You got new furniture and after a couple of nights you found unidentified itchy red spots on your daughter’s body… Or one of your customers said she saw a mouse in the restrooms of your fancy restaurant! You should better get a pest control immediately. You want to keep the unwanted visitors away from your space but don’t know where to start? We know that sharing your home or office with insects or rodents is really uncomfortable! Get ready to fight! We have good news for you: you can find the best pest control companies in Dubai on mrUsta.com. Based on the information from our registered ustas, below you can find some common types of pest, the most efficient ways of saving your place without harming your loved ones and as well as the nature.
If you are moving to a new place probably the best time for a pest control is a couple of days prior to moving in after painting, landscaping and final clean-up is done. According to the method of treatment, keep in mind that you might need to empty the kitchen cub-boards, clear all the floors by moving the clothes, toys etc. Moreover you might need to spend one night away after the treatment. And be prepared for a thorough cleaning when you get back home! After this initial check, it is better you get pest inspection every 12 months at most. Although mostly all pests have an important role to sustain the ecosystem, living with them in your home/workplace is not fun! Besides you do not necessarily need to use harmful chemicals to prevent their invasions since new technology offers you safe ways to get rid of them while saving the environment
Common types of Pests and Rodents in Dubai
• Bed Bugs
The problem of bedbug is spreading in Dubai. The mix accommodation and different life style of the inhabitant is the main cause behind the menace. Some professional pest control techniques are required to solve the problem. Proper monitoring and various techniques such as regulate the temperature and humidity, breaking the life cycle and safe and targeted use of chemicals is the main requirement in maintaining the control strategies.
Time to call an Usta: Most Bedbugs problems are not detected until someone has been bitten. The bite is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. This is accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. A bed bug infestation can be recognized by blood stains from crushed bugs or by rusty (sometimes dark) spots of excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls. Fecal spots, eggshells, and shed skins may be found in the vicinity of their hiding places. An offensive, sweet, musty odor from their scent glands may be detected when bed bug infestations are severe.
Your home is an ideal breeding ground most species of cockroaches and they reproduce quickly. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round. Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know:
Time to call an Usta: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. You can even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on your person! The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals. Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.
Ants are social insects which live in nests, which vary in size depending on their age and the species of ant. They are generally found in the ground, in wood or under rocks, although ants can also nest in walls, fireplaces, under paths and in buildings. There are mainly three types of ants in Dubai (fire ants, samsoon ants and the pharaoh ants) and the symptoms differ accordingly. But the most painful one is the fire ants.
Time to call an Usta: Fire ant is an introduced pest which could significantly reduce the quality of life if it becomes generally established in Dubai. The Dubai Municipality pest control section and private pest control firms’ look to the public to join in the effort to eliminate this serious threat to Dubai urban environment. They are called Fire Ants because of painful stings. Fire Ants are even more unpleasant than those of the local ‘samsoon ants’. Fire Ants stings may leave scars that persist for weeks.
There are various species of fleas found in UAE (OrderSyphonaptera), the most common being the human fleas, cat flea and the dog flea. They are 1-6mm in length and black or brown in colour. The cat flea is far the more common species, with this parasite being found upon both dogs & cats. They are usually cat fleas that their pet has deposited on the ground.
Time to call an Usta: All fleas are blood-sucking parasites and they need a living host in order to survive. Fleas are wingless insects with a laterally flattened body, hairy with hooks on their legs to move easily through and to grip onto the fur of their hosts. They have very powerful hind legs that have a rubber-like resilient in their joints. When they compress these legs and release them, they are catapulted into the air. A flea begins as an egg and becomes first larvae, then pupae and finally an adult. The life cycle length can range from many weeks to a few months and this varies according to environmental conditions. Eggs can hatch independently from their hosts and can therefore be found in carpets, furniture or even in cracks in the flooring. Therefore, the identification and control of fleas required experience and skills in the field of pest control.
• Rats and Mouse
Millions of dirham each year is lost by contamination of food by rodent droppings, urine and hair. Rodents destroy much more food than they could possibly eat, and their chewing habits have been responsible for causing fires.
Time to call an Usta: Rats colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, in wall voids and other hard to reach places. They can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. They can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks into your home. Within a year a rat can have between thirty and eighty offspring, depending on the species. On the other hand without mouse control intervention, one pair of mice may produce 200 offspring in four months. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a 20 cent piece, fall 20 meters with no injury, tread water for 3 days, eat all sorts of food and survive an atomic bomb test. If you have rat or mouse droppings or smear marks on the objects around and damaged stock then definitely you need a professional control.
Termites cause damage to homes and buildings every year worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Termites live in a colony which can contain several million individual termites alone. They can travel one hundred meters or more through mud tubes or galleries from their main colony to a particular food source, e.g your home. These colonies can be very difficult to find and are sometimes located in trees, walls and under floors of homes.
Time to call an Usta: Although they usually leave pellets or droppings, signs of a termite infestation are difficult to spot. Accordingly, there are different types of termite treatment programs and services. Post construction Anti-termite Treatment service is carried out for termite infested building. The control measures are applied by drilling and injecting method by highly trained staff. Pre-construction Anti-termite Treatment is carried out for new building before construction to save the building against any future termite attach. So while moving in a new building, you can ask the owner/developer about the actions they have taken against termites.