The Pest Control Section of the Public Health Services Department in Dubai Municipality has developed an alternative pest control method using smart traps, which is the result of one of the latest researches in pest control. With the new smart traps, rodents are controlled using smart sensor technology and electric shock, instead of traditional methods of controlling rodents.
Zuhoor Al Sabbagh, Director of Public Health Services Department said that the Pest Control Section is one of the vital sections working within an integrated system to preserve the health and safety of the Dubai community from disease carrier pests.
“Last year, the Section won the first place in the Environmental Management Award for Government Agencies, launched by Saudi Arabia,” she pointed out.
Eng. Hisham Abdulrahman Al Yahya, Head of Pest Control Section, said the device installed on the smart trap in the field will send text messages and emails continuously to the control team in the Pest Control Section immediately after the rodents entering the trap and the text message will include the number and location of the trap and the number of rodents.
“This smart trap will help to reduce the expenses in the fight against rodents and pests and will also contribute to the preservation of the environment save time and effort in the follow-up of the traps all over the emirate. The smart message from the trap is enough to know the location of the trap and disposal in a proper manner before decomposition and without the pest control workers to make periodic inspections of the traps,” he explained.
Al Yahya stressed that the Public Health Services Department is in the process of circulating these smart traps throughout the Emirate as an innovative plan to reduce the spread of pests and develop control methods in line with the rapid and distinguished development witnessed by the Emirate of Dubai in the areas of tourism, trade and business.
He urged the public to cooperate with Dubai Municipality to report any pests or practices that increase the spread of insects and pests in the emirate’s areas by contacting the Municipality Call Center at 800900 and the need to maintain public hygiene as the primary role of the Municipality is to reduce the spread of pests.