Latest News from BPCA

07 March 2018

All together now

Maybe you’re reading this while working your way through the packed hall of exhibitors or between participating in one of the informative seminars or live demonstrations.

07 March 2018

Passing torches: an interview with Ian and Simon

At the time we were getting PPC90 together one CEO was leaving and another was yet to start. Instead of your usual Chief Exec Viewpoint, PPC managed to grab Ian Andrew before his 1 February start date and sat him down alongside Simon Forrester for a

07 March 2018

Anticoagulant resistance in house mice ...a moving target.

Move with it ...or miss out! Adrian Meyer is an author and editor of the British Pest Management Manual (BPM). He talks us through the issue of pesticide resistance and the research being conducted.

07 March 2018

Rodenticide concentration: the effect on resistance

Sharon Hughes, Global Technical Marketing Manager of Rodenticides at BASF, considers how the proposed reduction in the concentration at which anticoagulants are used may impact on resistance and selection for resistance in house mice and Norway rats.

07 March 2018

Anticoagulant rodenticide changes for 2018

Our Manufacturer and Distributor Committee has helped us put together an article with all the upcoming changes to professional use rodenticides.

07 March 2018

New Code of Best Practice: Snap back traps

The new Code of Best Practice for The Use of Break Back Traps/Snap Traps has been released. If you’re working in a BPCA Servicing company you should already be following the Code as it’s part of our membership criteria.

07 March 2018

Black Death? It wasn’t me

A new study suggests that rats might not be responsible for spreading the Black Death and subsequent epidemics of bubonic plague that rampaged across Europe, Asia and Africa for over 600 years.

07 March 2018

PPC Live: Meet the speaker - Clive Boase

We catch up with Clive to find out what we should expect from his upcoming seminar at PPC Live 2018 titled Resistance – back to basics.

07 March 2018

How do you sell pest control to a farmer?

With stewardship being (very nearly) two years old, Marketing and Communications Manager Ben Massey looks at the business opportunities that have been created.

07 March 2018

Pestwatch: Squirrels

We’ve changed our regular PestWatch feature and asked our technical team to focus on just one pest to look out for over the coming months. To kick off, Dee and Natalie have chosen the grey squirrel.

07 March 2018

Top 5 weird and wonderful pest call-outs

Every so often, circumstances come together that leave you speechless and wondering ‘what the hell just happened?!’ Guest writer Asa Goldschmied shares his experiences.

07 March 2018

Branding your pest control van

Marketing and Communications Manager, Ben Massey, looks at the top tips for using your pest control van as a canvas for marketing and promoting your business.

07 March 2018

Rocket Van! Van safety for the professional pest controller

Sometimes it feels as if we spend as much time in work vehicles as we do out on jobs. How often do we take the time to really appreciate our trusty vans? Technical Manager, Dee Ward-Thompson investigates how to keep vans legal, safe and on the road.

06 March 2018

Premium performance: master your van insurance

Content and Communications Officer, Scott Johnstone, teamed up with Stephen Hughes from Bradshaw Bennett to get some tips together for PPC readers.

06 March 2018

Unbugging local authority pest control

While many local authorities are scaling back their pest control work (or cutting it altogether), the PPC team went to meet a local authority that’s ramping up pest management work by offering a more professional, commercial service.

06 March 2018

Back to school pest awareness

Dee and Natalie usually spend time talking pest awareness to high-ups in food premises or the hospitality industry but sometimes something different comes along...

06 March 2018

GDPR May 2018 deadline approaches: what pest control companies need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means that individuals have greater control over how organisations collect, use and protect their personal data. It’s potentially a big change to how you’ll use client information when you’re marketing to

06 March 2018

INFOGRAPHIC: A look at 2017

2017 was when BPCA set its sights firmly on engagement and satisfaction. More members, their employees and associated industries engage with us than ever before. The aim in 2018 is to drive forward membership satisfaction and engagement at all levels

06 March 2018

Birds and the bees fly the nest

February and March saw BPCA’s two new special interest groups meet for the first time – Beewise and Birdwise. Find out how you can get involved.

06 March 2018

BPCA ‘paralleled governance’ dates

2018 sees the realisation of BPCA’s paralleled committee meeting structure. In previous years Servicing Committee meetings had been placed close to Executive Board meetings for convenience. However, this year will see a few changes to make a more str

06 March 2018

Ask the Technical Team March 2018

When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced technical team. We’ve rounded up a couple of the best questions we’ve had in the last few months, so everyone can benefit from the advice.

06 March 2018

A blow for LAMMA18

In its last year at the East of England Showground, LAMMA took place during 17-18 January. BPCA’s team joined the thousands of agricultural industry specialists – for what turned out to be a shorter-than-expected event!

06 March 2018

Haven’t registered for your Regional Forum yet?

BPCA hosts events for everyone interested in pest management all around the UK. Regional Forums are completely free to attend, so we can only think of three reasons why you haven’t registered yet...

06 March 2018

Top 12 benefits of advanced skills development in pest management

BPCA Training Development Manager, Karen Dawes, takes a look at the relative merits of doing more than 'the bare minimum'.

06 March 2018

BPCA’s Contract Sharing Network (CSN) – 12 months on

Officially launched at PestEx 2017, the CSN was developed by a group of small and medium BPCA member companies. These were either tired of being let down by smaller sub-contractors, or aggravated at the way some larger companies were treating them th

02 March 2018

Rodenticide-trained gamekeepers, farmers and pest controllers up 13,000

Less than two years since the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime's mid-2016 introduction, 13,000 users of professional-use-only rat baits have undergone training and been awarded approved certification.

28 February 2018

Amazon US to pay $1.2 million for illegal pesticide sales

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides.

28 February 2018

Your say: Public consultation on derogation to the exclusion criteria

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a public consultation derogation to the exclusion criteria.

28 February 2018

New pest advice blog launched for pest awareness week - PestAware

BPCA's new consumer-facing blog has launched. PestAware provides domestic and commercial pest advice, encouraging potential clients to use the find a pest controller tool.

26 February 2018

Pest Awareness Week kicks off with war on litter to tackle rodent numbers

BPCA is urging the public to be mindful of the link between pests and litter as part of a week-long event to raise awareness of the issue of species such as rats and mice in public spaces.

26 February 2018

Everything you need to know about heat treatments for bed bugs

Heat treatments are a chemical-free method of pest control used to treat bed bugs by raising the temperature of an affected room. Buyers guide.

23 February 2018

Surge in poison-resistant rat numbers

BPCA is highlighting the importance of expert pest control after a report revealed a new generation of rats carrying a genetic mutation which makes them resistant to conventional poison.

23 February 2018

Pest Control in the hospitality industry according to the Hygiene Doctor

Pest control is very important to the hospitality industry. Failure to control pests can lead to serious legal consequences including closure of the premises, fines and prosecutions, and catastrophic drops in food hygiene rating scores.

23 February 2018

Green pest control - Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

When selecting a pest control contract, care should be given to specify a contractor that can prevent pests rather than cure their effects and can do this using the minimum of chemicals.

22 February 2018

Do I need pest control?

Maybe you've spotted a rat in your garden or discovered a wasp nest in your shed. Perhaps you suspect your favourite furniture is infested with biting insects. Might your company stockroom be rife with unwelcome mice?

20 February 2018

Fumigants and Pheromones Conference in Indianapolis

Insects Limited and FSS will be hosting the 13th Fumigants and Pheromones Conference 12-14 June 2018 at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, USA.

09 February 2018

BPCA’s PrintShop open for business

BPCA’s newest member benefit is now open for business. The online print shop allows members to personalise quality design templates for information and promotional purposes.

09 February 2018

PPC Live: Meet the speaker - Sam Walker

Sam Walker from BASC will be leading a seminar at PPC Live called "Air Rifles; Safe cleaning and transportation". We catch up with him to see what we should expect.

09 February 2018

Pest Awareness Week is just rubbish

The inextricable link between litter and pests is clear. More rubbish, particularly food stuffs, supports the emergence of pests, and rodent infestations particularly.

02 February 2018

Pest controllers updated about rodenticide resistance concerns

A new study by Reading University has identified "the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England." Co-author Dr Colin Prescott explains that L120Q is the most severe form of rodenticide resistance identified to da

19 January 2018

PPC Live: Meet the speaker - John Dowling

John Dowling will be leading a seminar at PPC Live called "The end of my Tether – birds of prey and pest control". We catch up with him to see what we should expect.

16 January 2018

PPC Live: Meet the speaker - Matthew Davies

Killgerm's Group Head of Technical Department, Matthew, will be leading a seminar at PPC Live called Options for mosquito management in the UK. We catch up with him to see what we should expect.

16 January 2018

Have your say: Consultation on proposed enforcement for the Invasive Alien Species Regulation

Defra has opened consultation of a proposed enforcement regime for the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation in England and Wales.

16 January 2018

PPC Live: Meet the speaker - Savvas Othon

Rentokil Initial's Group Science and Innovation Director, Savvas Orthon, will be leading a seminar at PPC Live called Technology vs Technicians – how everybody wins (except the rats). We catch up with him to see what we should expect.

05 January 2018

New CEO for BPCA

The British Pest Control Association is proud to announce that Ian Andrew has been appointed as its new Chief Executive, effective 1 February.

05 January 2018

Help BPCA lobby on charges for general licences

Natural England are considering charging for statutory assessment and issue of wildlife licences. BPCA has recently written to Natural England expressing our concerns about the delays in issuing licences, and the problems this creates.

04 January 2018

The January I started out in pest control - Asa's story

Asa Goldschmied, Founder and Director of Proton Environmental, started out in the pest management industry five years ago now. He looks back at what it was like to change careers and his first tricky January in the business.

02 January 2018

Servicing Members must pass their EN16636 audits in 2019

As of 1 January 2019, the BPCA Membership criteria will be amended to state that all Servicing Members must have passed their EN16636 audits.

02 January 2018

IPCA Diploma now accepted for BPCA membership

The Irish Pest Control Association (IPCA) Diploma is now an accepted qualification when applying or renewing BPCA Servicing Membership.

02 January 2018

BPCA Release New Code of Best Practice on Snap Back Traps

The new Code of Best Practice for The Use of Break Back Traps/Snap Traps has been released by BPCA.

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29 May 2019

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Updated advice on interim measures for bird control after new licences delayed

BPCA had originally advised members that if they could wait for the appropriate general licence to be released, they should. However, now it seems we could be experiencing a longer wait, w

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28 May 2019

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PPC95 out now

Professional pest controller magazine issue 95 is out now and available to read online for free.  The magazine can be read online, downloaded as a PDF or you can join our&nb

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28 May 2019

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VIDEO: PestEx 2019 - the pest management show

Did you make it into our short PestEx 2019 video? Take a look at some of the highlights from the UK pest management show. PestEx is a great opportunity for everyone in the industry to c

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13 June 2019

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Defra set to release three new general licences for bird control

Three new general licences for the killing or taking of wild birds in England will be issued at 00:01 on Friday 14 June, says Defra.  The recent call for evidence demonstrated a rang

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06 June 2019

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Bee removal and Glis glis added to Find a pest controller tool

The ever-popular BPCA Find a pest controller tool now includes options for ethical bee removal and Glis glis treatments. BPCA member companies that offer bee removal (rather

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04 June 2019

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BPCA marks World Pest Day 2019 with message to local authorities

Today is World Pest Day and to celebrate we’re launching a targeted campaign to local authorities. We’re urging councils across the UK to put pest management firmly on their radar,

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