Pests news from BPCA

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Brain-Invading Parasite Spreads Through Climate Change

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of a rare parasitic infection known as rat lungworm

24 April 2017

Move over, Pizza Rat... It's Taco Squirrel!

A gutsy rat that dragged a full slice of pizza down the stairs of a New York City subway station became a social media sensation back in 2015.

16 March 2017

Trending: Chinese restaurant’s pest warning goes viral

We had a good giggle when someone shared this picture of a sign in China about their rat problem.

16 March 2017

Endangered Bees: Pesticides blamed

The American rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) has made its way onto the endangered species list.

16 March 2017

Mouse Cafe launched

Most people spend their time trying to keep rodents out of food premises - not building one specifically for mice.

16 March 2017

Movie Review: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary ‘Rats’

It’s very rare to be able to combine a love for pest control and cinema, but when a 1:28 horror documentary makes its way onto Netflix - it’s time to get out the popcorn.

02 March 2017

PPC86: The PestEx Edition OUT NOW

Professional Pest Controller (PPC) magazine is the premier quarterly magazine for the pest management industry.

11 February 2017

Freedom of information request reveals thousands of pest control call outs in NHS hospitals

Data by the Press Association shows that pest controllers were called out over 5000 times by hospitals in England.

27 January 2017

Revised glueboard code launched

Last month saw the re-launch of the Pest Management Alliance Code of Best Practice for the Humane Use of Rodent Glueboards. The Code has been revisited by BPCA and its fellow Alliance members, plus Natural England and DEFRA.

28 November 2016

Rats menace threatens Christmas spirit

Homeowners are being urged to be on their guard as cold weather threatens to spark a plague of rats over Christmas.

10 November 2016

Rare seabird population triples on Scilly Isles thanks to investment in rodent control

A three-year rodent control project, backed by Prince Charles, has successfully resulted in the number of nesting Manx shearwaters to increase dramatically.

10 November 2016

Using refined sticky traps to meet the challenge of pesticide resistant thrips and whitefly

With more and more pests becoming resistant to pesticides, alternative control methods are being put to the test to combat flower thrip and whitefly infestations.

06 October 2016

UPDATE: Asian hornets nest found near Bristol

The pumpkin-sized hornet's nest was at the top of a 17m conifer found in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

05 October 2016

BPCA on radio after fire service issues wasp nest warning

Fire services covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, issued a warning this week after a DIY treatment of a Wasps nest went horribly wrong.

20 September 2016

Sighting of an Asian Hornet in the UK

Pest experts are warning members of the public to remain vigilant following the first sighting of an Asian Hornet in the UK.

14 July 2016

Updated zoonotic disease guidelines publishes

Guidelines for the Investigation of Zoonotic Disease (non-foodborne) in England and Wales (Version 2),

11 July 2016

Proactive public health pest management

The British Pest Control Association's (BPCA) Servicing Committee Chair, Philip Halpin puts forward his three golden rules for effective pest management.

26 February 2016

BPCA attend DEFRA meeting regarding trapping

Dee Ward-Thompson attended a DEFRA meeting held on 31 January regarding trapping. 38 people attended the meeting, including farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers.

14 July 2015

Baiting operations concluded on South Georgia as plans get underway for long-term monitoring

Hopes that globally important seabird sanctuary is now free of rats for first time in two centuries

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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

Latest news

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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