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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  • 22 July 2021

    Join our new working group for member complaints

    BPCA is reviewing its member complaints procedures and is looking for some members to get involved with a new complaints working group. BPCA Technical and Compliance Manager Natalie Bungay said: “Accountability is a crucial.... More

  • 22 July 2021

    VIDEO: Understanding pests in food businesses

    Pests in food businesses can damage and contaminate food, causing economic loss and threatening public health. In this video Natalie looks at the main species you are likely the encounter, the causes of infestations, control options and leg.... More

  • 21 July 2021

    Five Years of Rodenticide Stewardship report published

    A report of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime’s work covering 2016 to 2020 has been published by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. This feeds into a formal five-year review being carried out by its HSE-led Government O.... More

  • 19 July 2021

    Safe working for pest professionals after lockdown

    From today (19 July) nearly all Covid-19 restrictions in parts of the UK are at an end.  However the virus hasn't left us yet, so the government is urging people to remain cautious and sensible, including in the workplace.  .... More

  • 14 July 2021

    Bayer announces release of new Harmonix® Rodent Paste

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Bayer is bringing a new professional-use cholecalciferol rodenticide, which can be used in open areas and burrows, to the market this September. Tim Peeling, product manager at Bayer Environmental Scienc.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - A complete approach to wasp and hornet control

    In this sponsored Digital Forum 9 slot, Matt Towler from Lodi UK gives a crash course in wasp and hornet biology and control.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - What's on the horizon after glue boards?

    In this video, Alex Wade from Wade Environmental asks "What now?" after the news the UK Government is looking to ban glue boards.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - Bird control lasers explained

    In this video, Chris Frappell from Pestfix gives a talk on lasers for bird control and their use. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management ca.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - Inspections and pest activity: what to look for

    In this video, Avril Turner from Killgerm gives a talk on IPM and what to look out for when carrying out pest control surveys. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest mana.... More

  • 12 July 2021

    PestWorld to return as in-person event

    PRESS RELEASE Plans are well under way for PestWorld 2021 to return as a face-to-face event in the US this autumn. When: 2-5 November 2021 Where: MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, USA Organised by the National Pest Mana.... More

  • 07 July 2021

    Have your say: Member summit on general licences for bird control in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have announced a consultation on general licences for wild bird control, following similar licensing changes across other parts of the UK.  As a result, BPCA will be hosting a me.... More

  • 06 July 2021

    1env hold NHS birthday bake sale

    On 5 July, as the National Health Service celebrated its 73rd anniversary, BPCA member 1env Solutions held a charity bake sale at the company's head office in Leigh-on-Sea. 1env’s Head of Marketing, Ollie Hewett.... More

  • 01 July 2021

    Legal teeth and rodent control update in 2021 Code of Best Practice

    Rodenticide use for permanent, pulsed or burrow baiting, or in covered and protected bait stations, is now only legal if the product label permits these ‘non-standard’ scenarios specifically, says CRRU. This applies equall.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    BPCA secures funding for 3D interactive simulator

    BPCA is excited to announce that we have been successful in securing funding from the Ufi VocTech Trust, to support the development of an interactive 3D competency simulator for pest technicians. The funding is for a pilot programme th.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    New ladder safety guidance announced

    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Ladder Association will be unveiling two new ladder safety guidance documents in a one-off webinar.  Ladder safety is highly relevant for pest management technicians and surve.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    Trade body’s wasp advice for window cleaners

    PRESS RELEASE Wasps can be a common hazard for window cleaners, particularly during the late summer months when a wasp colony is at its peak. British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is encouraging members of the Federation of Window C.... More

  • 28 June 2021

    VIDEO: Essential customer service skills for pest professionals

    Customer service relates to every single interaction or “touch point” with your customers. In this video, Natalie Bungay explores the areas of your business that you need to think about when considering how you can deliver excel.... More

  • 24 June 2021

    Changes to right to work checks in UK

    Changes coming into force on 1 July 2021 will affect how a UK employer should conduct 'right to work' checks for EEA citizens. On 22 June 2021 the Home Office issued a communication informing employers that their ‘Empl.... More

  • 21 June 2021

    LNPS continues vital mosquito monitoring

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member London Network for Pest Solutions is playing an important role in monitoring one of the planet’s deadliest insects. Newham was one of several councils originally asked to help with a vita.... More

  • 18 June 2021

    Manage mental health at work with FREE ISO for small businesses

    For a limited time, BSI are offering the ISO 45003 Standard free of charge to any small business that has under 100 employees and a turnover less than £25 million. This standard has been written to help companies support the ment.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    Beaver announce new Head of Compliance and Client Retention

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Beaver are pleased to announce, after interviewing both externally and internally, that James Wood has been offered the position of Head of Compliance and Client Retention. The job has many facets and Ja.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    UK government confirms plans to ban rodent glue boards completely

    The UK government has issued details on the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill to crack down on “inhumane rodent traps”. In a government press release it states: “Glue traps are a widely available and cheap method of pe.... More

  • 15 June 2021

    CEPA President steps down

    After three years, Henry Mott has resigned as President of CEPA, the European Pest Management Solutions Professional Association. Following Henry's resignation, former Vice-President Marc Aubry has been voted as President and Mon.... More

  • 14 June 2021

    Cleankill thrives despite initial Covid-19 concerns

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Cleankill Pest Control announced that in April 2021 its contract portfolio hit the £2 million mark and total turnover exceeded £3 million. In March 2020 Cleankill staff were told that th.... More

  • 09 June 2021

    National Pest Awards 2021 finalists announced

    The shortlist of finalists for this year’s National Pest Awards has been announced by organisers Pest magazine.   Run in association with BPCA, the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) and Basis Prompt, the Nati.... More

  • 08 June 2021

    Spotta strengthens global reach with new resellers

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Spotta Smart Pest System signs three new distributor agreements in North America and UK. Spotta has strengthened its global reach with three new distributor agreements: Pest-End Exterminators and Co.... More

  • 01 June 2021

    Case study: Technology at heart of pest control company

    A Bayer case study showing Amicus embracing technology as part of an integrated pest control approach. Technology is currently the missing piece of the puzzle in many integrated pest control approaches, but it can play a fundamental role in i.... More

  • 31 May 2021

    Technicians takeover BPCA in lead up to World Pest Day

    Between 1-5 June, five technicians are taking over BPCA’s social media channels to show the world the essential role they play in protecting public health.   World Pest Day (6 June) is a worldwide campaign that aims to incre.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Upselling and Aftercare

    In this video, Kevin Higgins from Aries Training gives a talk on selling additional pest control services and building good customer relations. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone intere.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Innovation in Products with Lodi UK

    In this video, Matt Towler from Lodi UK gives a talk on pest control products. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management can learn, share and connect. T.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Leading a movement against suicide

    In this video, Rosy Candlin from the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) gives a presentation on mental health awareness.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested i.... More

  • 27 May 2021

    VIDEO: Wales Digital Forum - Bird Licensing Update

    In this video, Ian Williams & Iwan Hughes from Natural Resources Wales give a talk about bird licensing changes in the country.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone in.... More

  • 20 May 2021

    Penalties for not telling HMRC about Covid-19 overpayments

    Failure to notify them of an overpayment of Coronavirus financial support could lead to fines, says HMRC. Covid-19 hit businesses hard and there were many financial support packages announced to try and cushion the blow for UK busines.... More

  • 19 May 2021

    Pelsis Group expands Edialux Professional team

    PRESS RELEASE Following news of the recent acquisitions of Edialux France and US based Bird-B-Gone, Pelsis Group has made four new staff appointments.  The new appointments are part of the company's international growth stra.... More

  • 19 May 2021

    Talking Pest Management chat with CEPA President

    A wide ranging questions and answers session about the role and objectives of CEPA (the European pest management services trade association) was recently held with CEPA President Henry Mott. The interviews are part of the Talking Pest Manag.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    Covid-19 spot checks continue as lockdown measures start to lift

    As lockdown eases in stages, HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections on businesses in all sectors to confirm they have Covid-secure measures in place.   Being Covid-secure means being adaptable to.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    WANTED: Amazing pest technicians for social takeover

    We need five technicians to tell the world what pest management is all about. For World Pest Day 2021, we’re looking for up to five technicians to take over BPCA’s social media for the week (1-5 June). You’d nee.... More

  • 14 May 2021

    VIDEO: Principles of moth control for pest professionals

    Whilst the vast majority of moths found in the UK are harmless, a few are considered to be pests. In this video Natalie Bungay looks at why these can cause problems, the importance of control and the control options open to us as.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Professional Pest Controller issue 103 (PPC103) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Professional pest controller magazine issue 103 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 Affi.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    President's viewpoint: Build back better

    President viewpoint | PPC103 MAY 2021 I happen to be writing this on ‘Pub-mas Eve’, the night before beer gardens and non-essential shops are set to reopen in England. The cautious optimism and gentle apprehension.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    PestExtra reviewed

    EVENTS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Trying something new is always nerve-racking. However, the BPCA team is nothing if not adaptable. When Covid-19 cancelled international shows, the Association pivoted its usual PestEx event; determined that pe.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Ask the technical team May 2021

    TECHNICAL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Plastic alternatives, carbon 'tyre-print', recycling and eco ideas are all covered in this green special issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: What are your suppliers’ views o.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Climate change pests: critical pest species for the next 20 years

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 As temperatures rise in the UK, Clive Boase, of The Pest Management Consultancy, looks at some of the invasive pests you might have to learn to manage in the future. Is the invasion over yet? Centuri.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    The heat is on: how will climate change influence pest control?

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Effects of climate change are touching every living form on earth, including humans. Dr Partho Dhang, the author of ‘Urban Pest Control: A Practitioner’s Guide’, explores how this gener.... More

  • 13 May 2021

    Opinion: Apocalypse when? A future without rodenticides

    OPINION | PPC103 MAY 2021 In this PPC article, Alex Wade from Wade Environmental asks what would happen if our fears over a ban on rodenticides came to pass. Before you roll your eyes and flip past this thinking this is anot.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Greener isn't always better: non-chemical alternatives for rodent control

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 BPCA Chief Executive Ian Andrew investigates NoCheRo, an initiative of the German Environment Agency that effectively wants to ban chemical control methods for rodents. SPEED VIEW:  NoC.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    A modern rat's tale: Dutch experiences with rodenticide reduction

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 At PestExtra 2021, Dr Bastiaan Meerburg gave a presentation on the impact that reducing rodenticide use had on the Dutch approach to rodent control. SPEED VIEW: In the UK and the Netherlands.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    The science of smell: exploiting bed bug biology with pheromones

    PEST CONTROL | PPC103 MAY 2021 Dr Laura Tugwell and Dr Victor Brugman, from Vecotech Ltd, track their innovation journey from scientific question to commercial product. Insights are shared into the technical processes and cutting-ed.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    So you want to fly hawks?

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Paul Wilson owns a small, family-run wildlife and pest control company: Independent Wildlife Management. He spoke to PPC about flying hawks as part of your pest management toolkit. Before you enter.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Are we there yet? Electric vehicles for pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 From tax hikes to electric charging points, going electric is a complicated subject. It’s only a matter of time before most commercial vehicles on UK roads are electric vehicles (EVs). The question isn.... More