Swarms of grasshoppers wiped out from farms

ABU DHABI — An emergency pest control task force from the Public Health Department in Abu Dhabi Municipality on Thursday concluded its operations to wipe out swarms of desert grasshoppers that had invaded some of the farms in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 23 Jun 2008, 12:32 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:34 PM

The insects were widespread in residential areas extending from Suwaihan to Ajban, Rahba and some of parts of Al Ain city, said Engineer Salem Sultan Al Muamari, Executive Director of Service Sector in the municipality.

The Suwaihan, Warsan and Ajban areas experienced mass breeding of desert grasshoppers in the first week of April. However, pest control teams managed to destroy the newly-bred population, Al Muamari added.

To deal with the menace, an emergency room had been established in order to receive public complaints and coordinate with the pest control teams.

The insecticides used were safe and posed no risk to the environment, public health or fungal life, said Engineer Mohammed Jasem Al Husni.

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