Abu Dhabi declares war on pests and rodents in residential areas

Clean-up campaign to kick off in preparation of Eid Al Adha

13:06 October 11, 2012

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi authorities have launched a special campaign to end the pest and rodent menace in major residential areas, parks, beaches and other public places.

The campaign focuses on residential areas in Mussaffah, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi Gate City and Baniyas, a spokesperson from the Centre of Waste Management, Abu Dhabi, told Gulf News on Wednesday.

The centre in cooperation with the Public Health Department of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launched the comprehensive campaign on Tuesday to control flies, mosquitoes and rodents, in preparation of Eid Al Adha which falls in the last week of this month.

Two teams of 24 technicians, three team leaders and two pest control engineers will continue their job until the objective is fulfilled, the spokesperson said.

These teams will ensure that the residential areas are free from pests and rodents by stopping their proliferation that poses a threat to public health, she said.

The technicians are doing pest control measures in all the main streets and the interior areas, all residential neighbourhoods, areas between villas and buildings, waste containers, all the fountains and sewerage systems.

All infested rubbish bins will be treated to control flies. The technicians are checking all possible breeding sites and making treatments for controlling mosquito larvae. They are using fogging machines and other modern devices to control adult flies and mosquitoes, especially during the evening time.

Sewage manholes will be treated to control cockroaches in all infested areas.

The campaign aims to eradicate pests using the latest technology and expertise to maintain a healthy and pest-free environment in the long term.

The centre has contracted Eagle Environmental Services and Pest Control, an environmental services provider, to conduct the campaign.

The pesticides used in the campaign has normal low toxicity thanks to the latest scientific methods that take into account the safety standards and global environmental practices in force in the field of pest control, the spokesperson said.