Abu Dhabi-UAE: The Pest Control Projects Department at Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has carried out an intensive pest control program as part of the preventive measures taken by the Center to ensure the health and safety of residents in the emirate.
As part of the drive, Tadweer launched an awareness campaign targeting real estate contractors, consultants, and developers in the Emirate in close collaboration with the Environment, Health and Safety Department at Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. The move aimed to ensure the highest environment, health and safety standards in controlling pests at construction sites, while helping the emirate preserve its aesthetic appeal.
Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Pest Control Projects Director at Tadweer, said: “Our latest pest control drive covered a total of 559 construction sites in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, and found 216 sites affected by pests. This includes 102 sites infested by rodents, which accounted for 18% of the total infestation, 122 sites infested by mosquitoes, which accounted for 22% of the infestation and 99 sites infested by flies, which accounted for 17% of the infestation.”
Al Marzouqi also revealed that mosquitoes accounted for 43% of infestation in Abu Dhabi, rodents for 34% of infestation, and flies for 32% of infestation. In Al Ain, 34% of sites surveyed by Tadweer were infested by mosquitoes, 10% by rodents, and 11% by flies, while in Al Dhafra 16% of sites were infested by mosquitoes, 7% by rodents, and 5% by flies.
Tadweer inspected 50 construction sites in Abu Dhabi main land, and found 14% of them infested by pests.
Of the 263 sites inspected in the northern sector of Al Ain city, 71 sites were found infested, with an infestation rate of 27%. In the southern sector of the city, Tadweer inspected 50 sites and found 10 sites infested, representing an infestation rate of 20%.
in Al Dhafra region, a total of 57 sites were inspected, and 16 sites were found infested, registering an infestation rate of 28%.
Warning of potential pest infestation risks to construction sites, Tadweer reiterated the need to take all necessary precautions to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes, flies and rodents through ensuring that sewage tanks, water tanks, and water bodies are tightly covered and the leakage of sewage pipes, untreated water bodies, and food waste is timely prevented. It also warned that random dumping of construction waste, used tires and scrapes creates breeding ground for pests and stray animals such as cats, dogs, among others.
Al Marzouqi added: “To promote awareness and ensure the highest standards of environment, health and public safety across Abu Dhabi Emirate, the Pest Control Projects Department at Tadweer carries out a series of pest control campaigns and takes necessary measures to help prevent pest infestation. We also adopt the latest international pest control practices to protect public health from any diseases transmitted by pests especially in this challenging time."
Al Marzouqi also noted that the Pest Control Projects Department at Tadweer has put in place effective mechanisms to ensure rapid detection of sites affected by mosquitoes, flies and rodents. It utilizes latest technologies and equipment to ensure best results from the regular inspections and surveys at these sites as part of the Center’s sustainedefforts to ensure a safe and sustainable healthy environment in the emirate.
Tadweer is the key government entity responsible for all activities related to the development of waste management services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste in a safe, efficient and economical manner. The center is also tasked with carrying out pest control, educating communities about the significance of protecting the environment, and encouraging them to adopt sound environmental habits to drive sustainable development.