Pest Control: Experts Speak


While pest control is a service that many of us have made use of to protect our homes and offices, there seems to be an overwhelming lack of awareness about the same, with respect to everything from how one can rate the quality of the service, to the health, safety and environmental considerations one should take care of before employing a pest control service provider.

Keeping this scenario in mind, and given the tragedies that recently occured in the UAE owing to improper pesticide use, fmME went to some of the leading experts in the pest control industry to put together a list of general guidelines that customers for this line of service, be it home owners or facility managers, should carefully consider before employing the services of a pest control company. Find out what they told us in the next few pages.


This may seem like a pretty basic thing to do, but asking pest control service providers for proof of their commercial licenses and credentials should be the first thing one should be doing when scouting around for services of this nature.

“Only use a fully-licensed pest control service business,” says Baker, noting that customers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi can make informed decisions in this matter by looking at the monthly grading lists from the Dubai Municipality Pest Control Section and the Abu Dhabi Centre for Waste Management, which regulate and monitor the performances of pest control businesses.

In addition, customers should also keep an eye out for the chemicals that pest control companies use in their operations. “Ask for the actual municipality-approved document for the chemicals,” says Tate. “As standard, we are required to provide that to every commercial client, and we are obliged to share that with domestic clients as well, if they do wish.”

Even the technicians employed by the pest control company should come under your scrutiny—pest control operators are allowed to work in this field only if they have passed a test carried out by Dubai Municipality. “Just because a pesticide may be approved by the local authority doesn’t mean it’s safe,” Baker notes. “A relatively safe product could become dangerous in the hands of an untrained technician who is using inadequate equipment.

SOURCE: constructionweekonline


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