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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