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Effective pest control is key to summer safety<p>​​The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health Department is ramping up its efforts to help control pests and associated diseases this summer.<br> <br>With the onset of the warmer weather, pests like flies, cockroaches, mice and rats are multiplying as a result of the favourable breeding conditions. While pests are an inconvenience that affects most households, they can also introduce potentially harmful diseases if not managed properly.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/rat3.jpg" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Cockroaches that make their way from the stormwater and sewer systems are a familiar sight around the city. While the cockroaches themselves do not pose any risk to humans, they are able to spread disease as a result of bacteria picked up in the stormwater and sewer systems should they come into contact with food. <br> <br>Flies are another common sight with similar risks. A single female fly can lay up to 600 eggs in organic or decaying matter like wet food waste, compost heaps, animal faeces etc., from which maggots hatch within 48 hours. The maggots then pupate and the adult flies emerge. Flies spread diseases such as dysentery and gastro-enteritis.  <br> <br>There is also a risk of diseases like leptospirosis which is transmitted by rodents. <br> <br>‘Household pests are a reality for all of us. While we might not be able to eliminate them completely, I do urge residents to be mindful of how they manage their waste – especially in the warmer months. Flies, cockroaches and rodents flourish in waste, so I appeal to the public to consider how and where they’re disposing of household waste. Hand-washing also becomes even more important. We can’t assume that it’s second nature to everyone, yet it is one of the simplest ways of preventing the spread of germs,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/rat2.jpg" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <ul><li>A number of City departments are involved in pest management. Transport for Cape Town (TCT) fumigates the drainage infrastructure, the Human Settlements Directorate provides fumigation services to rental stock residences, and City Health is tasked with education and awareness, referring complaints and concerns to the relevant departments, rodent-baiting in informal settlements and some public spaces, and managing the increase in diarrhoea cases over the warmer months. <br> <br>City Health is also one of several parties involved in curbing the sale and use of illegal pesticides. Trade in such pesticides tends to flourish over this period as residents try to mitigate against the impact of household pests. More information on the illegal pesticide trade is available here: <a href="https://tinyurl.com/gtc5pfy">https://tinyurl.com/gtc5pfy</a><br> <br>The City encourages the public to follow these tips to deter pests: <br>• Seal wet kitchen waste in plastic bags before disposing of it in your bin or black bags<br>• Store your bags and bins in a cool place<br>• Keep your bins closed at all times to prevent flies from entering <br>• Wash and disinfect your bin after every removal<br>• Keep your refuse bags out of reach of animals<br>• Collect and dispose of animal faeces on a daily basis<br>• Do not litter and dump refuse on open spaces</li></ul><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/bating%20station.jpg" style="width:574px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure><p>‘We also call on communities to take ownership of their surrounding areas to prevent the spread of vectors and disease. We do ongoing education and outreach work, but it means everyone needs to work together. Understand that your actions, or inaction as the case may be, will not only put your household at risk, but also your neighbours. Work together to find solutions that will improve everyone’s quality of life,’ added Councillor Mamkeli.<br> <br>Residents can report any environmental health risks or concerns to the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089 or visit their nearest clinic or Environmental Health office. Private homeowners can also seek advice from the Environmental Health Department. <br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>​​</span>​</span></span>2016-12-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3cfad001-7554-4cf4-9cf6-282ede858af0;L0|#03cfad001-7554-4cf4-9cf6-282ede858af0|pest control;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d;L0|#00b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d|Clinics;GP0|#39fd2cc6-ed53-49ea-8df7-9df463bd695f;L0|#039fd2cc6-ed53-49ea-8df7-9df463bd695f|household pests;GPP|#3cfad001-7554-4cf4-9cf6-282ede858af01

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