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  • 29 September 2022

    Ready, aim, fire! Scientists build cockroach killing laser

    PRESS RELEASE Cockroaches are famously resilient - for years people believed they could even survive a nuclear bomb.  What they can’t survive is the new laser and artificial intelligence system designed by a scientist at Her.... More

  • 28 September 2022

    Avian flu control zones in force across East England

    PUBLIC HEALTH Following a number of cases of bird flu in across the east of England, a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared on 27 September in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex. Pest controllers in this area s.... More

  • 27 September 2022

    Call your GP or vet to remove ticks say pest experts

    PESTAWARE An upsurge in ticks could follow a long hot summer, according to experts at national trade body, British Pest Control Association (BPCA). Ticks, which are implicated in the spread of Lyme disease, can be inadvertently p.... More

  • 23 September 2022

    Nanogreen acquires Krypton Environmental Services

    PRESS RELEASE Nanogreen acquires BPCA member Krypton Environmental Services to round off their Soft Facilities Management offering. Following entry into the Soft Facilities Management space since 2020, Nanogreen announced their a.... More

  • 22 September 2022

    David French elected RSPH Fellow

    David French, from BPCA member company 5 Star Pest Control, has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).  A fellowship is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate a career commitment to th.... More

  • 22 September 2022

    Free SSIP Health and Safety Certification for BPCA members launched

    MEMBER BENEFIT BPCA has teamed up with inspection body CQMS Safety-Scheme to offer BPCA member companies a free SSIP Health and Safety Certification. Full BPCA members can get the certification by completing an online assessment direct.... More

  • 15 September 2022

    National Pest Awards 2022 winners announced

    The winners of the National Pest Awards were announced last night in an unforgettable ceremony in Central London. BPCA members secured the majority of the awards on offer.  The Awards were a prestigious showcase of professional pest co.... More

  • 09 September 2022

    HM Queen Elizabeth II: 1926-2022

    We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, on Thursday, 8 September 2022. BPCA joins everyone in the United Kingdom and across the world in sending our condolences to the Queen's family, and to all those whose.... More

  • 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.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Pests in politics: Summer 2022

    NEWS | PPC108 September 2022 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.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Pests in the press: April to July 2022

    NEWS | PPC108 September 2022 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. Landlords Engagement with landlords has been a recurr.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    ICUP 2022 - 7 key takeaways

    NEWS | PPC108 September 2022 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 conferenc.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Rejecting misery: the importance of work-life balance

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 Hobbies and activities have been proven to be extremely beneficial for mental well-being, but why? BPCA member company Bayer Environmental Science has teamed up with the Campaign Against Living.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Hobbies in the pest control industry

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 We asked PPC readers, “what’s your hobby?” and boy did you all deliver! Take a look at what the professional pest control community does for fun. Who knows – you could discov.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Healthy habits for pest control professionals

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 Our industry is one of talent, passion and dedication, yet we’re not celebrated for our physical prowess. Regular contributor Michael Coates from Combat Pest Control shares his simple ti.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Investing in health and wellbeing for pest management companies

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 In 2020 and 2021, 822,000 workers in the UK experienced work-related stress, depression or anxiety, according to a report by The Health and Safety Executive. With that in mind, how can employer.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Beekeeping for pest controllers: things you should know

    TECHNICAL | PPC108 September 2022 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.&.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    The lifecycle of a wasp

    TECHNICAL | PPC108 September 2022 What’s the queen up to in her down time? How are wasp nests built? And what happens if the queen dies?  The wasp life cycle is a fascinating process. Read all about it in this article from M.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Know your formulations

    TECHNICAL | PPC108 September 2022 How well do you know your insecticide formulations? Regular contributor Alex Wade helped us put together this handy little formulations guide. (Text view) EC  - Emulsifiable Con.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Pest control folder contents for food clients

    TECHNICAL | PPC108 September 2022 Regular contributor Grahame Turner from BPCA Consultant member company PestAcuity is back! This time he’s turning his attention to your pest control folders. What should be in your folder? Wh.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Meet the member: Social media success for pest companies

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC108 September 2022 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. He.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    TV, literature and games for pest controllers

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 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. Love, D.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    New BPCA member benefits for Summer 2022 – a wrap up

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC108 September 2022 Discounted waste service and advice line from Reliance BPCA member company Reliance Service Solutions is offering fellow members 8% off waste services and a free waste advice service. Alex Whel.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Meet the member: Success and challenges as a franchising business

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC108 September 2022 Sean Taylor talks about Pestforce, how the franchise business model works and the ups and downs of running a business. We've had quite a journey over the years, we’re proud to be par.... More

  • 05 September 2022

    Why pest controllers should join the airsoft community

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 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. Many of you.... More

  • 05 September 2022

    What's the future for pest control qualifications?

    TRAINING | PPC108 September 2022 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 pes.... More

  • 05 September 2022

    New member benefit: Discounted mobile phones and telecoms solutions from Radius

    MEMBER BENEFIT BPCA has teamed up with Radius Connect to offer exclusive discounts to BPCA members on their business mobiles, cloud telephone systems and broadband. Submit an enquiry or learn more Save up to 40% on the recom.... More

  • 01 September 2022

    New professions able to issue fit notes

    HR New legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to certify fit notes has been introduced by the UK government. Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and physiotherapists are now all able to legally c.... More

  • 01 September 2022

    VIDEO: Mouse control best practice and tips for management

    CPD VIDEO Apart from humans, the house mouse is one of the most prolific animals on earth and they can create some real challenges and problems when they are in the wrong place!  With this in mind, it is important that we have man.... More

  • 01 September 2022

    Cockroaches: Understanding behaviour and best treatment 

    PRESS RELEASE When a cockroach is spotted scurrying across a kitchen floor, whether it’s a domestic home or business, it can understandably be a cause for alarm. Here, BASF’s Helen Hall advises on some simple steps to comba.... More

  • 25 August 2022

    PestWorld, Boston: Early bird registration ends soon

    EVENTS If you are one of the many international delegates planning to attend PestWorld 2022 in Boston this October don’t delay making your booking, as the special discounted early bird registration rate ends on 14 September 2022. .... More

  • 24 August 2022

    Why the vacuum cleaner is your best weapon against fleas

    PESTAWARE Cleaners are best placed to spot possible flea infestations and to take action quickly, say experts at national trade body, British Pest Control Association (BPCA). BPCA’s Technical Manager, Natalie Bungay, says c.... More

  • 24 August 2022

    Industry mourns John Charlton

    We are sad to report the passing of former Rentokil technical manager, John Charlton. John worked at Rentokil for 37 years and was hugely respected in the industry. John left Rentokil in 2007 and had been carrying out independent audi.... More

  • 23 August 2022

    BPCA accredited as real living wage employer

    British Pest Control Association has gained accreditation as a real living wage employer, following assessment by the Living Wage Foundation. In April 2022, the government’s living wage (national minimum wage) was set at £.... More

  • 23 August 2022

    New monitoring lure for lined click beetle

     PRESS RELEASE A new lure has been developed by International Pheromone Systems that can help farmers to monitor all three types of Agriotes beetles.  Agriotes beetles are one of the most economically damaging pests of.... More

  • 17 August 2022

    Research reveals farmers aren’t aware of resistance issues on UK farms

    PRESS RELEASE Over three quarters of farmers in the UK are not aware if their farm is in an area of known rodenticide resistance, a survey by pest control solutions company, BASF, has revealed. The research, which aimed to gain a g.... More

  • 17 August 2022

    CRRU asks could delinquent minority restrict rodent control options for responsible majority?

    PRESS RELEASE Another year of “stubbornly static”, and in some cases rising, rodenticide residues in barn owls has prompted an uncomfortable question about the use of poison baits: could irresponsible practices by a delinquent m.... More

  • 16 August 2022

    Bayer ES becomes Envu following acquisition

    PRESS RELEASE Bayer’s Environmental Science arm has announced it will be called Envu going forward, following the successful close of Cinven’s acquisition of the business from the wider Bayer group. Pronounced “.... More

  • 12 August 2022

    BBKA holds fourth Asian Hornet Week this September

    PRESS RELEASE The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is holding its fourth Asian Hornet Week 5-11 September and is asking the public to download a new version of the free Asian Hornet Watch app on their phones. Download on Goo.... More

  • 12 August 2022

    False widow spiders call outs on the increase, says LNPS

    PRESS RELEASE London Network for Pest Solutions is advising care home managers, school maintenance officers and property managers to be on the look out for false widow spiders following an increase in callouts. In the last four w.... More

  • 11 August 2022

    VIDEO: Writing pest management treatment reports

    CPD VIDEO The first thing pest management professionals tend to learn is how to write a good treatment report, isn’t it? Well, it should be.  Treatment reports tell everyone what you've done, where you've done it and what yo.... More

  • 08 August 2022

    1env roadshow hits up Rotherham this autumn

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member 1env is continuing their on-the-road events, this time stopping in Rotherham on 15 September. Ollie Hewett from 1env said: “This free-to-attend event will be packed full of interesting talks f.... More

  • 08 August 2022

    Rokill Pest Control brand grows following new acquisitions

    PRESS RELEASE Following the Nurture Landscapes Group’s recent acquisition of BPCA member company Rokill Pest Control last November, the Group has acquired Alpha Pest Control in Stoke-on-Trent and Enserve Corporation Limited in Leeds. .... More

  • 01 August 2022

    Richard Moseley joins Syngenta's pest management team

    PRESS RELEASE Richard Moseley has been appointed to the expanding Syngenta Professional Solutions team as Commercial and Technical Manager. In his new role, Richard will support key customers and businesses across the UK and Euro.... More

  • 28 July 2022

    ICUP: 7 key takeaways from the 2022 conference

    EVENTS Delegates from across the globe were excited to be at the 10th International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) in Barcelona last month.  Held at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain from 27-29 June 2022, it.... More

  • 27 July 2022

    BPCA to hold Qualification Framework consultation events

    TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT Do pest control qualifications need an overhaul? Happy with what we have and don't want to see anything change? Whatever your view, we want to hear it!  BPCA is holding a series of online consultatio.... More

  • 26 July 2022

    PelGar International appoints Zeenat Turner as Marketing Manager

    PRESS RELEASE PelGar International continues to consolidate its team with the recent hire of Zeenat Turner as Marketing Manager. PelGar International is a British manufacturer of rodenticide and insecticide products for the control.... More

  • 22 July 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 15 - Termites: evolution, biology and ecology

    In this video, Steve Broadbent from Ensystex in Australia talks about termites; a destructive timber pest that keeps pest control companies Down Under very busy.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so e.... More

  • 22 July 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 15 - Invasive Crazy Tawny Ants in south US

    In this video, Dr Michael Bentley from National Pest Management Association (NPMA) talks about surviving the tidal wave of the invasive Tawny Crazy Ants in the US.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so.... More

  • 22 July 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 15 - Pests on the horizon: Spotted lanternfly

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Dani Lindley-Klassen from Defra talks about the Spotted Lanternfly and how it could be a future pest threat to UK plant life.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyon.... More