Pests news from BPCA

28 May 2019

PestWatch: Cluster flies

BPCA Field Officer, Natalie, is back again with some more seasonal pest management advice. This PestWatch we’re taking a look at the tiny cluster fly.

28 May 2019

Protect and profit: All things Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

The chemicals that are necessary for life as we know it in the 21st century have had widely documented negative impacts upon invertebrate. What can we as pest management professionals can do about it?

22 May 2019

VIDEO: Direct bait application in burrows available to watch now

Watch back our webinar on direct bait application in burrows presented by BPCA Field Officer, Natalie Bungay.

22 May 2019

RODENT RISKS: Pest closure and prosecution stories

Pest infestations, particularly associated with rodents, cause more emergency closures of food businesses than virtually anything else. Dr Stuart-Moonlight investigates.

21 May 2019

Ask the technical team May 2019

Rodenticide confusion, open trays, resistance searches and invasive hornet questions are all in the BPCA Technical team inbox this issue.

14 May 2019

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.

08 May 2019

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 control. BPCA is collecting evidence of members companies.

08 May 2019

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

Natural England has 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 wood pigeon for preventing serious damage to crops are part of a pro

02 May 2019

BPCA talks general licence changes with Natural England

Yesterday (Wednesday 1 May 2019) BPCA met with Natural England to discuss how pest management professionals can continue to protect public health after general licences for bird control were revoked last week.

29 April 2019

New general licence for controlling carrion crows comes into force

Natural England has published the first of the new general licences for controlling birds. The licence starts to replace the previous general licences for controlling carrion crows, a priority species for farmers looking to protect against damage to

26 April 2019

Interim measures for controlling birds now that general licences have been revoked

Last night (Thursday 25 April) the general licences for bird control in England were revoked after a legal challenge. Natural England is expected to release new licences next week; however, pest management professionals can still legally use lethal c

25 April 2019

General licences for bird control in Scotland to remain in place

Scottish Natural Heritage has reassured users of their general licences that they remain in place in Scotland.

25 April 2019

Free tests and new guide tackle spread of resistant rats

All professionals involved in rodent control have a role in tackling the spread of rats that survive high potency rodenticides, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle.

24 April 2019

General licences for bird control will be revoked - BPCA respond

BPCA has been alerted that as of this Thursday (25 April 2019), Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling certain wild bird species.

23 April 2019

California moves towards rodenticide ban

Legislation to ban certain rodenticides in California, USA is now heading to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for approval.

23 April 2019

General licences for bird control: major changes to licensing requirements

Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling certain wild birds as of Thursday 25 April 2019.

07 March 2019

PestEx Seminar schedule announced in full

The PestEx 2019 seminar schedule packs in illustrious speakers from across the sector. Delivered by industry experts, we’ve called in favours from all our friends to make sure you leave PestEx that little bit better informed.

07 March 2019

Rat behaviour in rodent control

With current rodent control challenges facing pest controllers, one of the essential areas of knowledge is an understanding of rodent behaviour.

07 March 2019

Understanding cockroach foraging behaviour

Cockroaches have evolved to exploit our modern urban environments where the structures we build provide a plethora of harbourages, warmth, food and moisture.

07 March 2019

SERVICING STORIES: Empire of the ants

Three blocks of flats. Multiple colonies. Hundreds of thousands of invasive ants. Nigel White, Operations Director of member company Tactical Environmental Services, talks to us about a block treatment of epic proportions.

07 March 2019

The practical implications of bed bug biology and behaviour

When it comes to bed bugs, the more you know, the more effective you’ll be at treating an infestation, Dr Jette Knudsen, a researcher from Nattaro Labs, Sweden shares her detailed insights into bed bug behaviour and biology, so you too can join the b

07 March 2019

Dealing with rodents in sensitive environments

We can become overly confident in our preferred method of rodent control and then suddenly we’re thrown a curveball. Chris Cagienard investigates the environmental considerations we need to make that influence our rodent control strategy.

07 March 2019

PESTWATCH: Foxes

When is a pest not a pest? In this in-depth PestWatch analysis, BPCA's Natalie Bungay returns to the tricky and occasionally prickly subject of Vulpes vulpes – the red fox. She’ll focus on the whens, whys and ifs of fox control.

06 March 2019

Ask the technical team March 2019

Tricky insect ID's, managing complaints and bad neighbour bed bug management questions are all in the BPCA Technical team inbox this issue.

18 February 2019

Pest control frequency calculator released exclusively for BPCA members

BPCA has created a downloadable frequency calculator to help pest management professionals select the appropriate amount of site visits per-year based on the probability and the severity of pest infestations on any given site.

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13 September 2019

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BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provis

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13 September 2019

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CONSULTATION: Wild birds general licence survey launched by Defra

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has launched a public survey as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra is leading this review in close partne

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13 June 2019

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Defra 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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13 September 2019

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BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provis

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13 September 2019

Latest news

CONSULTATION: Wild birds general licence survey launched by Defra

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has launched a public survey as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra is leading this review in close partne

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29 August 2019

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Remembering John Kay

It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of former BPCA President, John Kay. John was a familiar face to many in the pest management industry, with a career spanning 35

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