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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  • 26 February 2021

    VIDEO: Pest management Codes of Best Practice explained

    At BPCA we have a number of Codes of Best Practice and following them is a BPCA membership requirement. In this video, Natalie looks at why these codes are important and how following them can benefit your business. This video is inten.... More

  • 25 February 2021

    Bayer to sell Environmental Science division

    Bayer has announced it is divesting its Environmental Science Professional business, including its pest management portfolio, in order to focus on core Crop Science work.  Bayer has announced a series of decisions to acceler.... More

  • 23 February 2021

    Speed baiting training from BASF a hit

    PRESS RELEASE The launch of the new BASF rodenticide Selontra has seen over 800 pest controllers pass an online training course to use the product. “As part of the product launch, we set up a training portal on th.... More

  • 19 February 2021

    Bayer to host virtual stand at PestExtra 2021

    PRESS RELEASE Bayer are hosting a 360° virtual stand for PestExtra 2021, our three-day event from the 16-18 March, with a 3D stand that allows you to interact with new products including the Digital Pest Management system. .... More

  • 19 February 2021

    UPDATED: Furloughing pest management workers and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS)

    Furlough is the HR word of the moment, and it’s causing some confusion among employers and employees alike. What is it and how does it work? Find out more about the Jobs Support Scheme here. (Article updated 19 Februar.... More

  • 18 February 2021

    Sri-Lankan based Exterminators Ltd win Covid-19 award

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Observer members Exterminators Ltd, based in Sri Lanka, won the Gold Award under the SME-Service Sector category at Restart Sri Lanka Resilience Awards 2020. The event was jointly organized by the Prime Minister.... More

  • 17 February 2021

    Killgerm unveils new wildlife conscious rat bait box

    PRESS RELEASE The AF® Amicus is a new species-specific bait station for Norway rat control from BPCA member Killgerm Chemicals. It precludes entry by bank voles and wood mice, while still allowing access for Norway rats (.... More

  • 16 February 2021

    ICUP webinar registration now open

    PRESS RELEASE Delegates can now register for the very first free-of-charge International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) on-line webinar to be held on 9 March 2021. To accommodate as many delegates as possible from differen.... More

  • 15 February 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 7 - Insect identification

    In this video, John Lloyd from Independent Pest Management & Insect Consultancy, gives a Digital Forum 7 presentation on insect identification. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone in.... More

  • 15 February 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 7 - Bird control products by Edialux

    In this sponsored video, Mark Wenman from Edialux gives a Digital Forum 7 presentation on their pest control products for bird management. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested.... More

  • 15 February 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 7 - Outfoxed! Professional fox control

    In this video, Dave Archer from DKA Pest Control gives a Digital Forum 7 presentation on rural fox control for pest professionals. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest.... More

  • 15 February 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 7 - Dealing with customer complaints

    In this video, Philip Thomas from Which? Trusted Trader gives a Digital Forum presentation on customer service skills when dealing with pest control complaints. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events s.... More

  • 15 February 2021

    UPDATED: Advice for pest professionals operating during Covid-19 pandemic

    This article is not a replacement for the guidance given by medical professionals nor official advice provided by the UK Government on Covid-19. You must always follow the latest Government advice on Covid-19.  BPCA has also creat.... More

  • 09 February 2021

    Cleankill Pest Control purchases Hampshire-based business

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Cleankill Pest Control has today announced its acquisition of Hampshire-based Totalcare Pest Control. Based in the Hampshire town of Alton, Totalcare has been offering a fully comprehensive public h.... More

  • 08 February 2021

    Pelsis acquires French pest control supplier Edialux

    PRESS RELEASE Global pest control and hygiene product manufacturer Pelsis Group has acquired France’s leading professional pest control distributor as part of its ongoing international growth strategy. Edialux France has be.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Anglian Pest Control says “thank you NHS” with goodie bag donation

    BPCA member company, Anglian Pest Control, wanted to say a big thank you to their local hospital in Peterborough. Their team spent the afternoon putting together and delivering over 50 goodie bags for NHS staff battling away in the middle o.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    HSE issues advice on Covid-19 disinfection services and warns of legal consequences

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance on disinfecting using fog and mist during the Covid pandemic. All pest management companies carrying out these services should pay close attention to HSE’s advice. A.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    LNPS wins national award for excellence

    PRESS RELEASE  A recently established London pest control company is celebrating after winning its first-ever national award. BPCA member London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) was thrilled to win the award for B.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Reminder: Report illegal pesticide sales when you spot them online

    It’s been nearly two years since we released our Guidance Document to identify and report illegal internet sales of rodenticides and other pesticides. In that time, BPCA has helped remove many illegal sales from the marketplace. We&rs.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Pest control software provider ServicePro joins ServiceTitan family

    PRESS RELEASE ServicePro, a family-owned Pest Control, Lawn Care, and Arbor Care software business, announces a new partnership with ServiceTitan, that it says will deliver "unmatched expertise and support to customers through scaled r.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Fast acting Ridmus Alpha proves knock out for mice

    PRESS RELEASE Ridmus Alpha is the new fast acting rodenticide from BPCA member Syngenta Professional Solutions, specifically designed to rapidly control house mice infestations. The palatable formulation of highly potent alpha-ch.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Wasp control survey for Warwick students

    BPCA is helping four Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students at Warwick Business School with their course project, and they need you to lend a hand too! The international students are focussing on strategic innovation i.... More

  • 03 February 2021

    Vacant buildings vulnerable to rodents in Ireland, says Rentokil

    PRESS RELEASE Rentokil is warning businesses in Ireland of the threat posed by rodents to premises that are lying vacant due to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. In December 2020, Rentokil recorded an 12% increase in roden.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    Vecotech launches novel bed bug pheromone-based lure

    PRESS RELEASE Vecotech Ltd announced the launch of BugScents, a novel pheromone-based bed bug lure with unique patented technology, for use in detecting early-stage bed bug infestations. BugScents uses a globally patented formula.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    VIDEO: Scotland Digital Forum - Fly unit catch analysis; species, scope and data reasoning

    In this video, Avril Turner from Killgerm gives a Scotland Digital Forum pest management presentation on catch tray analysis in fly control. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone inte.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    VIDEO: Scotland Digital Forum - An introduction to Selontra

    In this sponsored video, Helen Ainsworth gives a Scotland Digital Forum presentation on BASF's rodenticide product, Selontra. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    VIDEO: Scotland Digital Forum - An update on gull licensing procedures

    In this video, NatureScot's Kieren Jones gives a Scotland Digital Forum pest management presentation on the state of bird licensing in Scotland. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so ever.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    VIDEO: Scotland Digital Forum - How rodent behaviour influences a baiting plan

    In this video, BASF's Sharon Hughes gives a Scotland Digital Forum pest management presentation on how rodent behaviour influences a baiting plan. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone int.... More

  • 29 January 2021

    New rodent glueboards toolbox talk released for members

     A new rodent glueboard toolbox talk template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required). Available to BPCA members only, the toolbox talk is title 'Rodent g.... More

  • 28 January 2021

    Defra backs birth control for grey squirrels

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has backed a proposal by UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) to use oral contraceptives in grey squirrel control.  The method involves luring grey squirrels into fee.... More

  • 28 January 2021

    Rentokil Initial awarded by The Mater Hospital for contribution to the Covid-19 response

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Rentokil Initial has been presented with a commemorative medal for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic by the Sisters of Mercy at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Rentokil Initial&nb.... More

  • 28 January 2021

    Hillbans recruit wildlife conservation zoo biologist

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Hillbans welcomes specialist Martyn Ridgley to the team, a qualified wildlife conservation zoo biologist.  As an animal management professional, Martyn has a passion for the environment and a wealth.... More

  • 28 January 2021

    Killgerm launches FREE rodent glue board training

    BPCA member Killgerm adds a new online course to their training site, with free sessions on rodent glue boards.  The course is designed for trained pest control technicians looking to raise their professional standards.... More

  • 20 January 2021

    VIDEO: Principles of gull control for pest professionals

    In this video Natalie talks about the legislative and licensing requirements when considering appropriate gull control measures. This video is intended for those working in the pest management sector. Information correct at the time of.... More

  • 20 January 2021

    Rodenticide Resistance Action Group updates guidance

    Rodenticide Resistance Action Group (RRAG) has released updated papers on resistance in both the Norway Rat and House Mouse.  The guidance provides a summary of the information available on rodenticide resistance in bot.... More

  • 19 January 2021

    Spotta announces team growth and new product testing

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Spotta Smart Pest Systems has capped a strong first year of commercial operations with accelerated product development and market reach for 2021. To support its growth into new territories and pests.... More

  • 19 January 2021

    Welsh general licences for bird control 'lawful'

    A High Court ruling has deemed the Welsh general licences for the control of wild birds to be lawful, following a challenge by campaign group Wild Justice.  The legal challenge related to general licences GL001, GL002 and GL004 to.... More

  • 19 January 2021

    The impact of lockdown on pest control

    PESTAWARE Pest patterns have changed considerably under the lockdowns introduced in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, Natalie Bungay, Technical Officer of the British Pest Control Association, gives some insight into the main.... More

  • 19 January 2021

    New gull licensing screening process from Natural England

    In light of talks with BPCA, Natural England (NE) has updated their process to include a new screening process to help speed up and improve the issuing of individual licences for gull control. BPCA has been in regular commun.... More

  • 18 January 2021

    Bayer tackles mental health with charity collaboration

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Bayer has teamed up with suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to help support the industry, following our recent survey where 44% of pest controllers felt that Covid-19.... More

  • 13 January 2021

    Brexit: Post-transition readiness for businesses

    Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released advice for businesses on the new rules.  BPCA recommends every pest management company uses the Brexi.... More

  • 13 January 2021

    Free Covid-19 lateral flow tests for asymptomatic key workers

    In an effort to overcome the pandemic, the UK government has announced free Covid-19 lateral flow tests (LFT) for people without coronavirus symptoms.  The tests can return results in 30 minutes and will be prioritised for essenti.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    Fly control essential for food businesses, says Rentokil

    BPCA member company Rentokil has highlighted the dangers of fly infestations in food environments, and the harm this can cause to businesses. The company said that flies are one of the most likely insects to cause damage and disruptio.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    CIEH appoints new chief executive

    The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has confirmed that Dr Phil James will join this month as its new chief executive. Dr James was most recently the chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Manageme.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    BPCA asks health secretary for pest professionals to get Covid-19 vaccine

    BPCA has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to ask that pest professionals and other key workers are prioritised appropriately for the Covid-19 vaccine. Ian Andrew, Chief Exec of BPCA, said: "Pest profes.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    When will pest professionals get vaccinated against Covid-19?

    With phase one of the UK's largest inoculation programme in progress, we've been asked by many people when key workers, like pest controllers, will get access to the Covid-19 vaccines. It's likely that you already know someone who has.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    First ever ICUP webinar to be held in March

    The International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) is to hold its first free-of-charge on-line webinar on 9 March 2021. Until 2020, the ICUP events consisted of a conventional conference, held every three years. However, with the.... More

  • 06 January 2021

    New bee removal and pest control franchise launched in the UK

    PRESS RELEASE PGH Beegone Limited is a brand new franchise from the owners of BPCA member company PGH Pest Control & Prevention. The PGH Beegone Limited franchise comprises of two well-established brands – PGH Pest.... More

  • 05 January 2021

    2021 Covid-19 lockdowns: what do pest professionals need to know?

    With England and Scotland announcing national lockdowns, Wales in tier 4 restrictions and Northern Ireland tightening measures – we take a moment to highlight some of BPCA’s Covid-19 guidance for the sector and answer your top questi.... More

  • 17 December 2020

    Defra releases final 2021 General Licences for bird control

    Defra has published its final versions of the new General Licences for the lethal control of wild birds, which will take effect on 1 January 2021. Last month Defra shared the new general licences to give pest professionals as much tim.... More