A 'smart' system is expected to help Dubai crack down on rodent infestations.
Dubai Municipality's (DM) pest control section, part of the agency's Public Health Services Department, has rolled out the "alternative pest control method".
'Smart traps' being used by the DM section ensure that rodents are controlled using "sensor technology and electric shock, instead of traditional methods of controlling rodents".
Eng Hisham Abdulrahman Al Yahya, head of DM's pest control section, said the device installed on the smart trap in the field would send text messages and emails "continuously to the control team" of his unit.
These notifications would be triggered immediately after rodents have entered the trap, and "the text message will include the number and location of the trap, and the number of rodents".
In a statement, Yahya explained: "[The] smart trap will help to reduce the expenses in the fight against rodents and pests, and will also contribute to the preservation of the environment save time and effort in the follow-up of the traps all over the emirate.
"The smart message from the trap is enough to know the location of the trap, and [carry out] disposal in a proper manner before decomposition and without the pest control workers [having] to make periodic inspections of the traps."
Al Yahya said the Public Health Services Department was circulating these smart traps throughout the emirate.