Manama Central Market traders plead for intense pest control as rats run amok | THE DAILY TRIBUNE
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Hundreds of rats constantly breeding their new generations are making hell on the Kingdom’s largest fruit and vegetable market. The rodent battalion claims ownership of everything from almonds to melons and tomatoes to apples, sources say.
Traders in the fruit and vegetable sales area of Manama Central Market say they have been forced to rent warehouses outside the market to keep vegetables and fruit safe for fear of rodent attacks.
“The market is closed every day at 4 p.m. and opens around 2 a.m. the next morning. And during these ten hours, I can say that it is under the domination of rodents, hundreds of them digging holes in the bags of fruits and vegetables.
I really wonder where these hundreds of them come from? a greengrocer at the market told the Daily Tribune. “Authorities should immediately carry out an operation here to clean the market of rodent pests, which should be followed by regular checks by pest control companies.
“Our frequent calls have fallen on deaf ears. Rodent infestation is a big problem since this is the largest fruit and vegetable market, from where fruits and vegetables are transported to small retail stores across the Kingdom. He added that the rodent headache has become the biggest crisis he has faced since he started selling vegetables and fruits at the market in 1997.
“Anyone would find it hard to believe! I lose at least 20 BD a day to rodent attacks and every vegetable or fruit seller in this market is a similar victim. Just calculate the thousands of dinars that we lose together every month, and that also immediately after the two difficult years of the pandemic.
“They are reproducing rapidly, as far as I know, and if they are not resolved, an infestation crisis of enormous intensity should affect the market. We will have to close this for several days, which will perhaps lead to huge losses.
He said the market is a place where food items are sold. “We need 100% hygiene here. And as we know, rodents and hygiene are separate continents. According to health experts, the accumulation of rodent droppings can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans.
Once the feces become dry, they can be dangerous to those who breathe them in. Additionally, rodent droppings can spread diseases and viruses, including hantavirus, bubonic plague, salmonellosis, and rat bite fever.
Lack of cleanliness
Another trader said that the lack of cleanliness in the market should be seen as the main reason for the rodent attack. “Previously, regular cleaning activities were carried out twice a week at the market. Now they only do it once a week and more often than not they do it for the sake of it.
“I’m sure even the pest control teams will need days to devise strategies to deal with the situation, which has really gotten out of control. We maintain our own stores with additional staff. I don’t know if anyone would like to address the ordeal we are going through. »