13 September 2019

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 provisions and our role in protecting citizen’s fo

13 September 2019

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 partnership with Natural England. Take the su

29 August 2019

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 years. Joining Rentokil from the Royal Navy,

29 August 2019

Pest photo of the year launched

BPCA is looking for the best pest photograph of the year and is offering a £500 prize for anyone who captures the perfect image of public health pest control. The competition is officially open now. All you need to do is tweet

28 August 2019

Mitie Pest Control purchase given go-ahead

The purchase of Mitie Pest Control by Rentokil Initial has been green-lit by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following an investigation.   In an update posted on the Gov UK website, the CMA a

23 August 2019

PPC96 out now

Professional pest controller magazine issue 96 is out now and available to read online for free. The magazine can be read online or downloaded as a PDF or you can join our Affiliate Scheme and request a hard copy. 

23 August 2019

Advert: New Partix technology

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23 August 2019

More than a business decision

President foreword | PPC96 August 2019 How do you decide whether your membership is value for money or not? Domestic work trickles in from the ‘Find a pest controller’ tool. Your membership certificate and

23 August 2019

May you live in interesting times...

Chief Exec Viewpoint | PPC96 August 2019 ‘May you live in interesting times’ is a phrase we often use and is translated from a Chinese curse. Presumably, if times were less interesting, we would have fewer challenges

23 August 2019

Flying insects in hospitals carry 'superbug' germs

Health and safety | PPC96 August 2019 More than 50% of bacteria recovered from flying insects in a group of English hospitals were resistant to one or more antibiotics, posing a potential infection risk to patients, according to a ne

23 August 2019

Ask the technical team August 2019

Technical | PPC96 August 2019 Our technical team tackle bee nests, reporting and delusional parasitosis in this issue. When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced techni

23 August 2019

A birds-eye view of general licences

Legislation| PPC96 August 2019 Since April this year, it’s been all hands on deck in the pest management world, getting to grips with changes in bird control licences and the way we manage pest birds. Now that we have some

23 August 2019

INFOGRAPHIC: General licence decision tree 2019

Legislation | PPC96 August 2019 Need a hand figuring out whether you're covered by the new general licences or if you need to apply for an individual licence? Take a look at our infographic. 

23 August 2019

PestWatch: Silverfish and grey silverfish

Technical| PPC96 August 2019 In this in-depth PestWatch analysis, BPCA Technical Officer, Natalie Bungay, investigates silverfish and grey silverfish, paying particular attention to the difference in approaches when confronting each speci

23 August 2019

Using tracking agents for pest management

Pest control| PPC96 August 2019 When talking to pest professionals who have a particularly tricky rodent infestation, our technical team usually suggest tracking agents as an investigative tool. The usual response is, “Hmmm, ye

23 August 2019

Best practice or Balderdash?

Best practice| PPC96 August 2019 You don’t need a contract for a wasps nest… or do you? While our tools and technology over the years have evolved and adapted, our practices haven’t necessarily changed at the same

23 August 2019

Developments in mosquito management

Technical| PPC96 August 2019 Traditionally mosquitoes have been treated with pesticides and insect growth regulators by pest controllers, but scientists have been looking at how we can fundamentally change our foe to make them less of a p

22 August 2019

Things that sting: insect venom and allergies

Health and Safety | PPC96 August 2019 Insect stings by Hymenoptera species are very common, with more than half of the population being stung at some stage in their lives. Pest management professionals are obviously more at

22 August 2019

Selling your pest management services using the law

Business feature| PPC96 August 2019 Paul Westgate, Managing Director of Sussex-based Westgate Pest Control and industry trainer with BPCA, has worked in urban pest management for nearly 20 years. Paul examines the positives that

22 August 2019

Ratcatcher to riches: Championing Professionalism

Your association | PPC96 August 2019 Way back in PPC91 we showed you our ‘strategic plan at a glance’. Part of BPCA’s strategy is to champion the professionalism of the sector. But what does that mean? What hav

22 August 2019

BPCA Professionalism Working Groups

Your association | PPC96 August 2019 What does championing professionalism in pest management look like today? These groups are posing some huge questions with no easy answers. Many members are working to help answer them and, ultima

22 August 2019

Meet the member: “Starting Lady Bug Pest Control saved my life.”

Your association | PPC96 August 2019 “I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how did you get into pest control?” As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Vicki Sims hears this question a lot. BPCA Commun

22 August 2019

Contract Sharing Network celebrates national contract

Your association | PPC9 August 2019 The Contract Sharing Network (CSN) was officially launched at PestEx 2017 and since then has been limited to small groups of contracts and pigeon proofing jobs. In April 2019, a significant step wa

22 August 2019

Proactive bee management experiments

Your association | PPC96 August 2019 It can’t be said enough - we love bees. Nobody would choose to treat bees and so as pest management professionals we should all be looking at ways to minimise the public health risks of bee infes

22 August 2019

Observe a Servicing Committee meeting

Your association | PPC96 August 2019 The BPCA Servicing Committee represents the interests of the service and consultancy sector of the public health pest management industry. They draft Codes of Best Practice and help inf