British Pest Control Association
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA):
PEST UK is a full BPCA member and have been for over twenty years. This association, unlike many, actually inspects prospective and current members. At PEST UK we have just had an inspection. As well as looking at insurance, stores, vans and work methods the BPCA inspector goes out on a job with one of our staff to check our procedures are correct. many companies that apply for membership are refused or have to make changes to be accepted. Currently the BPCA inspects existing members every three years but in the future this may change to annually. This method keeps out the unskilled and ‘roque trader’ elements of pest control. The only drawback is that BPCA member companies are often more expensive than non members as the extra cost of insurance, proper stores, training, adapted vans etc is expensive and some of this is reflected in pricing. Unfortunately one of the failings (in my opinion) of the BPCA is that this ‘quality’ message does’t reach many of the public. As mentioned, not many associations vet their members and it is easy for a company to join an association with a fancy logo and put this on their averts. The public will be unaware that choosing a BPCA member company would be far safer than choosing a non member. Any complaints about a BPCA member can be directed to the BPCA who will investigate and take action if necessary. The BPCA is at present taking action (via Trading Standards) against companies falsely using the BPCA logo. About 15 years ago the BPCA suggested allowing Local Authorities to join without any pre conditions. There was a vote of members and this was rejected. The feeling from private companies (including PEST UK or Berkshire Pest Control as we were then) was that the LA’s would dominate the committees and decision making as they would have more ‘spare’ time to indulge themselves in this type of activity.
To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA)