Pest control

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. They mostly lay eggs in stagnant water - the larvae can survive in quantities as little as that left in the collecting pans of plant pots after watering. Other areas where mosquitoes lay eggs and breed include fountains and landscape features with stagnant water, unused swimming pools and even small water bottles or beverage cans left with water inside. Mosquitoes can even breed in polluted water, allowing them to survive where other insects cannot. 

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What can you do?
Since mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle, you can help
by preventing water stagnation in and around your house by doing the following:

  • Swimming pools – when not in use or before going for long vacations, pools should be entirely emptied and covered to prevent water accumulation
  • Fountains and water features – should be left running with moving water. Before leaving for vacation or if you want to turn them off for a long time, empty the water and cover the with a plastic sheet to prevent water accumulating from sprinklers and rain
  • Plant pots – empty excess water from plant pot collection pans regularly
  • Garbage disposal – properly dispose of water bottles and beverage cans in waste bins and empty regularly
  • Check your home for water leakages regularly – remember, even the smallest water accumulations can attract mosquitoes

Rodents
Urban rodents (rats and mice) have been living alongside humans for a long time and are well adapted for the purpose. They are very successful breeders where food, water and shelter are available and this is where your help is needed to prevent them establishing themselves in your community.

What can you do?

  • Feeding pets – don’t leave a food source out for rodents! Some pet foods have vitamin K added to them as a supplement, which is an antidote for rodent poison. If they eat this around the same time as the poison, the lethal effect will be neutralised. So, after feeding pets, immediately remove any remaining or spilled food and dispose of it in a closed waste bin
  • Feeding birds – rodents take advantage of this food source as well, so avoid feeding birds around lakes and public areas as the left over feed will attract them as well as attracting other pests like ants and cockroaches
  • Storage of items in private gardens – store items in such a way as to prevent rodents from hiding behind them and always keep moving them out to check there is not infestation
  • Fruits from plants and trees – if you have trees or plants that bear fruits in your private garden, please collect the fruits as soon as they ripen. Fruits that fall on the ground can be eaten and stored by rodents, which may prevent them from eating the poison bait used in common areas

Flies
House flies are part of a group of flies called ‘filth flies’. They need decomposing organic matter with high humidity to progress through their immature stage - called maggots - to survive. Some examples of places where filth flies can lay their eggs and breed around your house are: bad quality manure, food waste and dog droppings.

What can you do?
Please follow the following steps to aid in the prevention of filth flies breeding:

  • When dog walking – take a pair of disposable gloves and some bags so that you can safely and securely collect and dispose of your pet’s droppings in the waste bins provided, when out and about. If you have someone that takes your pet dog for a walk, ask them to do the same. Even the smallest quantity of mess left on the ground can provide flies with a breeding ground for weeks to come, aside from being dangerous and unpleasant for other residents
  • Avoid using animal manure in your garden; instead use plant compost or peat moss and chemical fertilisers. If you have to use manure, inspect it or let your gardener inspect it for fly breeding before applying. Manure should be relatively dry, when you open the bags it should not have any living insects inside. If the bags have high humidity inside or you note small white maggots in it, do not use it – return it to the vendor or dispose of it in sealed bags
  • Dispose of your garden waste in the allocated garbage bins outside your house
  • Remove fruits as soon as they are ripe from date palms or other plants and trees in your garden to avoid pest infestation

Redback Spiders
Unfortunately, the impact of Redback Spiders is exaggerated in the media. They are actually very timid and if disturbed would rather flee and hide than attack. Not all spider bites contain venom but if you are unlucky enough to receive a venomous bite, it moves slowly inside the body allowing ample time to get medical attention.The anti-venom is currently available from several hospitals in Dubai if needed.



What can you do?

  • You can prevent Redback Spiders from nesting and breeding in your garden by avoiding storage of unused items for a long time. If you do store items outside, clean behind them regularly. If you find webs and suspect they are from Redbacks, use an aerosol pesticide to treat them thoroughly and wait couple of hours, then collect the web with any egg sacks using a long stick and dispose of them inside closed garbage bags in the garbage can OUTSIDE your home. Make sure that you inspect all items left outside in the garden before using them or bringing them into your house. Children toys and shoes left outside in the garden are examples of items where spiders and other pests can hide.