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  • 04 May 2022

    Programme now available for ICUP 2022

    PRESS RELEASE The programme for the three-day ICUP 2022 conference which will be held in Barcelona is now available and can be seen on the event website. When: 27 to 29 June 2022  Where: Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.... More

  • 29 April 2022

    New Omniveo fly trap 'designed to see it all'

    PRESS RELEASE A new range of professional UV flying insect light traps has been launched by Netherlands-based manufacturer, Alcochem Hygiene. Called the Omniveo range, this picks up on the Latin word Omni, meaning ‘all&rsqu.... More

  • 29 April 2022

    Natural Resources Wales share key bird licensing documents

    LICENSING Four new draft general licences and a report on the decisions surrounding those general licences are among the key documents being shared with pest controllers by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).  Following decisions.... More

  • 29 April 2022

    Check for these four signs of cockroaches this spring

    PESTAWARE Experts at a national trade body are urging householders planning a spring clean to look out for signs that cockroaches have entered their home. British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is encouraging houseproud residen.... More

  • 28 April 2022

    Glue Traps (Offences) Bill receives Royal Assent - what does this mean for pest management?

    LEGISLATION New legislation restricting glue trap use in England became law after receiving the go-ahead from the monarch, alongside several other animal health and welfare bills.  The Glue Traps (Offences) Bill, the Animals.... More

  • 27 April 2022

    Call in professionals if nesting birds pose a problem

    PRESS RELEASE Birds can cause a range of issues during nesting season, but interfering with wild birds, their eggs or nests could lead to prosecution, a national trade body has warned the public. British Pest Control Association.... More

  • 27 April 2022

    Glue Traps (Offences) Bill passes third and final reading in England

    LEGISLATION The Bill to restrict glue trap use in England has passed its third and final reading in the House of Lords unopposed and with no amendments.  This means that the Bill (available here) will now go for Royal Assent a.... More

  • 26 April 2022

    CRRU: Rodenticide surveillance finds stubborn barn owl residues

    PRESS RELEASE Rodenticide residues have been found in 88% of barn owls by the latest annual surveillance for the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime, operated by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. The previous year’s figure w.... More

  • 22 April 2022

    PestFix launch benefit scheme for BPCA Servicing members

    PRESS RELEASE From today (22 April 2022), PestFix is now offering a range of perks to all full BPCA Servicing members.  The benefits include: “BPC8”: 8% off the trade price on a host of core pest control produ.... More

  • 13 April 2022

    Pest professionals wanted to play charity football tournament

    BPCA member Beaver Pest Control are organising a charity football tournament to raise money in support of Ukraine.  The 7-a-side football tournament for teams made up of professionals within the pest control industry will help ra.... More

  • 13 April 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 13 - Challenges of rural pest control on dairy and livestock farms

    CPD VIDEO In this video BASF's Sharon Hughes discusses the challenges of pest control in rural environments and the effective ways to carry out treatments on dairy and livestock farms.   The British Pest Control Association (BPCA).... More

  • 13 April 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 13 - Adding bird management to your services

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Mark Wenman from Edialux explains why, if he can do bird management, so can you!  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management can learn, sh.... More

  • 13 April 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 13 - Switching to Selontra

    CPD VIDEO In this video BASF's Helen Hall talks about the key features and benefits of using the cholecalciferol Selontra bait.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest ma.... More

  • 13 April 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 13 - Bed bugs: know your pest

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Alexia Naylor from Cimex Store talks about one of the most despised pests there is - the bed bug!  She gives a pest overview, covering biology, behaviour and surveying. She also provides an insight into so.... More

  • 12 April 2022

    VIDEO: Trending analysis for EFK capture

    CPD VIDEO Auditors and assessors always expect to see comprehensive pest management records when visiting their customers' sites.  This often includes trending analysis for fly species, especially in sensitive areas such as food produc.... More

  • 12 April 2022

    NBC Environment acquired by Orkin

    PRESS RELEASE US-based Rollins Inc, best known for its subsidiary pest control brand, Orkin, finalised the acquisition of NBC Environment headquartered at Banham, Norfolk, in early April 2022. With a £500 Prince’s Tru.... More

  • 11 April 2022

    LNPS bids farewell to long-serving technician 

    PRESS RELEASE Newham-based London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) is toasting the retirement of Martin Lowther, after a long and distinguished career as a pest control technician.  Martin has worked with the LNPS team for.... More

  • 11 April 2022

    Details announced for PestWorld 2022 in USA

    PRESS RELEASE This year, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is extending a particularly warm invitation to all international delegates to attend PestWorld 2022. Where: Boston, Massachusetts, USA When: 11-14 October.... More

  • 11 April 2022

    Covid-19 restrictions being replaced by public health advice

    HEALTH AND SAFETY Covid-19 will remain a public health issue and guidance for workplaces is being replaced with public health advice. You can check the latest position and timescales for the nation you are working in: Englan.... More

  • 11 April 2022

    BPCA Member Award winners and meeting wrap up

    On 8 April 2022, BPCA held a wrap-up meeting for members to recap all the work of 2021. We also held our annual Member Awards. You can watch back the meeting here: President, Treasurer and Committee reports BPCA President Philip.... More

  • 10 April 2022

    1env head back out on the road

    PRESS RELEASE Following the success of their first ‘On The Road’ event back in July 2021, 1env are pleased to announce the date and venue for their next event. 1env will be heading to the West Midlands on the 28 April.... More

  • 06 April 2022

    Rare UK eagle’s rodenticide death shines spotlight on need for responsible rodent control

    PRESS RELEASE | Stewardship A poisoned white-tailed eagle found in Dorset is dramatic and regrettable evidence of the need for universally responsible use of rodenticides, states the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. "Whe.... More

  • 31 March 2022

    Contego making a difference at Yarm Primary School

    INTERVIEW BPCA member Contego's pledge to give back to their local community continues. In this article, they talk to Yarm Primary School about how their donation will make a difference to pupils.  As a company, Contego is com.... More

  • 30 March 2022

    New fruit fly attractant launched by IPS

    PRESS RELEASE Scientists in Cheshire have developed a new attractant to help monitor a serious economic pest of soft fruits including grapes, plums, cherries, currants, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. With its rapid spr.... More

  • 29 March 2022

    Bill to restrict glue traps passes second reading in England

    The Glue Traps (Offences) Bill has passed its second reading unopposed, with the exemption for pest controllers still included, through the House of Lords at Westminster.  Conservative peer Baroness Fookes argued that glue traps.... More

  • 28 March 2022

    Bed bug tape launched by Andermatt UK at PestEx

    PRESS RELEASE InsectoSec Tape was successfully launched by Andermatt UK at PestEx 2022 in March. This is a self-adhesive tape containing diatomaceous earth that can be used to discretely prevent and control bed bug infestations.&.... More

  • 25 March 2022

    VIDEO: PestEx 2022 review

    EVENTS A review of PestEx 2022 - the pest management show, which took place at the ExCeL in London on 16 and 17 March 2022. The first show back post-Covid, there was a buzz in the exhibition hall. Attendees were able to watc.... More

  • 23 March 2022

    Cliverton sets out charity goals as part of newly named Group 

    PRESS RELEASE Animal-related business insurance broker Cliverton is aiming to help reach a £250 million charity target as part of ambitious plans of rebranded parent company, Benefact Group. The Group, formerly known as Eccle.... More

  • 22 March 2022

    Andrew McDougall joins Pest Research Hub team at IPS

    PRESS RELEASE Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems has strengthened its research capabilities with the appointment of a Laboratory Coordinator. Andrew McDougall joins International Pheromone Systems as Laboratory Coordina.... More

  • 21 March 2022

    BASF calls out for pest control professionals who have switched to Selontra

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Manufacturer and Distributor member BASF is on the lookout for pest control professionals who have switched to Selontra® to join its growing ambassador programme. Since launching the award-winning cholecalc.... More

  • 21 March 2022

    Thousands of connections in London as PestEx returns  

    EVENTS After a longer than usual wait, pest professionals from all over the world came together last week as PestEx finally returned to the ExCeL in London. Around 1,458 people descended on the exhibition hall on 16-17 March to netwo.... More

  • 11 March 2022

    Barkwith Associates celebrate 20th birthday

    PRESS RELEASE Regulatory and technical support services business, Barkwith Associates, celebrate their 20th year in business this year.  Following a career of technical positions in the agricultural, horticultural and retail.... More

  • 10 March 2022

    Bayer to sell Environmental Science arm to Cinven

    BUSINESS BPCA member Bayer will sell its Environmental Science Professional business to Cinven for 2.6 billion U.S. dollars. Transaction streamlines Crop Science portfolio and ensures greater focus on core agricultural business .... More

  • 08 March 2022

    Bayer ES: Celebrating International Women’s Day 

    PRESS RELEASE On International Women’s Day Bayer Environmental Science have partnered with Pest Solutions to celebrate just some of the tremendous team and their achievements within the Pest Control Industry. Isabelle Duboi.... More

  • 03 March 2022

    Free musculoskeletal (MSD) online assessment tools available

    Health and safety The assessment part of HSE's digital MSD tools are now available to use free of charge. Pest technicians in their everyday lives will all be affected by repetitive activities and manual handling; take advantage of the.... More

  • 03 March 2022

    VIDEO: Hierarchy of rodent control

    CPD VIDEO Every treatment we undertake we need to consider our hierarchy of control. We need to consider the most appropriate control technique that'll be successful while balancing this with the risks of using that option. During this.... More

  • 03 March 2022

    Urban foxes PhD project looking for pest control support

    RESEARCH Nathan Williams, a Bournemouth University PhD student, needs help from pest technicians in Southern England who carry out urban fox control for a study on population dynamics.  The PhD project aims to understand how.... More

  • 02 March 2022

    BPCA Member Awards 2022 finalists announced

    Your Association The shortlist of finalists has been announced for the BPCA Member Awards 2022.  The awards celebrate positive contributions made by members to the Association and the wider pest management sector. The a.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Professional Pest Controller issue 106 (PPC106) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC106 MARCH 2022 Professional pest controller magazine issue 106 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 a.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Pests in politics: Winter 2021-22

    News | PPC106 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. PPC helps keep you firm.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Pests in the press: Winter 2021

    News | PPC106 As the weather turned colder, press attention invariably shifted to the critters – cockroaches, fleas and the like – that decided to move into homes and businesses for the winter. Regional newspapers across th.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    A dog’s dinner? New label conditions on ‘robustness’ of rodenticide bait boxes

    Technical | PPC106 Changes required by the 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 te.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Ask the technical team March 2022

    Technical | PPC106 Delusional parasitosis, wasp nest legalities, roadkill and live capture trap dispatch are looked at in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: Delusional parasitosis is a tricky subject and should.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Pests vs Public health: Animal welfare paper review

    Technical | PPC106 You may have read about the recent publication of Dr Sandra Baker’s paper on the assessment of common rat management methods and related welfare impacts. Regular PPC contributor Chris Cagienard, Managing Director of B.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Public health vs Pests: Medical problems and infections from pests

    Technical | PPC106 The purpose of good pest management has always been to protect our health when certain animals come within problematic proximity to people. We asked Dr Alex Kew from University College London Hospitals to look at the pub.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Opinion: When is a pest not a pest?

    Opinion | PPC106 BPCA Chief Exec Ian Andrew talks through what makes a pest a pest, and gives tips for professionals looking to help protect their toolkits from these challenges.  Never before has our sector’s relationsh.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Environmental Risk Assessments and how to deal with them

    Technical | PPC106 “Don’t roll the dice when it comes to protecting the planet; always do environmental risk assessments”, says BPCA Head of Technical, Dee Ward-Thompson. In this article she takes it back to basics and exp.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Public health and safety bird control licences in the UK

    Technical | PPC106 Given how fast things have changes in the world of bird management over the last few years, it can be hard to keep track of the status of various bird control wildlife licences. Wildlife licences are regularly review.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    A six-pack in 75 days? Healthier routines for pest professionals

    Health and safety | PPC106 Michael Coates, co-founder of Combat Pest Control, is a military veteran passionate about promoting psychological and physical health in the pest management community. Michael shares his learning about looking af.... More

  • 01 March 2022

    Meet the member: Channel your pest control passion

    Meet the member | PPC106 Rob Long is the founder and owner of Sabre Kent Pest Control, and former BPCA Board member. He spoke to PPC about his time on BPCA Committees and why you should volunteer.  PPC: How did you get started.... More