Pests news from BPCA

26 July 2018

40% of farmers still consider permanent rodenticide baiting essential

In a recent survey conducted by CRRU UK, permanent rodenticide baiting is still considered essential by more than 1-in-3 farmer - contrary to stewardship guidelines.

09 July 2018

RAMPS UK launch the updated 2018 Code of Good Practice and new label tags for Phostoxin® and Talunex®

Label changes in the conditions relating to the use of both Phostoxin® and Talunex® for the nonagricultural control of brown rats resulted in the UK marketing companies putting a temporary suspension on the use of both products for rodent control unt

09 July 2018

Electronic tags for anti-social invasive pests

To protect the UK’s honeybee populations, scientists have trialled electronically tagging invasive Asian Hornets.

14 June 2018

Guidance for the frequency of checking snap-break back traps available for BPCA members

BPCA has produced a guidance document to help our members decide how often they need to check their snapback/break-back traps.

14 June 2018

New Code of Best Practice: The Use of Air Guns in Pest Control

The new Code of Best Practice for The Use of Air Guns in Pest Control is now available to download.

04 June 2018

World Pest Day: What would the world be like without pest control?

6 June 2018 is the second ever World Pest Day. To mark the occasion, we’re imagining what would be different in a world without any pest management.

23 May 2018

Interesting rat behaviour caught on camera

Most of us get pretty upset when we see a rat stealing food from a bird table, but what if we spotted a rat eating the birds right out of the trees themselves? That's precisely the moment a photographer captured on camera in Lincolnshire.

11 May 2018

Biological and environmental factors affecting wasp numbers

A good wasp season can give the diligent pest controller a tidy profit, and so there is the temptation to rely on these returns in subsequent years. However wasp work can be a fickle game, and you could find yourself facing a tight squeeze because wa

11 May 2018

Back to Basics: Flying insect control and IPM

One day I’ll fly away… but until then, we’ll press ahead practising the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) with vigour, says Ralph Izod, Managing Director of BPCA member company Dyno-Pest.

11 May 2018

Talking to pest control customers about bees

BPCA’s newest special interest group, Beewise, has been put to work trying to take the sting out of communicating with clients about bees around the home.

10 May 2018

NYC study reveals the dangers of mice

Study finds New York mice harboured disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes.

10 May 2018

Controlling flies in commercial food sites

Although rodent infestations tend to be considered a more extreme issue by customers, flying insects that can pose the greatest risk to the contamination of products and packaging. Chris Cagienard makes a case for how and why we prioritise flying ins

10 May 2018

Pestwatch: Queen wasps

For our second in-depth PestWatch feature, we are doffing our caps to the most regal of all the species pest controllers are likely to encounter - the queen wasp.

10 May 2018

Formulating an effective insect control plan

With an extensive variety of insecticides available on the market there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting an appropriate product for a job. Bayer Technical Manager, Richard Moseley, gives his top tips for choosing the right p

10 May 2018

Spent gases: In-transit fumigation risks, safety and opportunity

Martin Cobbald, Chair of the Fumigation and Controlled Environment (FaCE) Forum briefs us on in-transit fumigations, keeping customers safe, and getting paid in the process.

09 May 2018

Wasp Nest BINGO!

Are you a pest technician who’s seen it all? Time to prove it! Eyes down, look in and play...WASPS NEST BINGO!

08 May 2018

World’s largest rodent eradication project declared a success

The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is officially declared free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island, due to the world's largest rodent control programme.

04 May 2018

Ask the Technical Team May 2018

When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced technical team. Here are just a few of the latest questions posed...

16 April 2018

Asian hornet identified in Lancashire

An Asian hornet has been found in Lancashire and surveillance activity is underway.

28 March 2018

Conservationists unleash rodent detection dogs in final phase of world’s largest rodent eradication

Three small dogs are at the centre of the final phase of the world’s largest project to eradicate invasive species.

20 March 2018

Lantra withdraws approval from 'customised' rodent control on farms training

One of UK Rodenticide Stewardship's formal awarding organisations for training, Lantra, has withdrawn approval from any 'customised' variants of its own Rodent Control on Farms course.

20 March 2018

Defra consultation on the implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards

Defra is seeking views on proposals for implementing the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in the UK.

08 March 2018

PPC90 and PPC Live Showguide out now

Professional Pest Controller issue 90 and the PPC Live showguide are out now. The BPCA member and industry magazine is packed full of all the latest pest control news and features (March 2018).

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.

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14 August 2018

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Pests on farms and in grain stores

Agriculture | PestAware As soon as you start to accumulate large amounts of food in one place, pests will always become a problem. We take a look at the pest problems farms and grain st

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26 July 2018

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40% of farmers still consider permanent rodenticide baiting essential

In a recent survey conducted by CRRU UK, permanent rodenticide baiting is still considered essential by more than 1-in-3 farmers - contrary to stewardship guidelines. The Campaign for Respon

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19 July 2018

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Wasps and rodents on the rise as temperatures soar

It is looking like a bumper year for pests, with the heatwave providing perfect conditions for wasps, rats and mice to thrive, according to industry experts. Call-outs to members of The Brit

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08 August 2018

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No deal - HSE Chemicals EU Exit workshop

BPCA Field Officer, Natalie Bungay, went along to the HSE's Chemicals EU Exit Workshop, in Liverpool on 1 August 2018, to find out how chemical regulation could be affected if we left the EU without

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07 August 2018

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Free information materials support CPD and best practice for rodent control

A new set of information materials supporting effective and responsible rodenticide use has been published by UK Rodenticide Stewardship and are available free of charge to all users. Topics includ

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07 August 2018

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MEMtoring; can you help shape the future of pest control?

MEMtoring is an integral part of BPCA's forthcoming individual recognition scheme, where it places practical skills at the heart of learning and development. MEMtoring, in short, is mentoring fro

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