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  • 01 January 2016

    Specialist insurance for the pest control industry - Bradshaw Bennett

    BPCA and Bradshaw Bennett understand working in the pest control industry is a diverse job in which you can face different situations. Working with chemicals and firearms means that you can face a unique set of risks, and even in the best-regula.... More

  • 23 December 2015

    Suterra LLC agrees to sell its UK industrial monitoring business to Curtis Gilmour Holding Co.

    BEND, OREGON (December 21, 2015) - Suterra is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to sell its Treforest, Wales-based business to Curtis Gilmour Holding Co. With this sale, Curtis Gilmour will acquire Agrisense Industrial Monitor.... More

  • 17 December 2015

    Major wholesalers withdraw cruel rodent glue traps following HSI-UK’s Unstuck Campaign

    Wholesalers, professional pest control industry experts and the RSPCA are getting behind Humane Society International/UK's Unstuck campaign to ban the public sale of cruel rodent glue traps. Rats and mice experience prolonged suffering on glue t.... More

  • 10 December 2015

    Companies first to win key industry accreditation

    TWO pest control companies have become the first in the UK to gain a new industry accreditation. The European Standard for Pest Management Services EN16636 and its accompanying certification scheme was launched earlier this year by the Confederati.... More

  • 27 November 2015

    Australian acquisition announced by Killgerm Group Ltd

    Today, Killgerm Group Ltd is proud to announce the completion of its acquisition of the Starkeys Products business. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Starkeys Products has been producing high-quality insect light traps and electric fly killers un.... More

  • 24 November 2015

    Fumigation Qualification: Joint HSE-Industry Statement

    Regulatory requirements for the use of professional plant protection products require users to hold a specified certificate (demonstrating sufficient knowledge of safe and sustainable use) issued by an officially designated awarding body. The.... More

  • 18 November 2015

    ServicePro and Listen360 Combine to Improve Quality of Pest Control Services

    ServicePro, a leading provider of software solutions for the pest management and service industry and Listen360, the leader in customer feedback management and analytics announced a partnership today to enable ServSuite users to retain existing cu.... More

  • 05 November 2015

    Trade body boost for food bank charity

    Food banks around the UK are to be given a free pest survey as part of a new nationwide initiative. Record numbers of people are turning to charities when they cannot afford to eat with more than one million receiving three days' emergency food fr.... More

  • 30 October 2015

    BPCA Members win Swale Business of the Year 2015

    BPCA members, Bird and Pest Solutions were very proud and excited to be awarded Swale Business of the Year 2015 on Friday 9th October at a gala event held at The Barnyard, Gore Farm in Upchurch, Kent. The award is a fabulous opportunity to.... More

  • 29 October 2015

    Dip I accepted by CRRU

    For anyone who wishes to purchase or use professional use rodenticides from next year, CRRU has approved a number of training certificates including the RSPH\BPCA Level 2 Award in Pest Management, the RSPH Safe Use of Rodenticides or the new BASIS.... More

  • 09 October 2015

    RSPH candidates first to achieve legally required qualification under rodenticide stewardship scheme

    Candidates from Rentokil taking the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Rodenticides became the first cohort to achieve a qualification that complies with the Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticide (SGAR) s.... More

  • 06 October 2015

    Killgerm announce appointment of new Managing Director

    Killgerm Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Teresa Carrascosa as the new Managing Director designate for Killgerm Spain.Maria Teresa has been working within Killgerm Spain for 16 Maria Teresa has been working within Killge.... More

  • 25 September 2015

    Update from the Pest Management Alliance: Rodenticide Stewardship and the Professional Pest Management Sector

    Two years ago manufacturers and users of anticoagulant rodenticides were presented with a clear choice; ensure stewardship of these products or potentially lose their use. The members of the Pest Management Alliance were consulted by HSE/CRRU as p.... More

  • 12 August 2015

    New course creates surge of interest

    GAMEKEEPERS are queuing up to gain a key qualification ahead of a landmark deadline. The use of professional rodenticides to control rats becomes subject to stricter regulations early next year as part of the industry's new stewardship regime. .... More

  • 12 August 2015

    Rodenticide stewardship's complex timelines clarified

    Complex overlapping timelines in the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime have been published in graphical format by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). This follows a meeting on 5 August of regulators from CRRU UK companies and thei.... More

  • 07 August 2015

    Fire at PelGar hits the news

    As reported by both the BBC and ITV local news Hampshire Fire & Rescue were called out to attend a fire at PelGar International Ltd. head office at 4.55am on the 5 August. The fire was quickly put out and the premises cordoned off for investig.... More

  • 05 August 2015

    Barrettine Environmental Health (BEH) move to a Brand New Purpose Built Distribution Unit

    Barrettine Environmental Health (BEH) are delighted to announce that they have recently moved to a brand new purpose built distribution unit which is situated literally just round the corner from the Barrettine Group HQ in Warmley, Bristol. T.... More

  • 24 July 2015

    New law on pest control puts farmers under pressure

    FARMERS are facing a race against time to comply with strict new rules on specialist pesticides. The use of poisons to control rats and mice will become subject to fresh legislation next year. Anyone who uses the lethal products will need to.... More

  • 20 July 2015

    New online platform has string of benefits for pest control industry and beyond

    PEST controllers can now join an industry-leading professional register at the touch of a button. The new-look BASIS PROMPT website features a facility for technicians to sign up online. And managing director Rob Simpson is confident the move w.... More

  • 14 July 2015

    Baiting operations concluded on South Georgia as plans get underway for long-term monitoring

    Hopes that globally important seabird sanctuary is now free of rats for first time in two centuries A remarkable chapter draws to a close on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. The South Georgia Heritage Trust has concluded the baiting phas.... More

  • 14 July 2015

    Dr. Jacqueline Applegate to head Environmental Science at Bayer CropScience

    Effective July 1, longtime Bayer Executive Dr. Jacqueline Applegate will become Head of Environmental Science, the non-agricultural business operations unit of Bayer CropScience. Environmental Science has annual sales of EUR 678 million (2014) and.... More

  • 10 July 2015

    BPCA Joins British Cleaning Council

    In July BPCA became the latest member of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), a federation of over 20 associations dedicated to raising the profile of the industry and helping it gain the credibility it deserves. BCC coordinates the affairs of the.... More

  • 02 July 2015

    Councils must point to professionals on pest control

    LOCAL authorities are being urged to ensure cuts to pest control services don't create a risk to public health. Recent figures* show almost 40 per cent of councils in Britain have now done away with once traditional in-house services in a bid to b.... More

  • 19 June 2015

    And the first CEPA Certified operator is...

    ...the German Pest Control Provider named Treuer GmbH. After the CEPA Certification system was launched in March 2015, Treuer has been quick to implement the EN 16636 standard and is now the first operator officially certified according to the CEP.... More

  • 15 June 2015

    What happened at Fumicon 2015

    Set in the historic Suffolk Port of Felixstowe, the fumigation conference returned in 2015 in the guise of Fumicon, proving to be a huge success with experts delivering a variety of seminars. Exhibitors, speakers and visitors attended from across.... More

  • 15 June 2015

    Pressure mounts on SGAR abusers

    A recent case in Scotland saw not only a prosecution for the individual but also his employer when a wild bird was found to have been poisoned. A landowner was fined £675 after pleading guilty to being vicariously liable for his employee's c.... More

  • 12 June 2015

    Pestokill acquires North London Pest Control outfit

    BPCA Member Pestokill has bought North London-based Xpel for an undisclosed sum. Xpel was established in 2002 and has a considerable client base and a solid service reputation built up by Bryan McCance on similar family values that have been the f.... More

  • 09 June 2015

    CRRU-approved certifications for purchase and use of professional rodenticide products

    The CRRU Training and Certification Work Group (T&C WG) has recently published a list of the approved certifications for proof of competence for purchase and use of professional packs of rodenticides ( So now is a goo.... More

  • 19 May 2015

    Russell IPM Foundation celebrates £100,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

    Local business Russell IPM held a celebration day on Friday to announce that they had successfully reached their £100,000 target for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. The company and its friends were joined by local MP Mark Tami, Flintshire's.... More

  • 11 May 2015

    PelGar International announcing acquisition

    PelGar International is delighted to announce the acquisition of pesticide manufacturing company Agropharm Ltd.  Based in Penn, Buckinghamshire, Agropharm also has manufacturing and packing facilities in Telford, Shropshire. The launch of t.... More

  • 23 April 2015

    New Technical Manager for BPCA

    Dee Ward-Thompson joined the BPCA team in April 2015 from member company OCS Cannon, where she'd been their UK Technical Manager since 2008. Before then Dee was Operational Quality and Food Safety Manager for Mars, with a remit to manage pest cont.... More

  • 23 April 2015

    Spending cuts could spark plague of pests

    GOVERNMENT spending cuts could spark an explosion in the UK pest population, it has been claimed. New figures reveal the number of local authorities who provide a free pest control service has declined by 26 percent over the last four years. And t.... More

  • 18 March 2015

    CRRU launches Code of Best Practice for Rodent Control and Safe Use of Rodenticides

    The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has launched the document that forms the heart of the stewardship campaign around SGARs. The 24 page document has been produced in partnership with a range of industry bodies and the SGAR Governm.... More

  • 18 March 2015

    European initiative to promote standards in pest control

    A new industry standard that will create a unique benchmark for pest controllers has been hailed as a positive step. The initiative, which is accompanied by a certification scheme, is designed to promote professional standards for pest control com.... More

  • 17 March 2015

    PestEx 2015: Unmissable Again!

    Once again this year's PestEx, held 25-26 March in London smashed all previous records, and proved to be a huge draw. The perfect combination of exhibitors and seminars brought in a whopping 17% more people over the two days compared to 2013. Pest.... More

  • 02 December 2014

    BPCA break member referral record for the second year running!

    Referrals are just one of the key ways BPCA delivers value for money for its members. Over the last few years BPCA have given out tens of thousands of consumer referrals, each being provided with the contact details of their closest BPCA members. .... More

  • 12 November 2014

    Disposal of rodent carcasses and other waste

    BPCA Members are well aware of the potential difficulties surrounding disposal of waste in general and rodent carcases in particular. Disposal of dead rodents was straightforward at one time, most Local Authority waste sites or hospitals with inci.... More

  • 10 November 2014

    PestEx 2015 set to be the biggest ever UK pest control exhibition!

    Due to a high demand for exhibition space at PestEx 2015, organisers the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have had to work with the ExCel Exhibition Centre to incorporate extra stands to meet demand for the much anticipated show taking pl.... More

  • 03 November 2014

    NPMA award for Fryatt

    During NPMA's PestWorld International Reception, Univar Director Latin America Benjamin Gomez recognised three industry leaders. The first award, the inaugural Global Ambassador Award was presented to Rob Fryatt, director of Xenex Associates.... More

  • 17 September 2014

    Natural England Board determines outcome of General Licences Consultation

    Over recent months Natural England has held a wide-ranging consultation to seek views on potential adjustments to General Licences for protected species which are periodically reviewed. The consultation finished on 19 May and attracted over 2,000.... More

  • 17 September 2014

    PestEx 2015 – Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger!

    Following a complete sell-out in 2013, PestEx organisers the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have made room for additional stands at the eagerly anticipated event of 2015. PestEx is the UK's largest trade exhibition and conference for.... More

  • 14 July 2014

    BPCA Member Justin Holloway stars in BBC 1 production

    Over the past 12 months BPCA have been supporting Lion TV working for BBC1, in their production ‘How Safe is Your House?' The series focuses on safety in the home in various forms such as the importance of testing electrics, pest control, st.... More

  • 25 June 2014

    Message from BPCA President

    Martin Harvey of Harvey Environmental Services looks back at the Association's successes during 2014, and forward to the year ahead: Four years ago we set out a strategy for the Association to support our members in the 21st century and bey.... More

  • 23 May 2014

    PPC Live 2014: a great success!

    BPCA's new PPC Live event was a huge success with delegates and exhibitors alike. The exhibition and conference was held in the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Manchester on 21 May, and attracted over 340 pest controllers from across the North We.... More

  • 13 May 2014

    WIIS investigate rogue pest controllers

    The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) and its counterpart in Scotland (WIIS - Scotland) are involved in wildlife crime investigations as illustrated by the following two case studies. The WIIS was involved in the investigation of a p.... More

  • 24 February 2014

    BPCA wins European Association of the Year

    The British Pest Control Association has won the prestigious ‘Association of the Year' Award from the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA). The presentation took place at CEPA's General Assembly in Dortmund, follow.... More

  • 16 January 2014

    Waste Carrier Registration – this affects you!

    Any companies removing waste from sites (even small amounts of spent bait, UV tubes or packaging) must register with the Government. If waste collection is not your main business, registration is free and only required once. This will apply to m.... More

  • 20 December 2013

    Rentokil buys pest control division of Green Compliance for £4m

    Rentokil Initial is to buy the pest control division of Green Compliance. Rentokil is paying a total of £4m in cash for the company, comprising £3.25m in an initial consideration and a further £0.75m payable over 12 months. Phill.... More

  • 25 November 2013

    BPCA gives out 43,507 referrals to members in 2013

    From 1 January until 31 December 2013, 43,507 details have been passed on to the public for both domestic and commercial jobs. If each referral was worth just £50 that would be over £2,000,000 of potential business we're giving to ou.... More

  • 07 November 2013

    BPCA comments on recent rodenticide resistance stories

    Technical Manager Richard Moseley said "cases of resistance in rats have been known for decades." A study being undertaken by the Universities of Huddersfield and Reading began around three years ago and will eventually document where the highes.... More