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13 September 2017

The future started yesterday: Barcelona Pest Control Innovation Forum

In late May Simon Forrester attended the second Barcelona Pest Control Innovation Forum, organised by ADEPAP, the Catalonian Pest Management Association.

13 September 2017

Review: BPCA National Survey and the media

Earlier this year (on World Pest Day) we published our National Survey of local authorities as part of the worldwide campaign aimed to penetrate mainstream media, raising awareness of pest control generally, but also its influence on public health.

13 September 2017

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s pest techs!

Complete Pest Control’s 21-year-old boss, Oliver Fitzgerald grasped the challenge of starting a business immediately after A Levels. He talks to us about the challenges of being a young pest control company owner.

13 September 2017

Apprenticeships update

BPCA announced earlier this year that it’s Pest Control Employer Development Group (EDG) had produced the Pest Control Technician Apprenticeship Standard ready for submission to the Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme. We caught up with the new Chair o

13 September 2017

Level 2 qualified at 18!

Lewis Westlake, from Servicing Member company Acute Pest Control, has passed his Level 2 Award in Pest Management qualification at the tender age of only 18 years old.

13 September 2017

The Brit in Brussels

Henry Mott has served as BPCA President and still actively runs a pest management company here in the UK. Now he’s taken his seat at the top of the table for the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA).

13 September 2017

Macro-scale eradication; the only way to be sure?

Simon Forrester investigates whether or not complete eradication of a species is the only way to preserve public health, and the hidden impacts of wiping out a pest organism.

13 September 2017

Cereals 2017: wake up to fumigation

Following a request from the Fumigation and Controlled Environments (FaCE) Forum, BPCA travelled to the village of Boothby Graffoe to take a stand at the technical agricultural event Cereals. We brought along members of the FaCE Forum to talk about a

13 September 2017

Rats underfoot; drainage engineer or pest control technician?

What do you do when you suspect a rodent’s route of entry is from a flaw in the inaccessible pipes beneath your feet? We asked drainage expert, Mick Grant from BPCA Associate Member company, MG Drainage, to give us an insight into the potentially dra

13 September 2017

Apptastic! Smarter pest control at your fingertips

The digital software arms race has never been so competitive. For smaller companies, choosing the right application to help drive that bottom line up can be a challenging activity to undertake. Ben Massey takes a look at the options...

13 September 2017

Pests on holiday

Do you struggle to leave work at home when you go away on holiday? Rather be doing a bit of pest management than topping up the tan? No, we don’t either. Regardless, we press on... Here are PPC’s top holiday pests you may (or may not) fancy wrestling

13 September 2017

Skunk hits the senses in Surrey

A professional pest controller had to do a double take - and take a deep breath - after coming face-to-face with a skunk in Surrey.

13 September 2017

Ask the Technical Team September 2017

Being the leading association for pest management in the UK means that you get a lot of professional pest control questions piling up in your inbox. When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced tech

13 September 2017

ICUP: warm reception boosts urban pests

The ninth incarnation of ICUP took place at Aston University in Birmingham in July. Held every three years, the 2017 edition attracted a worldwide delegation of academics as well as many pest management professionals from the UK.

13 September 2017

A site survey for sore eyes: external urban pest control

What happens when your survey shows evidence of rats, badgers, deer, foxes and even slowworms? Gary Williams from Urban Wildlife investigates.

13 September 2017

That’s newts to me

Jonathan Walker from BPCA Member company, Eradipest, expected a straightforward rodent problem. However, his site survey revealed that rats weren’t the only species that had made themselves at home.

13 September 2017

Pestwatch

Tips and tricks from the BPCA technical team to see you through the last bit of the year’s pest problems.

06 September 2017

The product standards for portable ladders are changing

The British and European standard that covers all types of portable ladder has had a significant revision that all pest management professionals should be aware of.

06 September 2017

Bayer issues warning to stay alert for Asian Hornets

Manufacturer and Distributor Member, Bayer, has urged Pest controllers to remain vigilant this autumn and report sightings of Asian hornets. The advice follows the first confirmed case of the invasive pest in the UK last September.

05 September 2017

New imaging technique reveals amazing pictures of live insects

Scientists from Western University in Ontario, Canada have developed a new way of photographing living insects with stunning results.

04 September 2017

A bug in the system: protect yourself from cybercrime

With high profile and sophisticated digital crimes making the headlines weekly, Associate Member Cliverton team up with BPCA to give you some practical tips for staying safe on the web.

01 September 2017

Spike in wasp numbers with autumn sugar rush predicted

BPCA predicts a rise in wasp figures after the mixed summer weather created a delay in their usual pattern of emergence.

31 August 2017

Training Development Manager joins BPCA staff team

Karen Dawes has joined the BPCA staff team as our new Training Development Manager. Karen has worked within the trade association sector for several years, most recently for the National Federation of Builders (NFB) which represent the needs of SMEs

31 August 2017

BPCA staff commended for long service

BPCA Membership Officer Rachel Eyre was thanked for her long service at the BPCA Annual General Meeting 2017. She has been with BPCA for 25 years and has held a variety of roles across the Association, including training, events and now membership ad

31 August 2017

Island invasive conference

In July the UK hosted the first international Island Invasives conference in the Northern hemisphere. The event brought together world experts in tackling invasive species to share experience, discoveries and ideas about the management of these speci

16 August 2017

Fleas with bubonic plague found in parts of USA

Public health officials have confirmed that they have found fleas in Arizona, the USA that have tested positive for the bubonic plague

09 August 2017

Cleankill scoop up national award

BPCA Servicing Members, Cleankill Pest Control win Service Provider of the Year at inaugural ACE Awards.

04 August 2017

Confirmed: Invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes in UK

Public Health England has reported that a monitoring project in Kent discovered Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) larvae.

02 August 2017

The cost of getting it wrong

Amid a series of successful prosecutions and press releases from the HSE , we thought it was worth wrapping up a few of case studies so you can get a clear picture of the consequences of “getting it wrong”

31 July 2017

Anticoagulant rodenticides renewed by Brussels

Eight anticoagulant rodenticide active substances have been identified as “Candidates for Substitution”, as part of the Biocidal Products Regulation.

27 July 2017

CRRU help gamekeepers with rodenticide stewardship best practice

A new document has been released by The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) UK

27 July 2017

Killgerm Environment Management System achieves ISO 14001

Manufacturing and Distributors Member, Killgerm, have been awarded ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

27 July 2017

PROMPT app gets an update

The BASIS PROMPT app for pest technicians has been given a fresh lease of life.

14 July 2017

PestEx 2019: 75% of stands gone already

With over 600 days left to go until PestEx 2019 – we’ve already got 75% of the available stand space booked or on hold for exhibitors, suggesting an even bigger show than this year.

14 July 2017

PPC Magazine picks up Best Practice Award adding to BPCA’s list of accolades

Professional Pest Controller (PPC) Magazine has been crowned magazine of the year by the Trade Association Forum.

29 June 2017

Global Pest Management Coalition Launched

BPCA recently joined 21 pest management associations from around the world to form the Global Pest Management Coalition.

21 June 2017

BPCA supporting members at events

This week, BPCA Events Manager, Lauren Day visited the Facilities Management show at ExCeL, London following a request from Servicing Member Beaver Pest Control to lend a helping hand on their exhibition stand.

21 June 2017

Tom Holmes elected as new BPCA President as Paul Rodman steps down

Tom Holmes, Head of Product Development at Pelsis Group was yesterday elected as the new BPCA President.

20 June 2017

Former BPCA Executive Director, Board and Servicing Committee member elected as Life Member

Richard Strand, who was Executive Director for 18 years received life membership of the Association at the 2017 AGM in Leicestershire today.

16 June 2017

Century milestone for quality benchmark

The number of UK pest control companies to achieve CEPA Certified® status has reached three figures in little more than two years.

06 June 2017

Welcome to World Pest Day

Today (6th June 2017) is the very first World Pest Day. The worldwide campaign aims to increase awareness of the important role pest management plays in protecting public health.

26 May 2017

Insect Monitoring Traps live to fight another day

The hard work of BPCA, its Members and their clients working together have resulted in a victory against a proposal to class insect monitoring trap pheromones as biocides. Through a two-pronged attack at the European Commission and lobbying of the UK

26 May 2017

PPC87: Out Now

PPC87 is packed with articles and news all about BPCA and the pest control sector. Whether you want to top up your CPD points, improve your business or look back at the best bits from PestEx 2017 - this issue is for you.

26 May 2017

Ben’s award completes hat-trick for BPCA

Marketing and Communications Manager Ben Massey has scooped a national award to complete a remarkable hat-trick for the British Pest Control Association.

26 May 2017

CRRU approve guidance document for Internet sales of rodenticides in the UK

The CRRU board has approved a new document meaning that this guidance has now become part of BPCA Membership Criteria.

16 May 2017

18 inch Rat makes headlines - media savvy pest controllers take note!

Once again, the media has taken an interest in a big rodent. The rat in question is by no means the largest on record, or indeed particularly newsworthy.

16 May 2017

Referrals on track. Again

Our popular ‘find a pest controller tool’ continues to churn out more referrals for servicing members that ever before, with an increase of 13% this year so far.

16 May 2017

Prince Charles to control grey squirrels with Nutella and contraception

It is understood that Prince Charles has backed a government plan to sterilise grey squirrels using traps filled with Nutella and oral contraceptive, with the aim of protecting their red cousins.

16 May 2017

The Death of Diesel?

It’s alleged that some of our cities have such poor air quality that it contributes to the early deaths of some 40,000 UK citizens.

16 May 2017

Members embrace CRRU Code of Best Practice and get amazing results

Back in 2016, Matt Garwood and his team at MG Pest Control switched over their sites to be fully compliant with the CRRU Code of Best Practice and started to monitor pest activity.

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14 May 2019

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Open letter to Secretary of State regarding call for evidence: Bird control licences

BPCA has written to Secretary of State Gove in regards to Defra's call for evidence on the impact of the revoking of three general licences for bird control. The letter is published in full here.

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08 May 2019

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BPCA prepares to gather evidence for Defra on general licences

Defra has initiated a formal evidence gathering exercise to capture information from all concerned parties about the impact of the recent withdrawal of three general licences for bird cont

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08 May 2019

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New general licences for controlling Canada geese and wood pigeon comes into force

On Friday 3 May Natural England published two new general licences for controlling birds. The licences, which allows people to kill or take Canada geese to preserve public health and safety and

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15 May 2019

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Abate Pest Management named a Future50 company

BPCA member company Abate Pest Management has announced that they have been named a Future50 Company. Future50 is a business growth programme that's designed to recognise Norfolk and

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14 May 2019

Latest news

Open letter to Secretary of State regarding call for evidence: Bird control licences

BPCA has written to Secretary of State Gove in regards to Defra's call for evidence on the impact of the revoking of three general licences for bird control. The letter is published in full here.

Read more

08 May 2019

Latest news

BPCA prepares to gather evidence for Defra on general licences

Defra has initiated a formal evidence gathering exercise to capture information from all concerned parties about the impact of the recent withdrawal of three general licences for bird cont

Read more