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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Millions of mosquito breeding sites eliminated in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi cracks down on the menace of mosquitoes 

Tadweer workers eliminate a mosquito breeding site at a pond. Courtesy Tadweer 
Tadweer workers eliminate a mosquito breeding site at a pond. Courtesy Tadweer 

More than two million mosquito breeding sites have been eliminated in Abu Dhabi since the start of the year.

Half of these were located in farmland, with the other half in public areas.

Authorities also received 3,853 call-out requests to deal with the flies.

The figures were revealed by the Centre for Waste Management — Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) on Monday.

Tadweer has a fleet of 91 vehicles and 380 workers to deal with these incidents.

It follows a mosquito prevention campaign run by the centre from June to August that was chiefly directed at farmers but also members of the public.

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and Tadweer has urged farmers to cover water tanks and irrigation ponds, while water pipes and septic tanks should also be sealed.

In cities and towns, meanwhile, mosquitoes can breed in villa fountains, water features, leaking pipes and even flower pots. Tadweer said washing cars is not an issue but advised home owners to keep their premises free of stagnant water.

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Mohammed Al Marzouqi, pest control projects director at the centre, said the campaign was about protecting public health and disease.

“The public health pest control projects division at Tadweer monitors mosquito breeding sites across the emirate through regular inspections and field surveys,” he said.

“After identifying the pest types and analysing data … we spray the infected areas using environmentally-safe pest control products.”

Tadweer said it is important to start prevention methods during the summer as uncovered water can become stagnant quickly.

Mosquitoes can carry malaria but the UAE was certified malaria-free in 2007. Cases continued to be recorded here of people infected when travelling abroad where the disease is still prevalent. But apart from generally being pests, mosquitoes can transmit other diseases such as yellow fever, dengue and West Nile virus.

Authorities held awareness workshops, distributed leaflets and contacted farmers over the past few months.

Tadweer also published an information brochure for farm owners and workers in Arabic and Urdu.