Pest control sector news and updates

Latest industry news for the UK pest management sector by British Pest Control Associaton (BPCA). Professional Pest Controller (PPC) online is packed with up-to-date business and legislation updates for pest management professionals, pest technicians and business owners. See the latest press releases from across the sector. Got a press release that should be here? Send it to us now!

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  • 25 October 2021

    End of an era for Safeguard Pest Control

    INTERVIEW Following the retirement of Tim Sheehan and Paul Butterick from Safeguard Pest Control, after running the business for over 30 years, we caught up with their team to talk about days gone and the end of an era. How the story.... More

  • 22 October 2021

    John O'Conner takes on business apprentices

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member company John O’Conner have taken on two new Business Admin apprentices at their North Herts depot. With Bayley joining the business 12 months ago and Shahzab three months a.... More

  • 22 October 2021

    BPCA contribution acknowledged as part of sustainable use of pesticides national action plan

    YOUR VOICE BPCA’s proposed amendments to the UK’s national action plan on sustainable pesticide usage have been included in a wrap-up of contributors’ comments released by the UK government. Our contribution on behalf.... More

  • 21 October 2021

    Volunteers wanted for new Academic Relations working group

    BPCA is looking for members to join a new working group aimed at creating links with the academic community and keeping up-to-date with research.  We want anyone with an interest in science, academia, and interpreting the latest.... More

  • 20 October 2021

    BPCA commits to Planet Mark certification

    BPCA is furthering our sustainability commitment by becoming Planet Mark certified through measuring and reducing our carbon footprint. Planet Mark is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for every type.... More

  • 20 October 2021

    Selontra wins Best Product award

    PRESS RELEASE Selontra, the new rodenticide bait from, BASF, has been awarded 'Best Product' by Pest magazine. The prestigious awards recognise the products that enhance the working lives and practices of pest professionals. Elig.... More

  • 18 October 2021

    SURVEY: Medical signposting for pest professionals

    BPCA is working with University College London Hospitals (UCLH) to potentially create a service for pest professionals to signpost clients that need medical support. We need you to take our survey so that we can find out the.... More

  • 14 October 2021

    VIDEO: Safe and legal use of air rifles in pest control

    VIDEO Using an air rifle as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) programme can be effective in the right situations. In this video, Natalie Bungay looks at the legislation and processes that you need to consider when using firea.... More

  • 13 October 2021

    Pest control and live bee removal franchise buzzing at ongoing success

    PRESS RELEASE Fresh off the back of the successful return of the National Franchise Exhibition, PGH Beegone Franchising has announced the recruitment of its second franchisee who will run his pest control and live bee removal business.... More

  • 13 October 2021

    Contego acquires Pestguard Services Scotland

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Contego expands market share in Scotland with the acquisition of Pestguard Services Scotland. Founded in 1994, Pestguard is one of the most respected, family-owned pest control companies in Scotland. .... More

  • 07 October 2021

    BPCA wins Covid-19 key worker campaign award

    BPCA is delighted to announce that we’ve won the Association Excellence Award (AEA) for 'Best Lobbying Campaign or Advancement of a Cause During Covid-19'. The Association Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the.... More

  • 06 October 2021

    Glue trap ban on cards in Wales

    The Welsh Government has announced its intention to ban the use of glue boards in Wales. While the Welsh Government had previously said it plans to ban snares, this is the first time they have committed to doing the same for glue trap.... More

  • 06 October 2021

    Paper submissions sought for ICUP 2022

    The organising committee of the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) are welcoming abstract submissions from those working, or researching, within the field of urban pest management. All those keen to present a pap.... More

  • 06 October 2021

    Introducing BPCA Night School courses

    At BPCA we understand that with hectic work schedules and lifestyles, finding the time to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date can be a challenge. We’re delighted to announce the launch of our BPCA Night School, a trial.... More

  • 05 October 2021

    Ecolab among most engaged companies in world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Ecolab has been named a Global Compact LEAD participant for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact; the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 12,000.... More

  • 05 October 2021

    BPCA Member Awards – help shine a light on excellence

    The BPCA Member Awards 2022 will open to nominations for all BPCA member companies and their employees on Monday 1 November. The awards recognise positive contributions made by members to the Association and the wider pest management.... More

  • 04 October 2021

    VIDEO: New and emerging UK pest species | Digital Forum 10

    In this video Clive Boase from The Pest Consultancy discusses the new pest species we may encounter in the UK in the future.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest.... More

  • 04 October 2021

    VIDEO: Sponsored: Harmonix Rodent Paste - a new era for rodent control | Digital Forum 10

    In this sponsored video, Richard Moseley from Bayer discusses how to manage complex rodent infestations with Harmonix®.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest m.... More

  • 04 October 2021

    VIDEO: Using the TRNZ4rm approach to manage bed bugs | Digital Forum 10

    In this video, Sarah Latyn from Bed Bug Central gives a presentation on bed bug control and how to prep for treatment.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest manage.... More

  • 04 October 2021

    VIDEO: Pest control drainage investigation techniques | Digital Forum 10

    In this video, Davy Brown from gives a presentation on detecting rodent activity in drains. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management can learn.... More

  • 04 October 2021

    X-Trap EFK excels in controlled testing

    PRESS RELEASE PestFix's new LED fly trap, X-Trap 50, passes independent testing with flying colours.  Reportedly more environmentally friendly than historical fluorescent tube traps, LED traps have begun taking&nbs.... More

  • 30 September 2021

    Contego supports save the bees initiative

    PRESS RELEASE As part of their wide-ranging pledge to give back to the local community, BPCA member Contego Response is running a 'Save the Bees' initiative. Each year, as part of the Contego Pledge, the Newton Aycliffe-base.... More

  • 27 September 2021

    Hybrid training options now available for Field Biologist course

    Our next training session for Becoming a Field Biologist will now be available to take either in-person or remotely.  When Covid-19 put a temporary hold on in-person training programmes, BPCA began developing an online.... More

  • 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

  • 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