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  • 25 February 2021

    PestWatch: Rodents and glue boards

    PESTWATCH | PPC102 MARCH 2021 You’ve probably recently seen images on Facebook and Twitter of non-target species caught on glueboards. You may have closely followed the Scottish Parliament petition for a complete ban la.... More

  • 25 February 2021

    Ask the technical team March 2021

    TECHNICAL | PPC102 MARCH 2021 Rats next door, rodent carcass disposal, woodworm treatment and insect identification are all covered in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW Local authorities are em.... More

  • 07 December 2020

    New BPCA Codes of Best Practice on bed bugs, birds and reporting released

    A brand new set of Codes of Best Practice are now available on the BPCA website, outlining the responsibilities and procedures that BPCA members are expected to adhere to. BPCA’s Technical team worked on the new documents i.... More

  • 27 November 2020

    Practical rabbit management: part two

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 In his previous article in PPC100, Dave Archer looked at the history and legal aspects of rabbit management. In part two, he jumps straight into the practicalities of controlling rabbits. SPEED.... More

  • 27 November 2020

    The risk of zoonotic disease in pest control environments

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Anyone who works around animals has an increased risk of picking up or passing on a nasty zoonotic disease. As pest professionals, it’s up to us to be able to protect ourselves, our clients and ou.... More

  • 27 November 2020

    Infection and immunity in wild rodents - the zoo of infections

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Covid-19, Ebola and HIV originated in animals. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has rightly refocused our attention to the infections of wild animals. Professor Mark Viney from the Department of.... More

  • 27 November 2020

    PESTWATCH: Bed bugs - fail to prepare, prepare to fail

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 In this PestWatch, BPCA Technical Manager Dee Ward-Thompson takes a look at why bed bugs are so difficult to control and what pest technicians can do to reduce the risk of failed treatments.  .... More

  • 26 November 2020

    Survey shows dust formulations preferred by pest controllers

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Tim Peeling, product manager at BPCA member Bayer, takes a look at the findings of their summer wasp study. The loss of actives and increased label restrictions continues to affect pest contr.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    Ask the technical team December 2020

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Proactive squirrel control, multiple rodenticide usage, test and trace and insect identification are all covered in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team.   SPEED VIEW The.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    Tackling rodent resistance

    TECHNICAL | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Rodent pests resistant to commonly used anticoagulant rodenticides have been identified in areas of the UK and the increase in numbers of these so-called ‘super rats’ presents a challenge to.... More

  • 22 October 2020

    OPINION: When will professional users of rodenticides wake up to the potential consequences of their actions?

    Opinion| Rodenticide Resistance Dr John Simmons, Acheta Consulting, writes about the consequences of not taking rodenticide resistance seriously following a CRRU statement about new survey results.  As part of our site inspectio.... More

  • 04 September 2020

    No UK products authorised for control of wood mice, rodenticide users reminded

    Users of rodenticides covered by the UK stewardship regime are reminded that no product is authorised for control of wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus), also known as long tailed field mice. This arises from an alert to the Cam.... More

  • 02 September 2020

    Open letter to the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission: glue traps for professional use

    BPCA has written to Andrew McKinlay, policy advisor for the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC), in response to a call for evidence on the use of glue traps for pest management. This response will be shared with the SAWC's Glue Traps Working.... More

  • 05 August 2020

    The UK pest landscape and the quiet revolution

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 In our 100th edition of PPC, regular contributor Clive Boase reviews how far the pest management industry has come since PPC first launched and, critically, where he thinks the industry might be in anothe.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    Caught out in the countryside: Practical rabbit management:

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Following on from his popular outdoor demonstration at PPC Live 2020 in Harrogate, this is the first in a two-part series of articles from Dave Archer, rural pest management expert. In this article, Dave.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    Control silverfish professionally

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Recent years have seen a rise in silverfish infestations and they can often be hard to control due to behaviour and habitat. We hear from global industry expert Dr Volker Gutsmann from Bayer AG, who expla.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    INFOGRAPHIC: A short history of public health pesticides

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Looking back over one hundred issues of PPC, it’s clear that the products in our toolkits have changed considerably. We asked Alex Wade, from member company PelGar International, to look back at rod.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    Current pest proofing products: applications and limitations

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Following on from his demonstration at PPC Live 2020 in Harrogate, Pestology’s Gulliver Hill talks to PPC about all things proofing. Proofing is about denying a pest access to its en.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    BPCA position statement on remote monitoring for rodent management

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Digital monitoring for pest activity appears in lists of services offered by pest management companies across the world. But what will the impact of remote monitoring have on the level of service a compan.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    PESTWATCH: Delusional parasitosis and cable bugs

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 In this PestWatch, BPCA Technical Officer Natalie Bungay takes a look at pests that aren’t real. What is delusional parasitosis and how do we deal with it? – includes reference to self-ha.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    Ask the technical team August 2020

    TECHNICAL | PPC100 August 2020 Nuisance neighbours, pest risk assessments, gull control licences and rodent carcasses are all covered in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team.   SPEED READ LAs have to keep their dis.... More

  • 09 July 2020

    New Treatment Report template for BPCA members

    A new Treatment Report template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area and the BPCA PrintShop (login required). Available to BPCA members only, the new template.... More

  • 08 July 2020

    Warning to pest controllers after van containing pesticides stolen

    Following the theft of highly toxic aluminium phosphide-based chemicals from a van in Manchester, BPCA urges technicians to be careful about leaving pesticides unattended in vehicles.  Police have launched a major investigat.... More

  • 03 August 2020

    Engaging with pest control clients post-Covid-19

    BUSINESS | PPC100 August 2020 You would have to be living in a cave for the last four months not to know that we are living in strange times. Chris Cagienard, director and field biologist for BPCA member company Pest Solutions, sh.... More

  • 23 June 2020

    Industry body releases Covid-19 working at height guidance

    The Ladder Association has released new guidance on the importance of health and safety while using ladders during the pandemic. Working at height has always involved an element of risk, which is why it is so important that.... More