Latest News from BPCA

04 August 2020

Ask the technical team 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.

04 August 2020

Spotta’s smart pest systems attracts $1.18 million in seed funding

Investors have rewarded the commercial success of BPCA member Spotta’s smart pest systems with a $1.18 million seed funding round.

04 August 2020

Invasive pest fears for British Museum due to Covid-19 lockdown

Priceless exhibits risk being damaged by invasive insects, due to an absence of visitors during lockdown, the British Museum has warned.

04 August 2020

How to start a pest management business - Get ready and plan

Kevin Higgins looks at what you should think about before leaving the day job and what you need to launch a successful pest management business.

03 August 2020

Engaging with pest control clients post-Covid-19

Chris Cagienard, director and field biologist for BPCA member company Pest Solutions, shares his ideas for reengaging with clients now many of our clients are opening up their doors.

03 August 2020

Wild Justice hearing given go-ahead over Welsh general licences

Campaign group granted expedited hearing over "legality" of bird control licences issued by Natural Resources Wales.

03 August 2020

Your first pest control employee: Two heads better than one?

Taking on your first employee is a landmark moment for any pest management business. It can bring in changes to procedures, policies and management style.

03 August 2020

Incentives for pest management professionals

Paul Bates, Managing Director at Cleankill Pest Control, talks about motivating and inspiring staff using incentives, beyond giving a simple paycheck.

03 August 2020

Meet the member: Rising star at Pest Solutions

BPCA’s Communications Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Gabrielle Hogg, trainee pest technician with Pest Solutions. One of the industry’s brilliant up-and-comers, we talk about her mentoring with BPCA’s Dee Ward-Thompson.

03 August 2020

Going digital: The future of BPCA forums

When Covid-19 hit the UK, it quickly became a case of ‘adapt or die’ for many businesses. BPCA was not immune to this and two of our biggest activities were interrupted: training and events.

03 August 2020

Infographic: Who runs BPCA? New committees and groups

We’ve put together this useful organisation chart so you can understand how BPCA works. You may even spot an area of the Association you’d like to volunteer your time in.

03 August 2020

First outstanding CPD Assignment certificate

In May this year, BPCA released the first in a series of new downloadable CPD assignments, giving pest controllers the opportunity to research and write about a topic to earn valuable CPD points.

29 July 2020

Call for BPCA members to join waste tracking user panel

The four UK governments and environment agencies are working together on a project to develop a UK-wide electronic waste tracking service.

24 July 2020

New website for International Conference on Urban Pests

A new permanent website for ICUP has been unveiled and includes free access to all previous conference papers and posters.

24 July 2020

Free rodenticide resistance testing service resumes: Appeal to pest controllers for samples

Chairman Dr Alan Buckle calls for tail samples of freshly killed rats and mice from pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers who think they may have resistance problems.

23 July 2020

Level 2 Award in Pest Management returns to Yarnfield following Covid-19 lockdown

The Level 2 Award in Pest Management training course at Yarnfield Park is back, following lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

21 July 2020

Pelsis announce launch of new rodent monitoring product

BPCA member Pelsis have launched a new remote rodent monitoring system, TrapMe, for pest control professionals.

16 July 2020

New Health and Safety at Work Act CPD assignment for pest professionals

BPCA has issued a new downloadable assignment on the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to help pest professionals keep up with their continuing professional development (CPD).

15 July 2020

VIDEO: Social media and blogging for pest management companies

Learning how blogging and social media can allow you to promote your business, share news stories and engage with other pest controllers.

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.

09 July 2020

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

Covid-19 has made furlough the HR word of the moment in the UK, but what is it and how does it work for your pest management business?

09 July 2020

BPCA helps put auditors straight on insecticide usage requirements for public health pest management

BPCA has had reports of auditors incorrectly asking pest professionals for Pa1 Pa6 pesticide training certificates.

08 July 2020

Warning to pest controllers after van containing pesticides stolen

Following the theft of aluminium phosphide-based chemicals from a van in Manchester, BPCA urges technicians to be careful about leaving pesticides unattended in vehicles.

06 July 2020

Bubonic plague case confirmed in China

As a new case of Bubonic plague is confirmed in China, we take a look at the role pests like rats and fleas play in spreading it.

06 July 2020

PelGar's Church Farm operations to end

BPCA member PelGar will cease all pest control training and R&D activity at Church Farm training center later this year.

01 July 2020

UPDATED: BPCA annual general meeting goes virtual

BPCA can now confirm we’ll be holding an all-digital, online AGM where eligible members will be able to vote and have their say on the future of the Association.

01 July 2020

Look forward to PestEx 2021 - registration now open

After a challenging year for pest management, BPCA is pleased to announce registration for PestEx 2021 is now open.

30 June 2020

Open letter to Natural England: Individual licences for gull control in England, this year and beyond

Today, BPCA has written to Dave Slater, the Director for wildlife licensing at Natural England regarding the future of individual licences for gull control.

26 June 2020

Identify the differences between wasps, hornets, bees and more

Not everything that buzzes is a pest! Everything that buzzes around your garden is potentially a pollinator. These fascinating insects are incredibly useful; not just in the garden, but also in agriculture, with many crops dependent on pollination.

24 June 2020

New stored products insects and fly management courses added to BPCA online classroom

BPCA has announced two new taught online classroom courses. Led by industry experts, the new courses are delivered via live presentations over Zoom.

23 June 2020

Industry body releases Covid-19 working at height guidance

Ladder Association has released new guidance on the importance of health and safety while using ladders during the pandemic.

22 June 2020

Ramps UK urges halting of in-transit fumigation practices

The Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Standards UK issues warning regarding in-transit fumigation following talks with HSE.

22 June 2020

BPCA PrintShop gets an upgrade

BPCA's popular PrintShop member benefit has been given an upgrade, to provide a more functional and user-friendly experience.

19 June 2020

VIDEO: Professional wasps and bees: biology, behaviour and control

Understanding the biology and behaviours of wasps, hornets and bees can help to identify the most effective method of control

19 June 2020

Six general licences re-issued by Defra for the control of wild birds

Defra has announced that six general licences for the control of wild birds will be reissued on a temporary basis ahead of new licences coming into force on 1 January 2021.

17 June 2020

University of Reading's Vertebrate Pests Unit to close due to Covid-19

Rodenticide resistance testing to end at the University of Reading as Covid-19 sees the institution make tough financial decision to close its Vertebrate Pests Unit (VPU).

15 June 2020

PestWest release new smart flying insect control system

PestWest has launched flyDetect® - a new remote monitoring pest management system for fly control.

11 June 2020

HSE warning over KN95 face masks

Health and Safety Executive has issued a warning about the inadequate levels of protection provided by KN95 masks.

11 June 2020

CHSA warns of shortage of cleaning, hygiene and PPE supply

The Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has warned Covid-19 will have a further impact on the cleaning, hygiene and PPE supply chain.

09 June 2020

New employee consultation toolbox talk released for members

A new Health and Safety Employee Consultation toolbox talk template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required).

06 June 2020

VIDEO: Proud to protect - World Pest Day 2020

The short video entitled “Proud to protect” features several BPCA members and people from the BPCA Staff team speaking about what they do to help protect public health through adequate pest management.

05 June 2020

Rodenticide resistance testing halted by lab closure

Testing for rodenticide resistance in rats and mice has been suspended due to coronavirus-related closure of laboratory.

05 June 2020

Global Pest Management Coalition celebrates World Pest Day 2020

To celebrate World Pest Day 2020, the Global Pest Management Coalition has put together a video with associations from around the world.

03 June 2020

Becoming pest ready: guidance for businesses reopening after Covid-19 lockdown

BPCA has created a guidance document to help businesses mitigate the risk of pest problems, as easing of lockdown measures sees business reopening in the UK.

03 June 2020

New themed digital networking events for BPCA member employees

BPCA is running hour-long virtual networking events for BPCA members who want to connect with each other on subjects that matter to them.

01 June 2020

Changes at CEPA detailed in 2019 annual report

The CEPA 2019 Annual Report has been published, providing an overview of CEPA's progress last year.

27 May 2020

New behavioural resistance CPD assignment for pest professionals

BPCA has issued a new downloadable assignment on behavioural resistance, to help pest professionals keep up with their continuing professional development (CPD).

26 May 2020

Coronavirus and bed bugs: how hotels can protect guests after lockdown

New BPCA Manufacturer and Distributor member, Spotta, explains why bed bugs have staying power and what hotels can do to plan for reopening.

20 May 2020

BPCA launches new online course for pest identification

BPCA is delivering more specialist pest control training via its new virtual classroom. Principles of Pest Identification will premiere live on the 18 June 2020 between 10am and 4pm.

20 May 2020

Remote point of sale audits boost rodenticide review readiness

Audits to drive out illegal supply of rodenticides taking place remotely amid Covid-19, ahead of an imminent review by HSE of the UK's rodenticide stewardship regime.

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22 September 2020

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Are you ready for a Covid-19 Secure HSE inspection?

With HSE and Local Authorities ramping up their inspection activity, it’s more important than ever that your pest management company is Covid-secure. Nothing about the pandemic has

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18 September 2020

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BPCA highly commended in awards for ‘membership organisation of the year’

BPCA has won a highly commended award for ‘membership organisation of the year’ at the 2020 Memcom excellence awards.  BPCA picked up the accolade in the most prestigious

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18 September 2020

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JOIN IN: Two new BPCA Committees now recruiting

BPCA is calling out for employees of member companies to join our new committees. The Outreach & Communication Committee and the Professional Standards Committee will launch later this year.&nbs

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22 October 2020

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Know your zoonosis – CRRU on rodent to human disease transfer

Phil Christopher, CRRU, reminds professionals to take the opportunity to explain why we control rats, by looking at the zoonotic diseases rodents carry. "Whenever possible, take

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22 October 2020

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VIDEO: Squirrel control for pest professionals

In this video Natalie discusses the key points to consider when controlling squirrels. This video is intended for those working in the pest management sector. Information correct at the ti

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22 October 2020

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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 result

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