Abu Dhabi’s Tadweer has destroyed more than 2 million mosquito breeding sites in efforts to control the city’s pest number
2 October 2018| Last updated on 2 October 2018
The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre for pest control project has stated that it has successfully eliminated more than 2 million mosquito breeding sites across the emirate.
Over the past year, efforts by the Abu Dhabi’s Tadweer, a government waste management centre, has executed an intensive programme to control mosquitoes and other pests that can affect the health of residents in the city.
Almost 2.1 million mosquito breeding sites have been eradicated from various locations around the city from January to August of 2018 – including 1.02 million farm sites.
If left unattended, the mosquito farm sites can have an infection rate of 0.51% and public areas can have an infection rate of 1.3%.
This intensive programme also took part after the Abu Dhabi’s Tadweer received more than 3,853 complaints and control requests from residents across Abu Dhabi.
The pest control centre took precautionary efforts to eradicate possibly harmful mosquitoes – they identified the pest types, analysed relevant data and sprayed infected areas with environmentally safe pesticides.
The whole programme took 380 workers and 91 controlled vehicles to carry out the mosquito eradication this year.
How dangerous are mosquito bites?
Abu Dhabi’s pest control centre hasn’t eliminated all mosquitoes in the emirate, it just controlled the number of them in the city and destroyed possibly infected areas so mosquito breeding sites haven’t been destroyed in vain.
Mosquitoes are pests that can carry and spread dangerous diseases from person to person – they are carries for certain diseases, some of which can even be deadly.
An average mosquito bite can be uncomfortable and itchy but a single bite can be extremely dangerous - they can transmit diseases like malaria, dengue fever, zika and more.
What to do if you get a mosquito bite?
Female mosquitoes tend to bite, extract blood and inject saliva into the skin, which contains proteins that prevent blood from clotting and activates a mild harmless immune response in many people.
This explains why some people notice the signs of a mosquito bite soon after they are bitten – it usually appears as a round, red and itchy bump with a dot in the middle.
However, if you feel the following symptoms after you’ve been bitten by a mosquito then it is best to go see your doctor:
- Body aches
These can pop up two days to two weeks after a mosquito bite – the chances of getting any disease through a mosquito bite in Abu Dhabi is extremely rare but it is good to be cautious.