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  • 11 February 2017

    Freedom of information request reveals thousands of pest control call outs in NHS hospitals

    Data by the Press Association shows that pest controllers were called out over 5000 times by hospitals in England. That's an average of 13 visits a day! The areas where pests have been sighted included maternity wards, children's intensive care un.... More

  • 27 January 2017

    Revised glueboard code launched

    Last month saw the re-launch of the Pest Management Alliance Code of Best Practice for the Humane Use of Rodent Glueboards. The Code has been revisited by BPCA and its fellow Alliance members, plus Natural England, DEFRA and the Government's A.... More

  • 28 November 2016

    Rats menace threatens Christmas spirit

    Homeowners are being urged to be on their guard as cold weather threatens to spark a plague of rats over Christmas. A polar vortex from the Arctic is expected to send temperatures plummeting in the next few weeks. And pest experts fear a.... More

  • 10 November 2016

    Rare seabird population triples on Scilly Isles thanks to investment in rodent control

    A three-year rodent control project, backed by Prince Charles, has successfully resulted in the number of nesting Manx shearwaters to increase dramatically. The project, backed by Prince Charles, successfully killed off thousands of rats that eat.... More

  • 10 November 2016

    Using refined sticky traps to meet the challenge of pesticide resistant thrips and whitefly

    With more and more pests becoming resistant to pesticides, alternative control methods are being put to the test to combat flower thrip and whitefly infestations. Manufacturing and distributing member, Russel IPM, have been running trials o.... More

  • 06 October 2016

    UPDATE: Asian hornets nest found near Bristol

    The pumpkin-sized hornet's nest was at the top of a 17m conifer found in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Asian hornets are in invasive species of hornet that pose no significant risk to human health although, they do kill honey bees. They were firs.... More

  • 05 October 2016

    BPCA on radio after fire service issues wasp nest warning

    Fire services covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, issued a warning this week after a DIY treatment of a Wasps nest went horribly wrong. The warning comes after photos emerged of a garage completely burnt to the ground.... More

  • 20 September 2016

    Sighting of an Asian Hornet in the UK

    Pest experts are warning members of the public to remain vigilant following the first sighting of an Asian Hornet in the UK. The invasive species that preys on honey bees was spotted in Tetbury, Gloucestershire earlier this week and attempt.... More

  • 14 July 2016

    Updated zoonotic disease guidelines publishes

    Guidelines for the Investigation of Zoonotic Disease (non-foodborne) in England and Wales (Version 2). Revised and updated guidelines have been published which describe the roles and responsibilities of a range of organisations and agencies.... More

  • 11 July 2016

    Proactive public health pest management

    The British Pest Control Association's (BPCA) Servicing Committee Chair, Philip Halpin puts forward his three golden rules for effective pest management. BPCA recognise that reputations can be ruined and businesses destroyed if pest activity.... More

  • 26 February 2016

    BPCA attend DEFRA meeting regarding trapping

    Dee Ward-Thompson attended a DEFRA meeting held on 31 January regarding trapping. 38 people attended the meeting, including farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers. BPCA were the only pest control association represented. EU legislation is.... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 11 February 2013

    British Pest Control Association comments on fox attack

    Technical Manager Richard Moseley said "although fox attacks on humans are very rare, this doesn't mean we should dismiss the recent incident of the baby boy being attacked as an isolated incident." When asked there would be a call for a cull.... More

  • 07 January 2013

    Rats blamed for blaze - save yourself from similar devastation

    Rats could be to blame for a fire at a coach firm, destroying three coaches and three minibuses in Hedge End, near Southampton.  Fire investigators have concluded that the most likely cause of the fire was a spark from an electrical fault, wh.... More