Dubai to control rodents and pests

Filed on August 24, 2011

DUBAI Municipal inspectors will be scouring the nook and corner of Dubai for vermin as part of an integrated rodent control plan devised by the Dubai Municipality to curb the spread of rodents and pests in urban areas.

Eateries and deserted buildings will be the focus of an intensified campaign launched by the Pest Control Section of the municipality in association with two other departments.

From next month, the services of various other municipal departments would also be roped in to implement the integrated plan, according to Hisham Abdul-Rahman Yahya, who heads the section.

He said a team has been formed for emergency control of the pest infestation and to take immediate preventive measures against the menace of rodents. The section has increased field staff and intensified control operations and awareness programmes as well.

“We already have a programme with the Buildings Department. Now, we have launched another campaign with the Food Control Department to inspect all restaurants, cafeterias and other food outlets,” he told Khaleej Times.

He said the presence of rats, cockroaches, flies and ants would attract fines on both the eateries and the pest control companies contracted by them. “Action will be taken regarding violations of hygiene and storage that cause spread of rodents and contamination of food in the affected premises,” Yahya said in a statement.

Deserted buildings are another major target of the operations. Thirty such buildings in different parts of Dubai have already been identified for inspections in the first stage. In Muhaisna 2, where the Environmental Emergency Office of the municipality had launched the campaign, 50 tonnes of waste was removed from just one site.

“In later stages, all remaining areas of the Emirate of Dubai will be covered,” said Yahya.

“The municipality urges the owners of those abandoned buildings to cooperate and leave the doors open. Otherwise, the owners of these buildings should bear the responsibility, according to legislation adopted in this regard,” he said. “The Pest Control Section has been discussing with all concerned departments such as Waste Management, Assets Management, Buildings and Public Parks to study all ways to reduce the proliferation of rodents and take necessary actions to reduce the prevalence to a minimum level in the Emirate of Dubai,” he said.

In 2010, rodent infestation in uninhabited buildings and construction sites forced Dubai to formulate rules that made it mandatory for construction companies to have a pest control contract before they start work at a given site. A legislation was also formulated to make construction companies liable for treating sites that have a high degree of infestation.

The section carried out rodent control operations in 1,840 sites in May and 2,564 sites in June following inspections at 3,492 sites and 5,198 sites in the respective months.

Urging all establishments to put in place an effective pest control management programme, Yahya called upon the public to refrain from practices that would attract rodents and pests and to report malpractices to the municipality through its call centre 800900.

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