The referendum vote for the UK to exit the European Union presents both challenges and opportunities for Britain, and for our sector. The Conservative government has a priority to maintain and build on the UK's strong economic position as they work to put in place the arrangements that make sure that the UK remains ‘open for business' and continues to grow and thrive. In fulfilling that ambition we must let them know our needs.Read more
Farmers and growers using anticoagulant rodenticide products in their operations need to be trained and certified as competent in their use under new rules, which start to be phased in from April this year.Read more
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, including environmental health professionals, that can become involved in an outbreak of zoonotic disease.Read more
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use Ireland (CRRU Ireland) has been strengthened by the addition of a tenth sponsor member - Pied Piper Chemicals Limited of Ballinure, Thurles.Read more
Trade Associations Services Ltd (TAS) has the contract to supply audits against EN16636 for the UK arm of a global certification body. Due to unprecedented demand, TAS are hiring another full-time auditor to meet requests for CEPA Certified audits. These audits will be carried out primarily (but not exclusively) on BPCA Member companies to meet its new audit standard; part of the Association's drive to professionalism.Read more
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 is allowed to develop in sites and businesses. Media coverage can be sudden and intense with social networking making it easier than ever to report pest infestations, throwing organisations in to the media limelight without always considering the facts.
40 UK Companies have now achieved CEPA Certification with the BPCA
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has now supported 40 pest control companies to achieve CEPA Certification in the last 12 months. CEPA certification® is based on BS EN 16636, a professional British and European Standard for pest management practice. In addition to the growing number of pest control companies achieving the certification, the association has also introduced the standard to over 70 other companies through its breakfast roadshows and national exhibitions.Read more
US pest control giant Rollins Inc, owner of the Orkin brand today announced that it has purchased the stock of BPCA Member Safeguard Pest Control and Environmental Services Limited, operating in greater London and Southeastern England. The acquisition closed today (29 June) and is Rollins' first company-owned operation in the United Kingdom. Established in 1991 and headquartered in Westerham, Kent, Safeguard is a long established pest control company with expertise in bird management, specialising in services to residential and commercial customers.Read more
Third sector marketing expert Ben Massey has been recruited as BPCA's Marketing and Communications Manager.
Ben has previously delivered a successful marketing function for membership, charitable and social enterprise organisations in the Construction and Sport & Leisure sectors, and most recently in the Higher Education sector for the UK Council for Graduate Education. Ben brings...Read more
Having listened to the Membership, the BPCA Executive Board has agreed to withdraw the BPCA Consultancy Service, recently launched within PPC 83.
The initiative was proposed following requests for further support from some of the Servicing Members. Following the launch of the BPCA Consultancy Service, the Association received correspondence from some of the Membership, along with further comments at the open forum (following today's AGM). The BPCA Executive Board recognises that there has been insufficient discussion and communication through the existing Committee structure on this matter.
NBC Bird & Pest Solutions has changed its name to NBC Environment.
The company began life in 1993 with a Princes Trust Grant of £1500 when Managing Director John Dickson identified an opportunity in the waste management industry for bird control using falconry. The business grew and in 2004 the company was franchised to establish a nationwide presence.
In 2013 the business expanded further to develop its own operations nationally. Staff numbers expanded and a surveying team was established to ensure customer service and service delivery excellence.Read more
In June this year BPCA carried out a soft launch of a consultancy service (See PPC Magazine http://www.ppconline.org/ppc83/#17). Some Consultant Members and others who offer services to pest control companies have expressed concern about this, and we want to reassure them their concerns have been heard. We are a democratic organisation, run by people elected and appointed by the membership.Read more
The British Pest Control Association has landed a prestigious national award. Last year BPCA launched a new online learning package as part of its extensive training programme. And the initiative, which delivered a first for the industry, was named in the New Product Development category for the MemCom Awards - a nationwide competition that rewards marketing excellence.Read more
Due to Plant Protection legislation changes effective 26th November 2015, under the requirements set out by HSE\CRD, anyone who holds the existing BPCA Fumigation Diploma and at least one BPCA Fumigation Module Certificate will be required to update their qualification to the mandatory Unit 1 of the new Level 3 qualification if they wish to continue to carry out fumigation work beyond 2016.
For anyone holding the BPCA Fumigation Diploma only, you will need to pass the full RSPH qualification ie the mandatory Unit 1 and at least one optional Unit to carry out fumigations.Read more
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that over 250 rodenticide products have been authorised for use under the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. Of those products 102 have been authorised for use in waste dumps and 107 for use in open areas. These are the products that will feature the product labels containing the new legally binding stewardship phrases.
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For pest controllers Down Under, every day is a brush with death and it's getting even more dangerous as the continent's critters are winning the battle. So desperate for help, they have called in the cavalry from the motherland. Nine brave Brits will be matched with their Australian counterparts as they leave the cold streets of the UK behind, swapping mild moles for psychotic possums, baby bed bugs for super-sized spiders and mundane moths for killer crocs.
BPCA is running EN16636 breakfast roadshows in three regions across the UK to help your business get CEPA Certified®
The new CEPA Certified® standard benchmarks your business against an international service standard for professional pest management. This is the single biggest thing to hit the Pest Control industry, finally allowing you, as professional pest controllers, the chance to compete on an even playing field. Any pest control company can be CEPA Certified®, large or small - you just need to be professional and deliver a great service!Read more
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has two new members contributing financially and providing expertise to the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. They are Belgagri from Belgium and Impex Europa, Spain. This takes the number of CRRU member companies to 17.
As members of CRRU, they become recognised formally as participants in the stewardship regime. On its implementation taskforce, the new members are represented respectively by Antoine Trigaux and Sandra Barbosa.Read more
Three legally binding rodenticide label phrases, which stewardship-authorised products for professional use in and around buildings or outdoors in open areas and waste dumps must carry, have been confirmed by HSE to the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime:
1. "To be used only by professional users holding certification demonstrating compliance with UK rodenticide stewardship regime requirements.
2. "Read the label before use. Using this product in a manner that is inconsistent with the label may be an offence. Refer to the CRRU UK Code of Best Practice (or equivalent) for guidance.
3. "When this product is supplied to a user for the control of rodents, it shall only be supplied to a professional user holding certification demonstrating compliance with UK rodenticide stewardship regime requirements."
Courtesy of Bayer CropScience you can view a video of the Question Time debate on rodenticides held at BPCA's PPC Live event in March - click here.Read more
Not everyone could attend PPC Live in Peterborough on 16 March, and those who did were spoilt for choice and may not have made it to every seminar.
To get a flavour of the event see our photostream by clicking here.
Members can download four of our seminars for free.........Read more
Stephen Jacob has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of BASIS Registration Ltd the independent standards setting and auditing organisation for the pesticide, fertiliser and allied industries.
Mr Jacob joined BASIS in 2011 as Business Development Manager and was appointed Acting CEO in November after the resignation of the previous Managing Director.
BASIS Chairman Chris Clarke said: "We are delighted that Stephen has emerged from an open selection process as our new Chief Executive. The Board unanimously backed his appointment. We recognise the knowledge that he has developed within the industry as well as within the charity's roles in training and certification.
Surrey based BPCA Member Cleankill Environmental Services has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Social Responsibility category (up to 249 employees) in the third annual Investors in People Awards. Finalists demonstrate that social responsibility is not just a policy; it's driven from the top and rooted in the culture of the whole organisation.Read more
Auto enrolment for pensions is now in place for companies. The People's Pension are able to help BPCA members with auto enrolment and manage the process to set up a workplace pension.
BPCA members receive a one-off reduced fee of £300+VAT (instead of £500+VAT). To receive this they need to go to the People's Pension website and enter a reduced fee code. Contact the BPCA office on 01332 225 112 to obtain the special code.
Last month BPCA called upon the entire industry and clients to respond to the latest consultation regarding rodenticides. BPCA's response (available to download) was designed to keep these eight anticoagulant products available to pest controllers. The Association also contacted around 35,000 pest control clients to encourage them to write in. The consultation closed in mid-February, and we await the result. More to follow when we know it.Read more
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 in place regarding traps for stoats across 28 member states; and the UK is the only one that doesn't comply.Read more
February 16, 2016 (Fairfax, VA) - Today, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Dominique Stumpf, current chief operating officer to the position of chief executive officer.Read more
LONDON (15 Feb. 2016) - Southampton-based MX Wholesale, the UK's No.1 cash and carry wholesaler, has been praised by animal welfare campaigners Humane Society International/UK for withdrawing from sale rodent glue traps. The wholesaler took the compassionate stance after being contacted by the charity about the prolonged suffering rats and mice can endure once caught, including suffocating as the super-strong adhesive clogs their mouth or nose.Read more
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) UK has a new 15th member company, contributing financially and providing the resources and expertise of its staff to assist the operation of CRRU and implementation of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.Read more
Except as a justifiable last resort against clear long-term threats to human or animal health, the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime now rules out permanent rodenticide baiting around the outside of rural buildings.Read more
THE new chairman of BASIS PROMPT has revealed plans to boost the profile of the initiative as part of a push for significant growth.
Sabra Everett wants to see the professional register play an increasingly influential role within the pest control industry.
The Board of Directors of the Pelsis Group are delighted to announce the acquisition of Tanaco A/S of Esbjerg, Denmark, with immediate effect.
Tanaco is an established business serving the Danish Professional Pest Control market as well as the Consumer Pest Control market, through its Tanaco and A Green Way brands as well as through the distribution of a full range of third party brands.
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 Monitoring Ltd., which holds the assets, including the AgriSense® and Trappit® trademarks, employees and operations of Suterra's UK facilities that manufacture and market pest monitoring products for the professional pest control and home and garden markets under the "AgriSense" and "Trappit" brand names. The deal is expected to close in January.Read more
RSPCA, BPCA agree glue traps should not be on public sale
LONDON (16 Dec. 2015) -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 traps, including suffocating as the super-strong adhesive clogs their mouth or nose. Glue traps are already outlawed on animal welfare grounds in New Zealand and Ireland, and now the British Pest Control Association and the RSPCA are backing a major new push by HSI/UK to achieve a UK-wide ban too.
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 Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA).
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 under the Starkeys brand for the Australian, New Zealand & Asian markets for over 4 decades.Read more
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.Read more
Columbus, OH (E-Release) - 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 customers and attract new ones.Read more
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 from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the last 12 months*.
Rob Simpson, Managing Director of BASIS Registration Ltd, the charity that runs the BASIS PROMPT scheme, has advised the Board of Trustees of his intention to pursue other opportunities in the agricultural, horticultural and pesticide industries.Read more
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.Read more
PPC 81 is out now and if you subscribe to receive the magazine it should be arriving on your desks in the next few days. If you can't wait until then, and you want to read about the latest news, products and insightful features, then you can read the latest issue now.
The British Pest Control Association is working with the Trussell Trust to launch the first ever Pest Prevention Week.
The aim of Pest Prevention Week is for BPCA and its members to give something back to the local community while promoting the need for public health pest control........Read more
For anyone who wishes to purchase or use professional use rodenticides from next year, a number of existing training certificates were grandfathered by CRRU including the BPC Diploma Part 1 from 1998 - 2004. This meant that anyone with a BPC diploma part 1 dated before 1998 needed to refresh their qualification with one of the aforementioned certificates.
Well great news! If you have a Diploma part I with any date before 2004, it is valid under stewardship for the purchase and use of rodenticides.......
Held once every three years, the dates and details for the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) have been announced by the organisers.
The conference is, once again, being held in Europe and will take place on 9 - 12 July 2017. The venue is Conference Aston, which is based on the University of Aston campus in central Birmingham, UK.Held once every three years, the dates and details for the next International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) have been announced by the organisers.The conference is, once again, being held in Europe and will take place on 9 - 12 July 2017. The venue is Conference Aston, which is based on the University of Aston campus in central Birmingham, UK.
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) stewardship scheme.Read more
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 years, and has been instrumental in supporting Ted Byrne in the effective management of the business on several fronts.Read more
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 part of the professional pest control sector.Read more
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 their HSE counterparts to agree timelines for the regime's introduction and products covered.
Complexity is unavoidable because transition from pre-stewardship product labels and new stewardship authorisations involves different processes that are not synchronous, explains CRRU chairman Dr Alan Buckle.
The Bayer Rodilon® rodenticide range is now approved for indoor use and outdoor use (around buildings), giving pest controllers a new choice when it comes to selecting an effective product for use around buildings.
Before now, the rodenticide range has been approved for indoor use only. "As Rodilon® is becoming an industry favourite, then this is fantastic news for the sector," says Richard Moseley from Bayer.
According to Richard, this new approval should transform the treatment of rodent populations in areas where control has been unsuccessful in the past.
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.
Gamekeepers wishing to continue using the products after the deadline will need relevant credentials and one-day courses that lead to official certification, awarded by BASIS Registration Ltd, have attracted a surge of interest
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 investigation.
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.
The hotly-anticipated official announcement arrived on 24 July - the planned Rodenticide Stewardship Regime has been agreed by Government. It will require pest controllers to hold certified 'proof of competence' in rodent pest control before being allowed to buy and use professional anticoagulant rodenticides. This follows a cross-government ‘Oversight Group' agreeing a set of high-level principles to assist industry in developing the stewardship regime.Read more
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 will go down well within the industry.
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 industry and promotes and encourages improvements in health, hygiene and general cleanliness standards.Read more
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 balance the books.
A remarkable chapter draws to a close on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. The South Georgia Heritage Trust has concluded the baiting phase of its multi-year project to remove invasive rodents which have destroyed most of the native birds on one of the world's most important seabird sanctuaries. But the story is far from over. The Habitat Restoration Project now enters a new phase, which will include intensive monitoring to identify whether the baiting phase has been successful, and sharing the experience and lessons learned in order to contribute to the future success of other eradications around the world.Read more
Monheim, July 1, 2015 - 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 offers an innovative product range for non-agricultural weed and pest control for both professionals and consumers.Read more
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 have relevant credentials in place - or they could face prosecution.
Martina Flynn is to leave BASF after 18 years.
During this time Martina served for almost ten years on BPCA's Board, and in the role of President for a record three year term - the first to do this.
...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 CEPA Certified Protocol.Read more
Taking place once again at Nettle Hill, Ansty near Coventry, BPCA's 2015 AGM was held alongside a Regional Training Forum. Almost 40 people attended the event, which saw Martin Harvey continue his term as BPCA President whilst a number of notable changes saw Mark Williams of Ecolab take over the role of Honorary Treasurer from Jenny Humphrey of DRE Pest Control after five sterling years of service.Read more
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
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 foundation of Pestokill's service and growth over the last 30 years.Read more
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 (www.thinkwildlife.org.uk). So now is a good time to explain CRRU policy on this very important aspect of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime, writes CRRU chairman Dr Alan Buckle.Read more
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 the globe so there truly was an international atmosphere, proving that pest control transcends all boundaries.Read more
The Annual General Meeting of the British Pest Control Association will be held at Nettle Hill, Brinklow Road, Ansty, Coventry CV7 9JL at 09.00am on Wednesday 10 June 2015, with a Regional Training Forum to follow.Read more
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 newly elected Chairman Ray Hughes and Catriona Tait from the Leukaemia and Lymphoma research foundation who applauded their achievement.Read more
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 this strategic partnership took place on Thursday 7 May 2015.Read more
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 per cent over the last four years.
And the industry's leading trade body is warning that has the potential to prompt a significant increase in pests, including rats and bedbugs.
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 control.
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. PestEx 2015 saw 2242 people (including exhibitors) attend, who were attracted by the many innovative products on display...Read more
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has launched the document that forms the heart of the stewardship campaign around SGARs. The document has been produced in partnership with a range of industry bodies and the SGAR Government Oversight Group. It sets out the need for SGARs as a part of control rodent activity, and the potential risks from their use. Download the Code of Best Practice.Read more
The launch of a new industry standard will create a unique benchmark for pest controllers has been hailed as a positive step. Designed to promote professional standards for pest control companies across Europe, the standard was launched at a conference in Brussels organised by the European trade body, the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations...Read more
A MOVE designed to promote professional standards has been hailed as a positive step for the pest control industry. New rules mean members of leading trade body the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) must now meet strict criteria relating to their professional credentials. BPCA President Martin Harvey believes the decision will help raise the bar both for members and their customers...Read more
At the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) General Assembly held on 20 January in Brussels, Belgium, Henry Mott of Nottingham-based Conquer Pest Control was elected to the position of Vice President. The role is for a two year term. In his presentation before the vote, Henry said "I recognise that it is only through uniting the industry so that it speaks with one voice at an individual country and European level, and indeed even on a worldwide scale, can we truly effect positive change...Read more
Referrals are just one of the key ways BPCA delivers value 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. The end of year report for 2014 (from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014) are showing that consumer referrals are up 25+% at 55,235 which is almost 12,000 more than 2013...Read more
BPCA Members are well aware of the potential difficulties surrounding disposal of waste in general and rodent carcasses in particular. Disposal of dead rodents was straightforward at one time, most Local Authority waste sites or hospitals with incinerators accepted the carcases for burning or burying. These options are fast disappearing for varied reasons....Read more
Last month a 104-page submission went to HSE from the four sectors (Professional/Local Authority, Gamekeeper, Agriculture, Suppliers). This document has been considered and commented on by a range of government agencies. HSE's position is that we will move forward with the Stewardship Regime according to the proposals submitted...Read more
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