Dubai issues warning on improper use of pesticides
Municipality urges engagement of professionals over DIY pest control
Residents in Dubai are being warned to exercise extreme caution when purchasing pesticides, as improper use can have fatal consequences.
Chemicals such as aluminium phosphide and other pesticides are being issued by unlicensed sellers, and improper use can cause serious problems, warn officials.
Suffocation incidents as a result of pesticide misuse have prompted the Dubai Municipality to issue a warning.
People are buying aluminium phosphide from individuals not licensed to sell or circulate them, and are not qualified to use them, Hesham Abdul Rahman Al Yahya, head of pest control section of the municipality told Gulf News. “They are packed in cheap plastic bags with no warning labels on them,” he said.
Experts are warning that people should only purchase those products approved by the Ministry of Environment and Water.
But Sean Baker, managing director, NatPest, says it is difficult to brand pesticides harmful due to the number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, and which often, only a professional has the ability to assess.
“Even if a pesticide is registered with the municipality or Ministry of Environment and Water, doesn't mean it is safe,” says Baker. “Whilst many domestic pesticides are sold off the shelf in the region, many are not as effective as the vast range of professional pesticides available from around the world to leading business such as National Pest Control.
While the cost of engaging a professional can often put people off, driving them to opt for the ‘cheaper’ do-it-yourself option, Baker says costs only end up mounting up when the issue is not resolved. He adds that the vast amount of information available online can often confuse a person who can be misled into buying ineffective, or even products that are harmful when improperly used.
“Often, a DIY approach will waste time and money. Moreover, a person will be doing something they don’t understand, after which they will be forced to use a professional anyway because the problem hasn’t been controlled. At the same time they are possibly exposing themselves to unnecessary risk.”