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Rat menace: traps set up to tackle gnawing problem

Vermin and pests have been a problem for JBR residents

  • By Nadeem Hanif, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 April 8, 2010

  • Image Credit: Xpress /Karen Dias
  • Over a hundred black boxes like the one above are being used to trap rats in JBR

Dubai: Rat traps have been installed along one of Dubai's most popular and exclusive locales to deal with the rodent menace.

Over a hundred of them can be seen all along the bottom of buildings and side roads on The Walk at the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The traps were installed five months ago.

Vermin and pests have been a problem for residents, with some even going online to vent their frustration. Shahid Hussain, who lives on the 38th floor of the Bahar 4 tower, said he had not seen any rats because his flat was high up. "It's more of a problem for people on lower floors," he said. Miss Jayjay, a member of the JBR Community online forum, said rats have been seen running around on the ground-level car park at Rimal Building.

Fadi Anas, Assistant Showroom Manager, Singways Furniture, The Walk, said: "I saw the workers when they put the traps around five months ago, but I haven't seen them checking."

Jacob Livio, Assistant Manager of Zara Home, said he had seen one seven-inch-long rat trying to get into the store about a month ago. "I've seen the traps near the Union Metro station. Once I had seen a guy opening a trap and immediately a rat jumped out."

Kevin Shoaito, owner of Duo restaurant, said: "We have a contract with a pest control company and have regular checks. I've seen the traps like everyone else, but I haven't seen any rats here."

No one was available for comment from Dubai Municipality or Dubai Properties, JBR developers, when contacted by XPRESS.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 09:36 April 11, 2010

    I live in Discovery Gardens too and I have informed the security company and Nakheel many times but there has been no reply. There should be a serious action regarding this issue, it is unhealthy and dangerous especially for children.

    SJ, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:33 April 9, 2010

    It’s hard to believe that we have some thing called as rat menace in one of the famous localities of Jumeirah Beach Residence. As such, rat menace is a never-ending nuisance across residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural lands. They creep in at every possible corner, causing damages to the human kind directly as well as indirectly. The menace affects a large section of the people across the world. Black droppings, torn papers scattered around on the floor, partially eaten vegetables and fruits in the kitchen, well-maintained garden getting messed up are signs which indicate the presence of rats in the vicinity. Rats and rodents do not spare residences, offices, factories and other commercial and industrial complexes. They create health problems that could even result in death. Ease of reach of food, garbage, unfinished compost, animal faeces, insects and plants is the chief the reason for rat invasion. Rats and rodents dig holes in the walls, ceilings, etc. Any kind of protection to prevent them from entering the territory is useless. Perhaps the most practical way to deal with such pests is to seek the help of the professionals, meaning the pest control operators.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:10 April 8, 2010

    Well, I’m staying in Discovery Gardens, a newly developed colony. I’ve also seen a lot of rats here. I stay on the eighth floor and am fed up with rats. I don’t know where they come from but they can be found on the ceiling. I’ve reported the issue many times to the pest control company, but no relief yet.

    Rishi Trehan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates