Tadweer conducts pest control programme at construction sites
Tadweer inspected 50 construction sites on the Abu Dhabi mainland and found 14% of them infested by pests
The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre’s (Tadweer) Pest Control Projects Department has conducted an intensive pest control programme at construction sites in the emirate as part of its preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of residents.
Tadweer inspected 50 construction sites on the Abu Dhabi mainland and found 14% of them infested by pests.
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 the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.
The initiative aims to ensure that the highest environment, health, and safety standards are met in terms of controlling pests at construction sites, while helping the emirate preserve its aesthetic appeal.
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 and the leakage of sewage pipes, untreated water bodies, and food waste is prevented in a timely fashion.
It also warned against random dumping of construction waste, used tyres, and scrap, which create a breeding ground for pests and stray animals.
Commenting on the initiative, the Pest Control Projects Director at Tadweer, Mohammed Al Marzouqi, 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 accounted for 34% of infestation; and flies for 32% of infestation.
In Al Ain, 34% of sites surveyed 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.
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 the Al Dhafra region, a total of 57 sites were inspected, and 16 sites were found infested, registering an infestation rate of 28%.
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 pests.