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08 March 2018

PPC90 and PPC Live Showguide out now

Professional Pest Controller issue 90 and the PPC Live showguide are out now. The BPCA member and industry magazine is packed full of all the latest pest control news and features (March 2018).

07 March 2018

Passing torches: an interview with Ian and Simon

At the time we were getting PPC90 together one CEO was leaving and another was yet to start. Instead of your usual Chief Exec Viewpoint, PPC managed to grab Ian Andrew before his 1 February start date and sat him down alongside Simon Forrester for a

07 March 2018

Anticoagulant resistance in house mice ...a moving target.

Move with it ...or miss out! Adrian Meyer is an author and editor of the British Pest Management Manual (BPM). He talks us through the issue of pesticide resistance and the research being conducted.

07 March 2018

Rodenticide concentration: the effect on resistance

Sharon Hughes, Global Technical Marketing Manager of Rodenticides at BASF, considers how the proposed reduction in the concentration at which anticoagulants are used may impact on resistance and selection for resistance in house mice and Norway rats.

07 March 2018

Anticoagulant rodenticide changes for 2018

Our Manufacturer and Distributor Committee has helped us put together an article with all the upcoming changes to professional use rodenticides.

07 March 2018

New Code of Best Practice: Snap back traps

The new Code of Best Practice for The Use of Break Back Traps/Snap Traps has been released. If you’re working in a BPCA Servicing company you should already be following the Code as it’s part of our membership criteria.

07 March 2018

Black Death? It wasn’t me

A new study suggests that rats might not be responsible for spreading the Black Death and subsequent epidemics of bubonic plague that rampaged across Europe, Asia and Africa for over 600 years.

07 March 2018

How do you sell pest control to a farmer?

With stewardship being (very nearly) two years old, Marketing and Communications Manager Ben Massey looks at the business opportunities that have been created.

07 March 2018

Pestwatch: Squirrels

We’ve changed our regular PestWatch feature and asked our technical team to focus on just one pest to look out for over the coming months. To kick off, Dee and Natalie have chosen the grey squirrel.

07 March 2018

Top 5 weird and wonderful pest call-outs

Every so often, circumstances come together that leave you speechless and wondering ‘what the hell just happened?!’ Guest writer Asa Goldschmied shares his experiences.

07 March 2018

Branding your pest control van

Marketing and Communications Manager, Ben Massey, looks at the top tips for using your pest control van as a canvas for marketing and promoting your business.

07 March 2018

Rocket Van! Van safety for the professional pest controller

Sometimes it feels as if we spend as much time in work vehicles as we do out on jobs. How often do we take the time to really appreciate our trusty vans? Technical Manager, Dee Ward-Thompson investigates how to keep vans legal, safe and on the road.

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.

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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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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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30 June 2020

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Open letter to Natural England: Individual licences for gull control in England, this year and beyond

Today, BPCA has written to Dave Slater, the Director for wildlife licensing at Natural England regarding the future of individual licences for gull control.  The letter expresse

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05 August 2020

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Contego launches charity fundraising pledge

BPCA member Contego continues long-standing tradition of charitable giving back with launch of its 'Pledge to Make a Difference'.  Contego got off the ground in 2004, follo

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05 August 2020

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Should I sign that? Contracts and small print with BEB Consultancy

In this guest blog, specialist contracts and legal services expert BEB Consultancy talk about how to approach written contracts, hidden terms and reading the small print. Thousands of

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05 August 2020

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PestEx 2021 exhibition stands at 50% sold or reserved

PestEx 2021 stands are already at 50% sold or reserved, as the industry looks forward to its first big event post-Covid-19 lockdown next March. With the London ExCeL confirming

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