Common pests seen in Dubai are cockroaches, ants, termites, pigeons and very occasionally, rodents. If you can’t deal with these pests on your own, you may need to call in the professionals. But if you’re new to Dubai, whom to trust?
According to this article, the Dubai government is said to have sanctioned programmes to train nearly 100 companies, and they are reevaluated every 3 months.
Here are a 5 things to watch out for when you evaluate pest control companies in Dubai.
Have you done your research? Read to understand more about the pest infesting your home, and recommendations on how to deal with them. If the situation is too bad for you to deal with it yourself, call in the professionals. Be aware that different pests require different ways to deal with them.
Does the company have good reviews? Speak to your friends to see who they recommend (and equally, who they don’t). Go online on forums like expatwoman.com. Visit the company’s website to make sure they are legit. And make sure you hire a pest control company that is approved by the Dubai Municipality.
Ask the right questions. Check with the company about its mode of treatment (spray/gel/etc.). Find out how long it will take and whether there are any restrictions. Ask about the chemicals used and their toxicity. Watch out if they say they use tablets (these are thought to contain harmful gases) or that you need to leave the house for a day or so.
Check prices: Ask them for an estimate. This is usually determined by the size of your house and the severity of the infestation, but most pest control companies have price slabs and there is a benchmark most companies stick to. If the quote is too high or too low, beware!
Compare: Speak to three or four pest control agencies. Compare costs, methods and overall customer service. Are they approachable? Can they answer your questions? Are they sure of their methods? Are they willing to discuss them? Ask about their license and whether they can show you a MDSS (Materials Data Safety Sheet).
Once you’ve done the groundwork, call in the company and get set to enjoy a pest-free existence in the UAE!