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  • 23 August 2021

    Don't bug me: non-pest insects

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Paul Westgate, of BPCA member company Veritas Pest Consultancy, explains how a little entomology know-how can go a long way. SPEED VIEW:  Pest species represent less than 0.5% of Britis.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Rodents detect landmines, sniff out TB, find disaster victims

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 When it comes to thinking about disease, rats are usually thought of as vermin that carry plague and pestilence. But what about rats being used to sniff out diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) in people&r.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    Rodent baiting: techniques and terminology

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 The use of rodenticide baits has changed significantly over the last few years, but that’s not to say that rodenticide use has altered. How we use them, but not why we use them, has evolved. He.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    PestWatch: Insects that destroy wood in buildings

    PESTWATCH | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 We’ve had a few requests for information on the highly-specialised property care pests - wood-boring insects. The Property Care Association takes over our usual feature with an introduction to wood-de.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    The BPCA Standard: what does it take to be a BPCA member?

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA’s Head of Technical and Membership, looks behind the BPCA logo to see what the ‘BPCA standard’ really is and why we think that BPCA membership is still the high.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Ask the technical team August 2021

    TECHNICAL | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Field mice, bait box tampering, relocating wasps and reporting misuse of amateur pesticides are tackled in this issue of Ask the BPCA technical team. SPEED VIEW: No rodenticides in.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    18 months on: essential pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 On 13 April 2020, George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), confirmed pest management was an essential sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time o.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Member benefit in focus: Business Shield

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Did you know you have a free health and safety and employment law service at your fingertips? It’s called BPCA BusinessShield and is just one of the many value-added benefits available to all B.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: To bee or not to bee

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Ian Fuller (B.Eng) at Swarmcatcher has been removing and relocating live honey bees for more than a decade. In this article, BPCA’s Comms Officer Kat Shaw talks to him about his bee removal b.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: 25 years of pest control at Des Bone

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 BPCA’s Communications Officer Kat Shaw spoke to Ann Bone, of Des Bone Ltd, about their quarter-century journey as a pest management business. Sussex-based Des Bone Limited was established o.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet the member: Next Gen Pest Tech

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Jack Tully is the first apprentice pest technician at BPCA member Integrum Services and passed his RSPH Level 2 earlier this year at just 17 years old. He took part in a quick-fire question session wi.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    A fond farewell to Stephanie

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 After almost ten years of outstanding service, we said ‘farewell’ to our Finance Officer Stephanie Costopoulos at the end of July, who decided retirement was calling. Despite b.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Meet your new BPCA team members

    Your Association | PPC104 August 2021 You may have seen that we’ve had a bit of a recruitment boost at BPCA recently. Four people are joining our Staff team in the coming weeks, in the Membership, Technical and Finance teams. He.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Sink or swim? Keep your head above water as a non-technical pest control employee

    Training | PPC104 August 2021 The BPCA Staff team is packed with professionals who are specialists at what they do – our fab technical team, of course, but also other areas like finance, membership, CPD and marketing. Ho.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Enter the Ratrix

    TRAINING | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Can you imagine a world where a learner driver takes their theory test and, upon passing it, is immediately allowed to drive unsupervised on the road? No, that would be dangerous and irrespo.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    Pestflix and chill: free CPD resources for pest professionals

    CPD | PPC104 August 2021 Pest professionals love learning and sharing knowledge. Yet some of us still end up cramming in our CPD hours towards the end of the year leading to the value of professional development being somewhat diminished.... More

  • 16 August 2021

    HSE accept BPCA as UK REACH Accredited Stakeholder

    HSE has accepted BPCA to represent professional pest management’s interests in UK REACH and chemical regulation as an Accredited Stakeholder Organisation (ASO). HSE acts as the Agency for UK REACH. REACH stands for Registration.... More

  • 11 August 2021

    IPS launches new sticky moth trap

    PRESS RELEASE Following two years of testing, International Pheromone Systems has launched a new product that will help both commercial pest controllers and homeowners to manage moth infestations. The pre-baited clothes moth boar.... More

  • 06 August 2021

    Dates announced for ICUP 2022 conference

     PRESS RELEASE After the disruption and postponement caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers of the International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) are now delighted to announce the dates of their rescheduled 2020 Conference. .... More

  • 06 August 2021

    Pelsis Group acquired by Pamplona

    PRESS RELEASE Pelsis Group has announced it will be acquired by specialist investment manager Pamplona Capital Management this September. Pelsis has been owned for the past four years by Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the.... More

  • 05 August 2021

    Changes to BPCA Exec Board as Martin Harvey steps down

    Former BPCA President Tom Holmes rejoins the BPCA Executive Board as Immediate Past President, while Martin Harvey takes a step back. Martin was elected to the Board in 2010, appointed as Vice-President in 2012 and President in 2014.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Choose professionals to protect wild birds, says trade body

    PRESS RELEASE Bird deterrents used on buildings, such as spikes and netting, must be installed by a professional to protect both wild birds and property, a national trade body has said. British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Five new document templates - perfect for client folders

    BPCA has released five new pest management document templates which are now available for members to download. The resources have been developed at the request of members and are designed to be customised to your liking or inspire you.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    Major changes at International Pheromone Systems

     PRESS RELEASE Fast-growing Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has strengthened its technical team with the promotion of Payman Shafighi to the new role of Technical Business Development Manager. The n.... More

  • 04 August 2021

    PestWest® flies high with another award-winning night for flyDetect®

    PRESS RELEASE PestWest was announced the winner of the Digital Engineering/Technology Award for flyDetect® at the Made in Yorkshire Awards ceremony on 29 July. The prestigious manufacturing dinner was held at t.... More

  • 03 August 2021

    Let’s keep glue boards for professionals, says BPCA

    BPCA has begun its lobbying effort to keep rodent glue boards in the toolkits of pest professionals. In June, the UK government issued details on the Glue Traps (Offences) legislation, designed to ban the sale of rodent glue boards in.... More

  • 03 August 2021

    Funding secured for gadget that identifies apple moth pest

    PRESS RELEASE MothNet, a partnership between two companies, has secured funding from Innovate UK to develop a fully automated codling moth monitoring system for apple growers. The codling moth is a major pest of fruit such as app.... More

  • 22 July 2021

    John O’Conner expands despite pandemic challenges

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member John O'Conner expands team and invests in a new fleet of vehicles, despite Covid-19 challenges.  The well-established grounds maintenance business has bought a brand new fleet of vehicles due t.... More

  • 22 July 2021

    Join our new working group for member complaints

    BPCA is reviewing its member complaints procedures and is looking for some members to get involved with a new complaints working group. BPCA Technical and Compliance Manager Natalie Bungay said: “Accountability is a crucial.... More

  • 22 July 2021

    VIDEO: Understanding pests in food businesses

    Pests in food businesses can damage and contaminate food, causing economic loss and threatening public health. In this video Natalie looks at the main species you are likely the encounter, the causes of infestations, control options and leg.... More

  • 21 July 2021

    Five Years of Rodenticide Stewardship report published

    A report of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime’s work covering 2016 to 2020 has been published by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. This feeds into a formal five-year review being carried out by its HSE-led Government O.... More

  • 19 July 2021

    Safe working for pest professionals after lockdown

    From today (19 July) nearly all Covid-19 restrictions in parts of the UK are at an end.  However the virus hasn't left us yet, so the government is urging people to remain cautious and sensible, including in the workplace.  .... More

  • 14 July 2021

    Bayer announces release of new Harmonix® Rodent Paste

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Bayer is bringing a new professional-use cholecalciferol rodenticide, which can be used in open areas and burrows, to the market this September. Tim Peeling, product manager at Bayer Environmental Scienc.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - A complete approach to wasp and hornet control

    In this sponsored Digital Forum 9 slot, Matt Towler from Lodi UK gives a crash course in wasp and hornet biology and control.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - What's on the horizon after glue boards?

    In this video, Alex Wade from Wade Environmental asks "What now?" after the news the UK Government is looking to ban glue boards.  The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - Bird control lasers explained

    In this video, Chris Frappell from Pestfix gives a talk on lasers for bird control and their use. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest management ca.... More

  • 14 July 2021

    VIDEO: Digital Forum 9 - Inspections and pest activity: what to look for

    In this video, Avril Turner from Killgerm gives a talk on IPM and what to look out for when carrying out pest control surveys. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) hosts these free events so everyone interested in pest mana.... More

  • 12 July 2021

    PestWorld to return as in-person event

    PRESS RELEASE Plans are well under way for PestWorld 2021 to return as a face-to-face event in the US this autumn. When: 2-5 November 2021 Where: MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, USA Organised by the National Pest Mana.... More

  • 07 July 2021

    Have your say: Member summit on general licences for bird control in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have announced a consultation on general licences for wild bird control, following similar licensing changes across other parts of the UK.  As a result, BPCA will be hosting a me.... More

  • 06 July 2021

    1env hold NHS birthday bake sale

    On 5 July, as the National Health Service celebrated its 73rd anniversary, BPCA member 1env Solutions held a charity bake sale at the company's head office in Leigh-on-Sea. 1env’s Head of Marketing, Ollie Hewett.... More

  • 01 July 2021

    Legal teeth and rodent control update in 2021 Code of Best Practice

    Rodenticide use for permanent, pulsed or burrow baiting, or in covered and protected bait stations, is now only legal if the product label permits these ‘non-standard’ scenarios specifically, says CRRU. This applies equall.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    BPCA secures funding for 3D interactive simulator

    BPCA is excited to announce that we have been successful in securing funding from the Ufi VocTech Trust, to support the development of an interactive 3D competency simulator for pest technicians. The funding is for a pilot programme th.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    New ladder safety guidance announced

    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Ladder Association will be unveiling two new ladder safety guidance documents in a one-off webinar.  Ladder safety is highly relevant for pest management technicians and surve.... More

  • 29 June 2021

    Trade body’s wasp advice for window cleaners

    PRESS RELEASE Wasps can be a common hazard for window cleaners, particularly during the late summer months when a wasp colony is at its peak. British Pest Control Association (BPCA), is encouraging members of the Federation of Window C.... More

  • 28 June 2021

    VIDEO: Essential customer service skills for pest professionals

    Customer service relates to every single interaction or “touch point” with your customers. In this video, Natalie Bungay explores the areas of your business that you need to think about when considering how you can deliver excel.... More

  • 24 June 2021

    Changes to right to work checks in UK

    Changes coming into force on 1 July 2021 will affect how a UK employer should conduct 'right to work' checks for EEA citizens. On 22 June 2021 the Home Office issued a communication informing employers that their ‘Empl.... More

  • 21 June 2021

    LNPS continues vital mosquito monitoring

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member London Network for Pest Solutions is playing an important role in monitoring one of the planet’s deadliest insects. Newham was one of several councils originally asked to help with a vita.... More

  • 18 June 2021

    Manage mental health at work with FREE ISO for small businesses

    For a limited time, BSI are offering the ISO 45003 Standard free of charge to any small business that has under 100 employees and a turnover less than £25 million. This standard has been written to help companies support the ment.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    Beaver announce new Head of Compliance and Client Retention

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA member Beaver are pleased to announce, after interviewing both externally and internally, that James Wood has been offered the position of Head of Compliance and Client Retention. The job has many facets and Ja.... More

  • 17 June 2021

    UK government confirms plans to ban rodent glue boards completely

    The UK government has issued details on the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill to crack down on “inhumane rodent traps”. In a government press release it states: “Glue traps are a widely available and cheap method of pe.... More