In this issue of Professional Pest Controller magazine (PPC88) we look to the future to help imagine what the future of pest management might have in store for us. We'll tell you about the key discussion points at the Barcelona Pest Control Innovation Forum. We take an in-depth look at the new BPCA digital home. Our team looks at the apps that might make your business smarter, and we investigate what the future of pest control education might look like for young pest technicians.

We also investigate some of the ethical and practical problems of the eradication of a pest species and delve into the tough world of urban wildlife management. We have an exclusive look at what might be lurking in the drains beneath out feet (complete with CPD quiz). And that’s not all. We have all our usual features, practical advice, interviews and association updates.

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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. 

13 September 2017

Engagement? Mission: possible.

New BPCA President Tom Holmes introduces himself and his perspectives on our industry and association...

13 September 2017

“I don’t need to join BPCA – I just need a badge.”

BPCA Chief Executive, Simon Forrester, speculates about why there are still pest management servicing companies reluctant to join BPCA, but are happy to reap the benefits of the work we do for the industry.

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

13 September 2017

ICUP: warm reception boosts urban pests

The ninth incarnation of ICUP took place at Aston University in Birmingham in July. Held every three years, the 2017 edition attracted a worldwide delegation of academics as well as many pest management professionals from the UK.

13 September 2017

A site survey for sore eyes: external urban pest control

What happens when your survey shows evidence of rats, badgers, deer, foxes and even slowworms? Gary Williams from Urban Wildlife investigates.

13 September 2017

That’s newts to me

Jonathan Walker from BPCA Member company, Eradipest, expected a straightforward rodent problem. However, his site survey revealed that rats weren’t the only species that had made themselves at home.

13 September 2017

Pestwatch

Tips and tricks from the BPCA technical team to see you through the last bit of the year’s pest problems.

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13 September 2019

Latest news

BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provis

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13 September 2019

Latest news

CONSULTATION: Wild birds general licence survey launched by Defra

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has launched a public survey as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra is leading this review in close partne

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13 June 2019

Latest news

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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17 October 2019

Latest news

VIDEO: Professional flea control

Watch back our webinar on professional flea control. Natalie talks all things professional flea management, including biology, client communication and lifestyle. The webinar also highlights so

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09 October 2019

Latest news

Rat lungworm’s sluggish journey to Europe

Scientists are looking into the spread of rat lungworm to several popular European holiday destinations. First noted in China in the 1930s, rat lungworm is widespread in Southeast Asia and

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13 September 2019

Latest news

CONSULTATION: Wild birds general licence survey launched by Defra

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has launched a public survey as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra is leading this review in close partne

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