Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer
) has conducted an intensive pest control programme as part of its preventive measures against Covid-19 pandemic and to help control disease-carrying pests at construction sites across the emirate.
As part of the drive, Tadweer said its Pest Control Projects Department had 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 the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.
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 percent of the total infestation, 122 sites infested by mosquitoes, which accounted for 22 percent of the infestation and 99 sites infested by flies, which accounted for 17 percent of the infestation," he stated.
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 by ensuring that sewage tanks, water tanks, and water bodies are tightly covered besides preventing leakage of sewage pipes.
It also warned that random dumping of construction waste, used tyres and scrap create a breeding ground for pests and stray animals.
Tadweer had inspected 50 construction sites on the Abu Dhabi mainland and found 14 percent 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 percent. In the southern sector of the city, Tadweer inspected 50 sites and found 10 sites infested, representing an infestation rate of 20percent.
In Al Dhafra region, a total of 57 sites were inspected, and 16 sites were found infested, registering an infestation rate of 28 percent.-TradeArabia News Service