Pest control sector news and updates

Latest industry news for the UK pest management sector by British Pest Control Associaton (BPCA). Professional Pest Controller (PPC) online is packed with up-to-date business and legislation updates for pest management professionals, pest technicians and business owners. See the latest press releases from across the sector. Got a press release that should be here? Send it to us now!

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  • 02 December 2022

    VIDEO: Zoonoses: Rats, fleas and spreading disease

    CPD VIDEO A zoonosis is an infectious disease that has jumped from a non-human animal to humans.  Zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents and can spread to humans through direc.... More

  • 02 December 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 16 | Enhancing monitoring and management of insect pests

    CPD VIDEO In this video Dr Sam Jones from International Pheromone Systems, talks about enhancing monitoring and management of insect pests. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in p.... More

  • 02 December 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 16 | Not just a lamp in a box - why LED insect light traps are the future

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Tom Holmes, on behalf of Edialux, talks about the upsides of using LED light traps for insect control.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest ma.... More

  • 02 December 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 16 | The wonderful world of rats

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Alex Wade takes a look at all the strange and fascinating things you may not know about rats! The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management can le.... More

  • 01 December 2022

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 16 | Role of the regulators: what does pest control product assessment involve?

    CPD VIDEO In this video, Ryan Smith from HSE talks about how pest control products are assessed before going on sale to professionals and the public.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone.... More

  • 24 November 2022

    LNPS sponsors East London youth motorcycle display team

    PRESS RELEASE London Network for Pest Solutions (LNPS) has agreed a sponsorship deal with world-famous East London-based charity The Imps.  LNPS is funding the purchase of 36 special open-faced helmets that are vital for the.... More

  • 24 November 2022

    Dr Sam Jones to share pest monitoring expertise at BPCA webinar

    PRESS RELEASE International Pheromone Systems’ Technical Director Dr Sam Jones will be giving a talk as part of the next Digital BPCA Pest Management Forum on Tuesday 29 November. The title of Dr Jones’ talk is &lsquo.... More

  • 22 November 2022

    BPCA Chief Exec gives evidence to Welsh Select Committee on glue boards

    LOBBYING: PROTECTING OUR TOOLKIT BPCA's Chief Executive Ian Andrew represented the pest control industry in the fight for glue board use at a Welsh Parliament Select Committee earlier this month.  The hearing took place on N.... More

  • 22 November 2022

    Industry visits Japan for Pest Summit 2022

    PRESS RELEASE The international pest management community once again had the opportunity to gather for three busy days, but this time the venue was Japan for Pest Summit 2022. The event, organized by the Federation of Asian and Oceania.... More

  • 18 November 2022

    New treatment report templates for BPCA members

    MEMBERSHIP DOCUMENTS A brand new report template for rodent treatments, available for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required). An updated version of a general treatment r.... More

  • 17 November 2022

    Autumn 2022 budget statement: what does it mean for pest controllers?

    Finances and economy The UK is now officially in recession as Jeremy Hunt unveiled the Autumn budget in Parliament today (17 Nov 22). There he announced a new set of tax rises and austerity policies.  What does this mean for pest.... More

  • 17 November 2022

    New member benefit: Discounted training and free support from Veritas Pest Consultancy

    MEMBERSHIP BPCA member company, Veritas Pest Consultancy is offering discounted in-person training exclusively for members. Get 10% off Veritas in-person training and claim a free 30-minute consultation for your professional pest contr.... More

  • 15 November 2022

    Marked increase in illegal rodenticide use threatens future availability, says CRRU

    WILDLIFE CRIME A sudden and marked increase in the numbers of wildlife incidents that involve the powerful rodenticide brodifacoum has been identified by the government-run Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS). Some invo.... More

  • 11 November 2022

    Orkin to attend Falconry Festival races

    PRESS RELEASE Birds of prey used within Orkin’s UK operations to support clients with bird deterrent programmes have been internationally recognised as some of the best. So much so, they have been invited by event organisers, Sau.... More

  • 07 November 2022

    Best Pest Pic competition returns for PPC Live 2023

    BPCA is looking for the best pest photograph and is offering a £500 prize for anyone who captures the perfect image of public health pest control. The competition is now officially open. All you need to do is tweet your image to @brit.... More

  • 07 November 2022

    VIDEO: Professional pest proofing strategies

    CPD VIDEO Proofing can play a big part in rodent control. Managing proofing and completing it at the correct intervals during the treatment could give you the upper hand. In this webinar, John explores: Why do we need to carry out.... More

  • 04 November 2022

    Avian flu: Warning for falconers as housing order introduced

    PUBLIC HEALTH A national housing order will be introduced across England, making it a legal requirement for all those keeping birds to house their flocks. Pest professionals working with birds of prey as a part of their IPM offering sh.... More

  • 03 November 2022

    Professional Pest Controller issue 109 (PPC109) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC109 October 2022 PPC109 is out! It's a rodent wars special, with articles on the wonder of rats with Alex Wade, ship rats in Britain with Professor Stephen Harris and Oliver Madge gives us an overview in ba.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Pests in the press: July to September 2022

    NEWS | PPC109 October 2022 Press activity ramped up with appearances on television and radio for BPCA as a long hot summer drifted into autumn, while seasonal pests including wasps and maggots generated plenty of headlines in print and online.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Pest in politics: Autumn 2022

    NEWS | PPC109 October 2022 A new Prime Minister means a whole host of new government ministers to start making relationships with. British politics is still incredibly turbulent. However, BPCA’s lobbying work continues. Stay up-to-da.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    The wonder of rats - the incredible and sometimes disgusting things they do

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Rats are fascinating. We spend so much of our time around them, chasing them and tracking them, but when was the last time you stopped to truly watch them, in order to appreciate how, or even why, they act in.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Rodent baiting for pest controllers and environmental impact

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 In this article, BASF’s competent pest consultant, Oliver Madge, gives an overview of the purpose of baiting strategies and how environmental surroundings should inform a pest controller’s choice.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    PestWatch: Ship rats in Britain

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Ahoy there! Professor Stephen Harris has studied British mammals for nearly 60 years. His interest in ship rats began in the 1970s when, as a student at Bristol University, he obtained specimens of ship rats.... More

  • 01 November 2022

    Dealing with dead rodent odours

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Our clients are often confronted with horrible odours from dead rodents. PPC asked Bill Vaughan from Earth Care to talk us through the approaches available to deal with those nasty smells. “....... More

  • 31 October 2022

    CRRU update for 2022 – how is rodenticide stewardship going?

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Dr Alan Buckle is Chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) UK. He gives an overview to PPC on where the stewardship scheme is at and where it’s going.  Jump to fig.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Ask the technical team

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Speed view Some animals and plants may have been transported here a long time ago and are considered ‘naturalised’, but these are still non-native species Disposing of waste should be part of yo.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    New Code of Best Practice - drain surveys

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 BPCA teamed up with drain survey experts Davy Brown and David Lodge, to provide a new Code of Best Practice on carrying out drain surveys for pest activity. In this article, Davy Brown gives an overview of w.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    5 basics for pest control success

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 We asked BPCA Technical Support Officer John Horsley to tell us his top five steps, big or small, to improve pest management outcomes. When we’re carrying out pest control we occasionally fin.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Sustainability and dynamic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for professionals

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 Dynamic integrated pest management (IPM) is a more sustainable approach to pest control. Here, Envu explains how it minimises the impact on the environment, reduces the risk to non-target species and lowers t.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    How to professionally control wood pigeons – pest advice for professionals

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 What's up woodie? Dave Archer is an expert on wildlife management and rural pest control. In this issue of PPC, he tells us all about his experience of dealing with wood pigeons.  The wood pi.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Meet the members: 25 years of Bounty Pest Control

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC109 October 2022 This year, Kent-based Bounty Pest Control celebrated 25 years in business. We spoke to Elaine and Martin Rose-King about their pest control journey. The challenges The challenges of running.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Non-native species - do you know your obligations as a pest controller

    TECHNICAL | PPC109 October 2022 The team at Scotland-based Pest Solutions encountered a traveller recently, so we asked Managing Director Chris Cagienard to explain the process when dealing with an imported non-native species. As.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Corporate social responsibility: what kind of impact can a pest management company create?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 When we hear the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ we often think about mega organisations and their box-ticking; things that companies do to make themselves look good for a PR opportunity. .... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Owning a pest control business - when do you break-even?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 Starting a new business can be a daunting and costly venture. We asked the owner of Blu Bookkeeping, Julie Holland micb, to give new business owners an overview of the importance of knowing initial business co.... More

  • 28 October 2022

    Developing your pest control skills with BPCA

    TRAINING AND CPD | PPC109 October 2022 In this article, BPCA’s Training and Professional Development Manager, Karen Dawes, explores why continuing professional development (CPD) can be a great tool for a pest professional’s deve.... More

  • 27 October 2022

    Pest control industry flocks to Boston for PestWorld 2022

    PRESS RELEASE The professional pest control industry was out in force at this year’s PestWorld 2022 event held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA over the four days of 11-14 October 2022. For most international delegates it had.... More

  • 21 October 2022

    Cinven acquires Bayer Environmental Science

    PRESS RELEASE Bayer has completed the sale of its Environmental Science Professional business to the international private equity firm Cinven, after the two companies had entered into a corresponding agreement in March. The condi.... More

  • 18 October 2022

    New appointments at Pelsis Group

    PRESS RELEASE Global pest control manufacturer and distributor Pelsis Group has appointed Scott Gammon as General Manager for its UK and Nordics operations. Scott joins Pelsis from Rentokil Initial where he was Area Operations Ma.... More

  • 14 October 2022

    Sri-Lankan based Exterminators are Carbon Neutral for 7th year running

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Observer members, Exterminators PLC, were successful in gaining the globally recognized Carbon Neutral certification for the seventh consecutive year, further demonstrating their continuous commitment towards the environm.... More

  • 10 October 2022

    VIDEO: Rodent behavioural and physiological resistance

    CPD VIDEO To be able to successfully control rodents we need to understand their behaviour and how they will react to the environment around them.  It's important to remember different areas of the UK will also have resistance issues t.... More

  • 03 October 2022

    Engineering company fined for amateur pest control accident

    HEALTH AND SAFETY An engineering company has been fined after one of its employees fell through a roof while installing bird deterrent spikes. On 13 May 2020, a man working for Craven and Nicholas (Engineering) Ltd on St John&rsq.... More

  • 29 September 2022

    Ready, aim, fire! Scientists build cockroach killing laser

    PRESS RELEASE Cockroaches are famously resilient - for years people believed they could even survive a nuclear bomb.  What they can’t survive is the new laser and artificial intelligence system designed by a scientist at Her.... More

  • 28 September 2022

    Avian flu control zones in force across East England

    PUBLIC HEALTH Following a number of cases of bird flu in across the east of England, a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared on 27 September in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex. Pest controllers in this area s.... More

  • 27 September 2022

    Call your GP or vet to remove ticks say pest experts

    PESTAWARE An upsurge in ticks could follow a long hot summer, according to experts at national trade body, British Pest Control Association (BPCA). Ticks, which are implicated in the spread of Lyme disease, can be inadvertently p.... More

  • 23 September 2022

    Nanogreen acquires Krypton Environmental Services

    PRESS RELEASE Nanogreen acquires BPCA member Krypton Environmental Services to round off their Soft Facilities Management offering. Following entry into the Soft Facilities Management space since 2020, Nanogreen announced their a.... More

  • 22 September 2022

    David French elected RSPH Fellow

    David French, from BPCA member company 5 Star Pest Control, has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).  A fellowship is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate a career commitment to th.... More

  • 15 September 2022

    National Pest Awards 2022 winners announced

    The winners of the National Pest Awards were announced last night in an unforgettable ceremony in Central London. BPCA members secured the majority of the awards on offer.  The Awards were a prestigious showcase of professional pest co.... More

  • 09 September 2022

    HM Queen Elizabeth II: 1926-2022

    We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, on Thursday, 8 September 2022. BPCA joins everyone in the United Kingdom and across the world in sending our condolences to the Queen's family, and to all those whose.... More

  • 08 September 2022

    Professional Pest Controller issue 108 (PPC108) out now

    CONTENTS | PPC108 September 2022 PPC108 is out now, with a focus on wellbeing, mental health and hobbies. We have articles on staff wellbeing, plus a round-up of things BPCA members and our staff team like to do in their spare time. We.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Pests in politics: Summer 2022

    NEWS | PPC108 September 2022 With pest management under the spotlight, particularly regarding glue boards, BPCA has spent more time than ever monitoring what’s happening in the UK parliament and the devolved administrations. PPC.... More