dates announced for ICUP 2022 conference

     PRESS RELEASE After the disruption and postponement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers of the International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) are now delighted to announce the dates of their rescheduled 2020 Conference. .... More

  • 06 August 2021

    Pelsis Group acquired by Pamplona

    PRESS RELEASE Pelsis Group has announced it will be acquired by specialist investment manager Pamplona Capital Management this September. Pelsis has been owned for the past four years by Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the.... More

  • 05 August 2021

    Changes to BPCA Exec Board as Martin Harvey steps down

    Former BPCA President Tom Holmes rejoins the BPCA Executive Board as Immediate Past President, while Martin Harvey takes a step back. Martin was elected to the Board in 2010, appointed as Vice-President in 2012 and President in 2014.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Choose professionals to protect wild birds, says trade body

    PRESS RELEASE Bird deterrents used on buildings, such as spikes and netting, must be installed by a professional to protect both wild birds and property, a national trade body has said. British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Five new document templates - perfect for client folders

    BPCA has released five new pest management document templates which are now available for members to download. The resources have been developed at the request of members and are designed to be customised to your liking or inspire you.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Major changes at International Pheromone Systems

     PRESS RELEASE Fast-growing Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has strengthened its technical team with the promotion of Payman Shafighi to the new role of Technical Business Development Manager. The n.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    PestWest® flies high with another award-winning night for flyDetect®

    PRESS RELEASE PestWest was announced the winner of the Digital Engineering/Technology Award for flyDetect® at the Made in Yorkshire Awards ceremony on 29 July. The prestigious manufacturing dinner was held at t.... More

  • 03 August 2021

    Let’s keep glue boards for professionals, says BPCA

    BPCA has begun its lobbying effort to keep rodent glue boards in the toolkits of pest professionals. In June, the UK government issued details on the Glue Traps (Offences) legislation, designed to ban the sale of rodent glue boards in.... More

  • 03 August 2021

    Funding secured for gadget that identifies apple moth pest

    PRESS RELEASE MothNet, a partnership between two companies, has secured funding from Innovate UK to develop a fully automated codling moth monitoring system for apple growers. The codling moth is a major pest of fruit such as app.... More

  • 03 August 2021

    Membership Applications (August 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 rachel@bpca.org.uk no later than Tuesday 10 August 2021 Servicing Hy.... More

  • 22 July 2021

    John O’Conner expands despite pandemic challenges

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member John O'Conner expands team and invests in a new fleet of vehicles, despite Covid-19 challenges.  The well-established grounds maintenance business has bought a brand new fleet of vehicles due t.... More