Feature articles

06 March 2018

Premium performance: master your van insurance

Content and Communications Officer, Scott Johnstone, teamed up with Stephen Hughes from Bradshaw Bennett to get some tips together for PPC readers.

06 March 2018

Unbugging local authority pest control

While many local authorities are scaling back their pest control work (or cutting it altogether), the PPC team went to meet a local authority that’s ramping up pest management work by offering a more professional, commercial service.

06 March 2018

Back to school pest awareness

Dee and Natalie usually spend time talking pest awareness to high-ups in food premises or the hospitality industry but sometimes something different comes along...

06 March 2018

GDPR May 2018 deadline approaches: what pest control companies need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means that individuals have greater control over how organisations collect, use and protect their personal data. It’s potentially a big change to how you’ll use client information when you’re marketing to

06 March 2018

INFOGRAPHIC: A look at 2017

2017 was when BPCA set its sights firmly on engagement and satisfaction. More members, their employees and associated industries engage with us than ever before. The aim in 2018 is to drive forward membership satisfaction and engagement at all levels

06 March 2018

BPCA ‘paralleled governance’ dates

2018 sees the realisation of BPCA’s paralleled committee meeting structure. In previous years Servicing Committee meetings had been placed close to Executive Board meetings for convenience. However, this year will see a few changes to make a more str

06 March 2018

Ask the Technical Team March 2018

When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced technical team. We’ve rounded up a couple of the best questions we’ve had in the last few months, so everyone can benefit from the advice.

06 March 2018

Haven’t registered for your Regional Forum yet?

BPCA hosts events for everyone interested in pest management all around the UK. Regional Forums are completely free to attend, so we can only think of three reasons why you haven’t registered yet...

06 March 2018

BPCA’s Contract Sharing Network (CSN) – 12 months on

Officially launched at PestEx 2017, the CSN was developed by a group of small and medium BPCA member companies. These were either tired of being let down by smaller sub-contractors, or aggravated at the way some larger companies were treating them th

09 February 2018

BPCA’s PrintShop open for business

BPCA’s newest member benefit is now open for business. The online print shop allows members to personalise quality design templates for information and promotional purposes.

09 February 2018

Pest Awareness Week is just rubbish

The inextricable link between litter and pests is clear. More rubbish, particularly food stuffs, supports the emergence of pests, and rodent infestations particularly.

02 February 2018

Pest controllers updated about rodenticide resistance concerns

A new study by Reading University has identified "the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England." Co-author Dr Colin Prescott explains that L120Q is the most severe form of rodenticide resistance identified to da

04 January 2018

The January I started out in pest control - Asa's story

Asa Goldschmied, Founder and Director of Proton Environmental, started out in the pest management industry five years ago now. He looks back at what it was like to change careers and his first tricky January in the business.

08 December 2017

BPCA lobby Natural England on delay in securing bird licences

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has written to Natural England expressing concern over the length of time class licences are currently being issued.

07 December 2017

Employers’ liability insurance – what is it and do you need it?

Did you know that all employers are responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and if an employee is injured whilst at work they can look to their employer for compensation?

17 November 2017

Recruit a pest controller: From posting a job to hiring a new employee

Looking at bringing a new pest management technician on board but don’t know where to start? We’ll go through the whole process and tell you all about the tools we offer to help you find your perfect new colleague.

17 November 2017

New York Rat Safari

Andy Beckmann organises one of the largest pest management trade shows in Europe, Pest-Protect. While researching other trade-shows around the world, Andy has seen many weird and wonderful things. In this guest article, Andy tells us about his advent

17 November 2017

Don’t get replaced by a robot pest controller!

We’ve been talking about new technology in pest management lots over the last few issues. BPCA Technical Manager, Dee Ward-Thompson investigates how we best protect our profession with the impending age of automation on the horizon.

17 November 2017

The death of the Yellow Pages and the rise of Shirley Temple

Telephone, telephone table, family address book, pen pot (complete with an assortment of random pens) and The Yellow Pages. My, how times have changed…

17 November 2017

Quick marketing audits for every pest management company

We get a lot of questions about how to market your pest control business. We've found four free 15-minute marketing audits that every pest management company can do to check your brand is talking to your customers.

16 November 2017

Controlling reputation – we can’t help if we don’t know!

A first lesson of public relations is to take control of potentially bad press. Being part of a trade association is a useful, but often forgotten, mechanism to help preserve reputation.

16 November 2017

Pest control while protecting our bats

All UK bat species eat insects and as such do play a part in insect pest control in the UK – a single bat can eat thousands of insects each night. Bats are also considered to be one of our bio-indicator species – where there is a healthy bat populati

16 November 2017

PPC Live 2018: Your questions answered

BPCA Events Manager, Lauren Day, has been to her fair share of trade shows. She answers your big questions about PPC Live.

16 November 2017

PPC Live: Seminars, outdoor demonstrations and exhibitors

The full PPC Live seminar and outdoor demonstration programmes have been released! Take a look at what we've got planned.

16 November 2017

Back to basics: effective control of stubborn mouse infestations

Many of us will have come across those stubborn, hard to control infestations. Pest Solutions (Glasgow) technical lead, Chris Cagienard makes the case for getting back to basics with mouse control.