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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

10 May 2018

Meet the member: Talking client-based growth with Dyno-Pest

In this issue’s Meet the Member we catch up with Ralph Izod, the Founder and Managing Director of longstanding BPCA member Dyno-Pest.

10 May 2018

If you don’t look after your pest control customers, someone else will!

What does it means to look after the pest control clients and what are the potential cost implications of dropping the ball? We ask Martin Harvey from Harvey Environmental Services to share his thoughts.

10 May 2018

Bidding for pest control contract tenders

We've put a guide together for how pest management companies can win bigger contracts by putting themselves out there and bidding for pest control contracts.

10 May 2018

Top 5 BPCA member benefits for getting more customers

There are lots of reasons for joining a trade association but ultimately people choose BPCA because we make your business more profitable. These are our top five member benefits that help you attract (and retain) new clients.

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03 August 2020

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Engaging with pest control clients post-Covid-19

BUSINESS | PPC100 August 2020 You would have to be living in a cave for the last four months not to know that we are living in strange times. Chris Cagienard, director and field biolo

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03 August 2020

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Meet the member: Rising star at Pest Solutions

YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC100 August 2020 BPCA’s Communications Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Gabrielle Hogg, trainee pest technician with Pest Solutions. One of the industry’s br

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09 July 2020

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BPCA helps put auditors straight on insecticide usage requirements for public health pest management

BPCA has had reports of auditors asking pest professionals for Pa1 Pa6 pesticide training certificates. The use of insecticides for public health pests does not require the user to have P

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10 August 2020

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New pesticide labels toolbox talk released for BPCA members

A new pesticide labels toolbox talk template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required). It is important that

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06 August 2020

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Rodenticide resistance survey appeal to farmers

Rats resistant to rodenticides are breeding in the UK and more information from farmers is needed to reduce their numbers. A new survey will compile data to establish the extent to which r

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06 August 2020

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VIDEO: Terms and conditions, contracts, force majeure and cancellations - BEB Consultancy

Learn about the importance of water-tight contracts, terms and conditions. In this video, BEB Consultancy will cover subjects like: What contracts and terms and conditions you need?

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