Increase in calls to remove snakes from residential areas, says pest control firm Rentokil

Increase in calls to remove snakes from residential areas, says pest control firm Rentokil
Published: 16 April 2019 - 7:30 a.m.
By: Evan Real

The recent lengthy rain spells have led to an increase of flora and fauna in the UAE.

Local daily The National has said that wildlife specialists are reporting an increase in calls to remove snakes from residential areas as native species thrived in the cool wet winter.

Pest control firm Rentokil has sought specialist training for its pest controllers in the skills required to safely remove the reptiles from homes.

Although the animals are relatively rare, snake and reptile experts have reported an increase in numbers this year.

Vegetation has thrived in desert areas because of the weather, leading to more insects, small mammals and birds, which are prey for snakes.

“There have been several cases recently where we have been called out following someone’s trip to the desert, and they have brought back something with them unknowingly,” Dinesh Ramachandran, technical and safety, health and environment manager at Rentokil in Dubai told The National.

“Our staff have been trained by a herpetologist as we were not really capable of handling snakes, and we are receiving more calls about them.

“Now we have a specialist team, trained to deal with these cases. They know which snakes are venomous and how to deal with them.”

According to the UK’s Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, about five million people are bitten by snakes every year, with 125,000 of them proving fatal.

But bites in the UAE are rare, with fewer than five wild viper attacks reported in the country this century.

Most snake call-outs are to deal with sand boas, venomous vipers, grass snakes and smooth snakes.

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