Feature articles

16 November 2017

Pest control in space

Pest controllers are no strangers to alien invasive species. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi due to hit our screens in December, we’ve received some amusing requests for practical guidance for pest technicians interested in taking their trade intergala

16 November 2017

Ask the Technical Team November 2017

Being the leading association for pest management in the UK means that you get a lot of professional pest control questions piling up in your inbox.

16 November 2017

Norwegian, Wood – isn’t it good? Pest management in Norway

What happens when you take a Norwegian pest technician out with you on your rounds? James Wood, a technician from Beaver Pest Control, took Rune Bratland, owner of Skadedyrservice AS, Bergen to a couple of his regular contract jobs.

16 November 2017

Pestwatch: Technical help for professional pest controllers

Our technical team is out and about all over the country, and they always have their ear to the ground. This is what they think you need to look out for between November and February.

16 November 2017

Your Association: Get involved with PPC magazine

A considerable amount of time and resources get dedicated to creating PPC magazine. Content and Communications Officer, Scott Johnstone, looks to what the future holds for PPC and how you can be involved in its development in 2018.

16 November 2017

Is professional pest control training your competitive advantage?

How do you promote competitive advantage, particularly in a sector where most companies do the same thing? BPCA Training Development Manager, Karen Dawes, tells us her thoughts on how training can be turned into your unique selling point.

02 November 2017

EDG release apprenticeship End Point Assessment for consultation

BPCA’s Employer Development Group (EDG), responsible for driving the trailblazer apprenticeship standard for professional pest management has today released the End Point Assessment for consultation with the industry.

09 October 2017

Simon Forrester to leave as BPCA Chief Executive 

After a hugely successful tenure as chief executive of the British Pest Control Association, Simon Forrester will be leaving his role with the association, in January of next year. 

04 October 2017

All employers have automatic enrolment duties – don’t ignore it. It’s the law

A guest article by Darren Ryder, Director of Automatic Enrolment, The Pensions Regulator. Are you ready for automatic enrollment?

19 September 2017

PPC88 out now

BPCA's quarterly industry magazine, Professional Pest Controller (PPC) is out now. Issue 88 (September 2017) is full to the brim of pest and business news and features. Get your copy free here.

13 September 2017

BPCA Servicing Membership process – bring your company into membership

Joining BPCA as a full Servicing Member can be an enormous benefit for you and your company, but changes to criteria, new audits and subscription fees may seem a little daunting. PPC asked Rachel Eyre, BPCA Membership Officer, to demystify the whole

13 September 2017

Shout it from the rooftops

With the first wave of independent audits to the British Standard have been completed. We ask Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA Technical Manager, “What comes next?"

13 September 2017

Your new (digital) home

Moving home is always scary, especially when you share it with 600+ members. A website is more than a digital presence – it’s the interconnected home of a membership organisation, its members and affiliates. Oh, and BPCA’s home gets nearly a million

13 September 2017

The future started yesterday: Barcelona Pest Control Innovation Forum

In late May Simon Forrester attended the second Barcelona Pest Control Innovation Forum, organised by ADEPAP, the Catalonian Pest Management Association.

13 September 2017

Review: BPCA National Survey and the media

Earlier this year (on World Pest Day) we published our National Survey of local authorities as part of the worldwide campaign aimed to penetrate mainstream media, raising awareness of pest control generally, but also its influence on public health.

13 September 2017

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s pest techs!

Complete Pest Control’s 21-year-old boss, Oliver Fitzgerald grasped the challenge of starting a business immediately after A Levels. He talks to us about the challenges of being a young pest control company owner.

13 September 2017

Apprenticeships update

BPCA announced earlier this year that it’s Pest Control Employer Development Group (EDG) had produced the Pest Control Technician Apprenticeship Standard ready for submission to the Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme. We caught up with the new Chair o

13 September 2017

Level 2 qualified at 18!

Lewis Westlake, from Servicing Member company Acute Pest Control, has passed his Level 2 Award in Pest Management qualification at the tender age of only 18 years old.

13 September 2017

The Brit in Brussels

Henry Mott has served as BPCA President and still actively runs a pest management company here in the UK. Now he’s taken his seat at the top of the table for the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA).

13 September 2017

Macro-scale eradication; the only way to be sure?

Simon Forrester investigates whether or not complete eradication of a species is the only way to preserve public health, and the hidden impacts of wiping out a pest organism.

13 September 2017

Cereals 2017: wake up to fumigation

Following a request from the Fumigation and Controlled Environments (FaCE) Forum, BPCA travelled to the village of Boothby Graffoe to take a stand at the technical agricultural event Cereals. We brought along members of the FaCE Forum to talk about a

13 September 2017

Rats underfoot; drainage engineer or pest control technician?

What do you do when you suspect a rodent’s route of entry is from a flaw in the inaccessible pipes beneath your feet? We asked drainage expert, Mick Grant from BPCA Associate Member company, MG Drainage, to give us an insight into the potentially dra

13 September 2017

Apptastic! Smarter pest control at your fingertips

The digital software arms race has never been so competitive. For smaller companies, choosing the right application to help drive that bottom line up can be a challenging activity to undertake. Ben Massey takes a look at the options...

13 September 2017

Pests on holiday

Do you struggle to leave work at home when you go away on holiday? Rather be doing a bit of pest management than topping up the tan? No, we don’t either. Regardless, we press on... Here are PPC’s top holiday pests you may (or may not) fancy wrestling

13 September 2017

Ask the Technical Team September 2017

Being the leading association for pest management in the UK means that you get a lot of professional pest control questions piling up in your inbox. When you’re a BPCA member you can get technical support whenever you need it via our experienced tech