In the September issue of Professional Pest Controller magazine (PPC92) we're taking flight with all things bird control including, an introduction to bird management, all your vital pest bird stats, and then a look at the tools of the trade. We're even delving into the psyche of our feathered foes so you can better understand their behaviour.

We'll also be looking at the oldest form of pest managemnet companies - family buisnesses. From making it work, to work-life balance, to sucession planning - we've got it covered. Plus we've got the return of our industry awards, a look at pests on the silver screen, and more information about BPCA's new CPD scheme.   

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03 September 2018

President foreword: I know where the summer goes

Tom Homes, BPCA President looks back at the industry's busiest few months of the year to see what BPCA has been up to.

03 September 2018

Chief Exec viewpoint: First 100(ish) days

We catch up with BPCA CEO, Ian Andrew, to see how his first 100 days - give or take - on the job have been.

03 September 2018

An introduction to effective bird management

Bird management is a tricky but crucial arm of public health pest control and potentially a huge growth area for a professional servicing company willing to learn.

03 September 2018

Understanding behaviour for successful bird control

Anyone with experience in bird work will tell you that there’s nothing stupid about the nation’s problem birds. We investigate how understanding and controlling behaviour is key to reducing risks in this field.

03 September 2018

Birds of prey: The biological and environmentally friendly bird control

The natural approach to bird control can be extremely effective in providing the correct programme is implemented We take a look at the nuances of using birds of prey to manage bird pest species.

30 August 2018

Choosing the right tools for effective bird management

Bird control products are continually evolving. It can be hard to keep up with the latest developments and to understand which products work best in a particular situation.

30 August 2018

Top 5 Avian Pests

We’ve put together our own set of ‘top trumps’ cards with all the vital statistics and fun facts on the most common nuisance birds you’re most likely to encounter in the UK.

30 August 2018

The ultimate bird control netting guide

With an extensive choice of bird control and proofing products available, there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting the most suitable netting products for the job.

30 August 2018

PESTWATCH: Secondary infestations from birds

Continuing PPC’s round of in-depth PestWatch features, Field Officer Natalie Bungay inspects birds’ homes and finds some unwelcome guests within them.

30 August 2018

Advert: Their customer support is second to none

Customer testimonial. Advertisement from PestFix.

30 August 2018

Ring-necked parakeets in buildings

Affectionately nicknamed the ‘posh pigeon’, Britain’s strangest invasive avian pest seems to be here to stay. These flamboyant rascals aren’t just targeting fruit trees...

30 August 2018

The value of family-run pest management companies

Professor Claire Seaman investigates the value of being a family-run pest control company.

30 August 2018

Pest control and keeping it in the family

Pest management companies are often run by families, with trade secrets and family values being carried down through the ages. We asked the Institute for Family Business to give us their top tips.

30 August 2018

Defending the dynasty

We invited ourselves into the family homes of two BPCA member companies to see how they make their family business successful in the pest control sector.

30 August 2018

Work-life balance for professional pest controllers

Time with your family makes you happier, healthier and more productive. PPC asked life coach Chris Dudley to weigh in on the perennial balancing act between home and work life.

30 August 2018

Health, safety and compliance considerations for family-run pest control businesses

Running a family business can sometimes mean that policies and procedures may be treated as being ‘flexible’. We look at some of the challenges that a family business may face.

30 August 2018

HR considerations for family-run pest control businesses

Ben Crawford, Head of HR and Employment Law at BPCA BusinessShield, deliberates on family HR matters.

30 August 2018

Bigger. Better. Giant. British Pest Management Awards 2019

Do you want to be nationally recognised for what you do? As the countdown to PestEx 2019 starts, the excitement begins to build for the second ever British Pest Management Awards.

30 August 2018

Advert: PestEx - Register for free now

The UK's largest trade exhibition and conference for the pest control industry. Registration open.

30 August 2018

Hollywood Pests: Pest control film reviews

The release of Ant-Man and the Wasp from Marvel Studios got us thinking about high profile pests on the silver screen...

30 August 2018

Meet your new Executive Board members

At June’s AGM, three members were elected onto the Association’s Executive Board. Keen to understand their big picture view on pest control, we asked all three ‘new recruits’ the following big question...

30 August 2018

Ask the technical team September 2018

Pigeons, landlords. bee and soil... just some of the latest questions that our Technical Team have been asked.

30 August 2018

Beyond certification with East Coast Pest Control

When Andy Hunn, Managing Director of East Coast Pest Control, started his own business 16 years ago, it’d have been hard to imagine attending a global summit for pest management.

30 August 2018

Summer Summit: Global Summit of Pest Management Services

BPCA sent our Chief Exec and Technical Manager to the Global Summit in Portugal. They both came back exhausted and tan-less. We asked them to report their findings to PPC readers.

30 August 2018

Calling all bed buggers!

BPCA is looking for people who are passionate about protecting the British public from bed bugs.

30 August 2018

BPCA Regional Forums 2019 schedule released

BPCA hosts events for everyone interested in pest management all around the UK. Our Regional Forum dates for 2019 have been announced.

30 August 2018

The importance of Continual Professional Development (CPD) in pest management

We've announced BPCA Registered, an in-house Individual Recognition and Continual Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. We take a look at the scheme and the role CPD has in the pest management industry.

30 August 2018

Advert: Not all rat blockers are equal

The Nordisk TX11 is simply the best engineered and most dependable Rat Blocker available. Advertisement from Metex.

30 August 2018

Advert: The nest EVOlution of Bait Stations

One key, endless solutions. Advertisement from Bell Laboratories.

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