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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. 

04 October 2017

All employers have automatic enrolment duties – don’t ignore it. It’s the law

A guest article by Darren Ryder, Director of Automatic Enrolment, The Pensions Regulator. Are you ready for automatic enrollment?

19 September 2017

PPC88 out now

BPCA's quarterly industry magazine, Professional Pest Controller (PPC) is out now. Issue 88 (September 2017) is full to the brim of pest and business news and features. Get your copy free here.

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

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.

06 September 2017

The product standards for portable ladders are changing

The British and European standard that covers all types of portable ladder has had a significant revision that all pest management professionals should be aware of.

04 September 2017

A bug in the system: protect yourself from cybercrime

With high profile and sophisticated digital crimes making the headlines weekly, Associate Member Cliverton team up with BPCA to give you some practical tips for staying safe on the web.

02 August 2017

The cost of getting it wrong

Amid a series of successful prosecutions and press releases from the HSE , we thought it was worth wrapping up a few of case studies so you can get a clear picture of the consequences of “getting it wrong”

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19 September 2017

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BPCA lobbies ECHA on Cholecalciferol

BPCA has submitted a statement to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in response to their public consultation on Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). BPCA’s Simon Forrester said of the submissio

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13 September 2017

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BPCA Servicing Membership process – bring your company into membership

Feature membership benefits | PPC88 September 2017 Joining BPCA as a full Servicing Member can be an enormous benefit for you and your company, but changes to criteria, new audits and subscr

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31 July 2017

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Anticoagulant rodenticides renewed by Brussels

Eight anticoagulant (AVK) rodenticide active substances had been identified as “Candidates for Substitution”, as part of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012).

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09 October 2017

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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. BPCA will now

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04 October 2017

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New CRRU study monitors UK barn owl breeding

A new Barn Owl Monitoring Study (BOMS) has been published as part of the surveillance being carried out by the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. The study tracks barn owl breeding success across

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04 October 2017

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All employers have automatic enrolment duties – don’t ignore it. It’s the law

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by nearly 800,000 employers. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) recently published their annual commenta

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