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.Read more
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.
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 poisonedRead more
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 theirachievement.Read more
PelGar International isdelighted to announce the acquisition of pesticide manufacturing companyAgropharm Ltd. Based in Penn, Buckinghamshire, Agropharm also hasmanufacturing and packing facilities in Telford, Shropshire. The launch of thisstrategic 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
PPC 78 is now out and if your subscribe to receive the magazine it should be arriving on your desks in the next week or so. 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.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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