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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

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

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

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

Ask the technical team September 2018

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

26 July 2018

40% of farmers still consider permanent rodenticide baiting essential

In a recent survey conducted by CRRU UK, permanent rodenticide baiting is still considered essential by more than 1-in-3 farmer - contrary to stewardship guidelines.

11 July 2018

BPCA scoops award for social media excellence

Last night, at the Trade Association Forum’s awards evening, BPCA won the Best Practice Award for Social Media 2018.

14 June 2018

New Code of Best Practice: The Use of Air Guns in Pest Control

The new Code of Best Practice for The Use of Air Guns in Pest Control is now available to download.

11 May 2018

The big pest control get together: a look back at PPC Live 2018

Third time’s the charm for BPCA’s roaming trade show, PPC Live. With more visitors, exhibitors, and positive feedback than ever before – we’re calling it a win for everyone involved.

11 May 2018

Leave it to the professionals: Considering the bigger picture of pest control

Director of Precision Pest Management Solutions and BPCA Executive Board Member, Mike Ayers, shares his thoughts on why it’s now more important than ever for BPCA members to mobilise and consider the bigger picture of pest control.

11 May 2018

Road trip to success: BPCA Strategic Plan 2018-2020

BPCA reveal their updated strategic plan 2018-2020 which includes commentary from our Chief Exec, Ian Andrew.

11 May 2018

Biological and environmental factors affecting wasp numbers

A good wasp season can give the diligent pest controller a tidy profit, and so there is the temptation to rely on these returns in subsequent years. However wasp work can be a fickle game, and you could find yourself facing a tight squeeze because wa

11 May 2018

Back to Basics: Flying insect control and IPM

One day I’ll fly away… but until then, we’ll press ahead practising the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) with vigour, says Ralph Izod, Managing Director of BPCA member company Dyno-Pest.

11 May 2018

Talking to pest control customers about bees

BPCA’s newest special interest group, Beewise, has been put to work trying to take the sting out of communicating with clients about bees around the home.

10 May 2018

Controlling flies in commercial food sites

Although rodent infestations tend to be considered a more extreme issue by customers, flying insects that can pose the greatest risk to the contamination of products and packaging. Chris Cagienard makes a case for how and why we prioritise flying ins

10 May 2018

Pestwatch: Queen wasps

For our second in-depth PestWatch feature, we are doffing our caps to the most regal of all the species pest controllers are likely to encounter - the queen wasp.

10 May 2018

Formulating an effective insect control plan

With an extensive variety of insecticides available on the market there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting an appropriate product for a job. Bayer Technical Manager, Richard Moseley, gives his top tips for choosing the right p

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13 June 2019

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Defra release three new general licences for bird control

Three new general licences for the killing or taking of wild birds in England will be issued at 00:01 on Friday 14 June, says Defra.  The recent call for evidence demonstrated a rang

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06 June 2019

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Bee removal and Glis glis added to Find a pest controller tool

The ever-popular BPCA Find a pest controller tool now includes options for ethical bee removal and Glis glis treatments. BPCA member companies that offer bee removal (rather

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04 June 2019

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BPCA marks World Pest Day 2019 with message to local authorities

Today is World Pest Day and to celebrate we’re launching a targeted campaign to local authorities. We’re urging councils across the UK to put pest management firmly on their radar,

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17 July 2019

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Stay alert to membership fraud

Being a full BPCA member is a mark of quality and professionalism. The entry criteria and ongoing requirements for membership are the highest in the pest management industry.   F

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17 July 2019

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MIDS pest technician forum "great success"

It was a relaxed and fun day at the first MIDS technician forum in Hertfordshire last week. Planned and hosted by Steve Middleton at MIDS Pest Control, the day was supported by BPCA and several

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17 July 2019

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Syngenta App aims to keep pest techs up to date on the go

A new Syngenta Professional Pest Management App, designed to help technicians get the best out of products, is now available for download to smartphones and tablets.    The

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