17 January 2020

The importance of giving back

BPCA member company Contego got off the ground in 2004, following funding support from the Prince's Trust charity.  Now going from strength-to-strength, Contego's CEO Michael Taylor talks about the value in paying it forward and giving b

16 January 2020

How to boost your Find a pest controller profile

One of the benefits of being a BPCA Servicing member is having your business included on our website’s Find a pest controller tool. This is our online database which allows the public to search for trusted pest management companies

16 January 2020

Could you be the new BASIS FACTS Chairperson?

BASIS is seeking to recruit a new Chairperson for the BASIS FACTS Advisory Committee, starting in March 2020. The FACTS Committee comprises of representatives from a range of academic, advisory and commercial organisations, whi

09 January 2020

New categories and cards for BPCA Registered

BPCA Registered announces new categories and cards for employees registered on its individual recognition and CPD scheme. BPCA Registered now has a range of cards relevant to both the role you carry out and your level of qualificati

09 January 2020

Employment law changes for 2020

 There are some changes to employment law coming this year in the UK, which you might not be aware of.  Parental bereavement leave rights take effect The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is expected to come into f

08 January 2020

Are we going to lose more insecticides in 2020?

With several prominent changes to insecticides in 2019, BPCA's been asked what the future of insecticides will look like. While nothing is certain, we've tried to clarify what's going on. As with rodenticides, all insecticides are i

08 January 2020

Plan your pest control training, development and CPD for 2020

Whether you’re with BPCA Registered or Basis, CPD is an essential part of your year. How about taking some time at the start of 2020 to plan it out? BPCA has developed a training and development template to help members.  You

08 January 2020

Volunteers wanted: BPCA Executive Board

Because the BPCA AGM will be earlier this year, we’re appealing for Board members sooner than normal. The AGM will be held in April this year, alongside our Midland forum. We have several spots available on the Board due

08 January 2020

Ficam W withdrawal dates announced

Following the recent announcement that Ficam W is to be removed from the market, Bayer have announced they now have working timescales for the UK, in terms of sell-out and usage periods. 8 June 2020: sales of Ficam W will cease

08 January 2020

PPC Live 2020 schedule announced

The full schedule for PPC Live 2020 has been announced and we’ve packed it with illustrious speakers from across the sector. Taking place on Wednesday 11 March at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, PPC Live is for t

07 January 2020

Human hair behind pigeon deformity

Pigeons with missing toes is a fairly common phenomenon in European cities like Paris and London. But what's the cause?  A team of scientists from France’s National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the University

07 January 2020

Remembering Peter Bateman

It's with sadness that we learned this week of the passing of former BPCA President, Peter Bateman. Peter passed away peacefully on New Year's Day with his wife, Joan, by his side. Peter spent 33 years with Rentokil, the last 20 of

07 January 2020

What’s happening with bird licences?

As we enter 2020, BPCA Technical Officer Natalie Bungay gives a brief overview of the current status of bird licences for pest management across the UK.   England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have differen

03 January 2020

Staying safe on the roads

We're still deep into winter, which doesn't end in the UK until March. Pest control is a mobile business and so it's worth looking at how you can stay safe on the roads, whether on the job or otherwise.  There are a range of da

08 October 2019

Parasite pests can pose problems for people and pets

Pest control experts are urging people to be aware of the threat to health posed by fleas. The jumping parasites, which can leap more than a foot from one host to another, can cause problems for both humans and pets. Skin complaints and t

16 December 2019

Scotland: General Licences for bird control update

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have issued an update on the general licensing system in Scotland for 2020, following a period of consultation.    Over 700 responses to the consultation were received, with people sharing th

11 December 2019

Ficam W to be withdrawn from the market

BPCA member Bayer has announced that Ficam W is to be removed from the market, following a vote from the EU Biocide commission. Alan Morris, Bayer head of environmental science, explains that the industry can expect a

11 December 2019

VIDEO: Inspection and control of bed bugs

Watch back our webinar on inspection and control of tricky bed bugs. This is the second video, following on from our bed bugs basics webinar. In this video Natalie discusses: Inspection and survey Pre and post-treatment requirements Che

10 December 2019

End of year and election reflections from BPCA Chief Exec

December is always a great time for reflection and looking forward to the new year. BPCA Chief Executive, Ian Andrew, takes a look at where we’ve been, where we’re going and gives us a round-up of what a BPCA election manifesto might look

04 December 2019

PestTech 2019 hits the target

In November BPCA sent a team along to PestTech 2019 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. It was a busy day, with a steady stream of delegates and around 50 exhibitors (including BPCA).   We always like to champion r

04 December 2019

Scholarship announced for Leadership Program

Women and Leadership International (WLI), an organisation working to provide professional development to women for the last 15 years, has announced a £2,500 scholarship available to women in the UK.  The Advanced Lea

03 December 2019

Individual bird licences for 2019 set to expire

 A reminder to pest technicians that individual licences for bird control will expire on 31 December 2019. If current general licences do not cover your requirements, you should apply now to receive new individual licences

03 December 2019

VIDEO: Bed bug control for pest professionals

Watch back our webinar on professional bed bug control. In this first of a 2-part series, Natalie talks biology, lifecycles, public health and prevention. The one hour video covers five main topics: Bed bug identification Bed bug biology

02 December 2019

Earn as you learn with new trainee programme

BPCA member company Abate Pest Management are recruiting for two individuals to join their new trainee scheme.  The programme, which begins in January 2020, consists of a two-year training scheme where indiv

28 November 2019

BPCA member Rentokil tops popular employers list

BPCA member Rentokil Initial has knocked global tech giant Apple off the top spot in a league table of UK's most popular employers.   Rentokil was reviewed by its staff as the best company to work for in the UK, a