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Black cockroaches drawn on city walls have become iconic representations of pest control services. In a city with demonstrably poor standards of hygiene and cleanliness, industry has become an indispensable part of life in Dhaka

November 08, 2022, 11:15 a.m.

Last modification: November 08, 2022, 11:18 a.m.

Zia Uddin traveled the pest cleaning industry for a decade before opening her own business Noha Pest Control Service in 2019. Currently, there are more than 50 pest control service companies in the capital. Photo: Noor-A-Alam

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Zia Uddin traveled the pest cleaning industry for a decade before opening her own business Noha Pest Control Service in 2019. Currently, there are more than 50 pest control service companies in the capital. Photo: Noor-A-Alam

Zia was reading a book while he waited for me. It was a book about the war of liberation. For a while I felt a bit confused because it didn’t quite look like a pest cleaner.

A smiling face with tired but bright eyes, Zia Uddin, glanced at me and probably read the confusion evident on my face, he joked, “I don’t blame you. With a Masters in Philosophy, even sometimes I can’t believe I’m cleaning termites and cockroaches.”

Over the next 90 minutes, Zia talked about his craft, how he got into it, his analysis of current malfeasance in misting and city building, and also unsurprisingly, his study of pests and the chemicals that kill them.

Zia navigated the pest cleaning industry for a decade before opening his own company Noha pest control service in 2019. And over the past 10 years, he has attended several training sessions on pest control and pest control. technical applications of pesticides.

Currently, there are more than 50 pest control service companies in the capital such as Zia. I’m sure you must have come across black cockroaches and pests drawn on city walls, which are advertisements with pest control company contact numbers.

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

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Photo: Noor-A-Alam

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

These pest control companies typically provide services to control bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, rodents, and ants. Recently, a few companies also deal with mosquitoes to prevent dengue fever. But according to service providers, a number of companies are not certified. And they haven’t even received proper security training.

Science is more exciting than you think

Each type of pest requires specific drugs. For example, the insecticide imidacloprid is used to kill bedbugs because it causes paralysis and eventual death of the insect, while Fipronil 0.05% gel is used to kill cockroaches.

For mosquitoes, these are Phostoxin aluminum phosphide tablets. And the scientific part of this work is the solution, or the soluble drug concentration.

“Depending on the colony of pests or their degree of reproduction or spread, the drug solution differs. So, in 10 liters of water, the concentration of the drug can vary from 5 ml to 17 ml,” Abdur Rouf said. , director of United Pest Control.

The cost mainly depends on the type of pest and the size of the apartment. Additionally, different pests can be worked at a particular time of day.

For a standard apartment under 2,000 square feet, pest cleaners may charge 2,000 Tk for cockroaches, ants and 2,500 Tk for bedbugs, 3,000 Tk for rodents and 3,500 Tk for termites .

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

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Photo: Noor-A-Alam

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

And for apartments and residences over 2,000 square feet, the price is set per square foot. “For termites and bed bugs it’s Tk 3 per square foot. And for cockroaches the amount is Tk 1 per square foot,” Rouf said.

Termites are the most dangerous, so it takes longer to apply chemicals to them, said AJ Khan, marketing manager for MCP Idea, another pest control service provider and pest control training provider. That’s why it takes five to six hours to exterminate termites, while cockroaches and bed bugs need three to four hours of base spray or gel application, according to Khan.

“We are frequently hired by restaurants and hotels”

We contacted Adda, a restaurant franchise in Dhanmondi. On condition of anonymity, one of their employees said he had to call the pest cleaners every two or three months. After the restaurant is closed at night, the pest cleaner comes and sprays some cleaning medicine to keep it working overnight, and the next day the premises are ready for operation.

“The reason why hotels and restaurants often need pest control services is that they buy groceries in bulk. And the cockroaches stay in the bags of potatoes, onions, in the envelopes eggs,” Zia explained.

Then the most unbeatable – termites – which live underground. They can appear at any time, especially during or after the monsoon. Pest control experts therefore suggest applying medication every one or two years.

“Pest control or prevention is very neglected in our country. During the training, we were taught that pest control drugs must be applied or the soil must be cured before a building is constructed, because termites attack [invasion] can reduce the life of a building by up to 20%. But unfortunately, these practices are not followed in Bangladesh,” Zia said.

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

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Photo: Noor-A-Alam

Photo: Noor-A-Alam

So, while applying termite pesticides, they spray both inside and around the perimeter of the building. In this way, the building is protected for five to six years.

“Most of the pest cleaners in town aren’t properly licensed and don’t have a good idea of ​​what they’re working with,” said MCP Idea marketing manager AJ Khan, who pointed to current fumigation. dengue fever prevention that we so often see around us now. When not done correctly, it can be extremely dangerous, Khan said.

“In training, we were taught that this [dengue-preventive fumigation] should be done in places where there is no one around. But look around, it’s being sprayed in public places,” said Zia, owner of Noha Pest Control Service.

Additionally, AJ Khan said that proper training is needed to get into the business. “You have to handle toxic chemicals, so it’s very important that you know the equipment and the safety measures.”

And then certification is an issue here. On condition of anonymity, a pest cleaner said that you need to have two licenses to start a pest control business, one from the municipality and the other from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

“But it’s a long process. And four years ago, when I was wearing myself out with frequent visits to the Department of Agriculture, I saw that a licensing approval officer had his own license. and in return for a certain percentage, he lent his license to some big companies to import chemicals and pesticides,” he said.

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