Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi residents take advantage of a free pest control service offered by a government entity to households across the emirate.
The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (CWM) offers the service free of charge at residential premises.
“Those in need of this service can call the Abu Dhabi government toll free number 800555 and our staff will respond immediately, possibly within 24 hours,” said Dr Salem Al Ka’abi, deputy managing director of CWM.
Al Ka’abi announced a comprehensive one-year campaign to ensure general cleanliness throughout the emirate. The initiative will also be promoted through three-month seasonal campaigns.
The winter season campaign, launched on November 1, aims to prevent the proliferation of parasites that breed during the colder months. The campaign will see the latest technical solutions implemented against insects such as flies and mosquitoes in addition to rodents.
The CWM has engaged a number of Environmental Service Providers (ESPs) to provide waste management and pest control services across the emirate.
Al Ka’abi made it clear that free pest control services would only be offered in residential premises. Commercial entities will need to use private pest control agencies.
Residents can call the CWM to deal with any kind of pests, reptiles or stray animals, he said. “If you find a snake in your residential premises, our people will come and capture it. Likewise, stray dogs or cats are captured and handed over to Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi, ”he added.
Falcon Hospital is an Abu Dhabi government-owned facility that provides care and shelter for falcons as well as cats, dogs and other animals.
“With the onset of winter, Abu Dhabi is preparing to receive an increasing number of tourists seeking to enjoy pleasant weather. The center therefore aims to showcase the beauty of our capital and ensure that the emirate remains a welcoming destination. Using advanced techniques, our efforts are also aimed at protecting public health, ”Al Ka’abi said.
The cleaning companies hired by the CWM will deploy a team of 500 workers as well as state-of-the-art equipment and machinery as part of the campaign. They were tasked with keeping the streets clean in addition to cleaning passageways in residential areas, parking lots and sidewalks.
The campaign will also tackle sandstorm debris and remove fallen trees and scattered trash. In addition, lampposts and bus stops will be stripped of posters and stickers. City officials will fine people who spit gum in the streets and put up posters and stickers.
“In our current seasonal campaign, we are taking precautionary measures against pests that pose a common health risk at this time of year,” said Fares Al Mazroui, head of CWM’s inspection and licensing department.