The Indian Pest Control Association (IPCA) , the apex body of pest control professionals in the country has warned Mumbai residents of coming vector bourne and rodent infested monsoon ailments .
“In Mumbai Mosquito-borne diseases are common in the monsoon but increase in rodent related infection leptospirosis is a major concern, To prevent leptospirosis we urge people not to venture into puddles, muddy grounds or water ponds formed due to incessant rains. Rodents are responsible for leptospirosis infection.The civic body BMC should wake up to prevent water logging and control rat menace in the city ” said Mr Jaldhi Trivedi, President, Indian Pest Control Association (IPCA).
“During the monsoons the possible health risks associated with pests such as cockroaches, rodents, mosquitoes and flies increase in Mumbai mainly due to water logging “said Mr Trivedi.
Some of the suggestion made by IPCA to contain the pest menace during the coming monsoons in Mumbai include Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters to help reduce biting mosquito populations. Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes. Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house. Overhanging branches can act as highways into the home. And Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.