According to data collected by an online marketplace, Deira, Silicon Oasis and Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) are the most cockroach-infested areas in Dubai while Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina and Al Barsha top the list of localities infested by bed bugs, according to the number of pest control calls made in the past 12 months.
Gulf News reports here that ServiceMarket, a UAE-based online marketplace which collated the data, said most of the 1,600 calls made to them over the past year came from residents in JLT, Jumeirah Village and Al Barsha.
While bed bugs and roaches remain major concerns, accounting for nearly six out of 10 pest control complaints in Dubai, certain parts of Jumeirah, Mirdiff and Bur Dubai must also contend with rats. Rats are a gnawing problem in Bur Dubai too. They eat false ceilings, wiring, and anything else they can gnaw into.
Bed bugs are the second most common reason residents call for pest control in the city. The creepy crawlies are among the most resilient household pests, up there with cockroaches and termites in terms of their ability to breed and survive in the most hostile conditions.
Pest control companies say their efforts don’t yield the desired results as residents often skip the treatment midway or fail to follow their guidelines.
Pest control services cost anywhere between Dh60 and Dh600 depending on the program. About 1,500 tonnes of pest control chemicals are imported into the UAE annually.
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