City anchor:swine flu,malaria & dengue cases up; 25-40% rise in those opting for fumigation,fogging
The frequency of fogging and fumigation at Shamarao Kalmadi High School used to be twice a year till the swine flu struck. Nowadays,the school premises are being fumigated nearly every month. We might increase or decrease the number of sessions,depending upon the situation, said principal Kamini Saxena.
Apart from those selling face masks and disinfectants,another segment that is doing brisk business owing to the swine flu are companies that are into fumigation treatment. And the customers include schools,hospitals,housing societies,offices,institutions and also industries. Fumigation involves filling an area with gaseous fumigants or pesticides that leads to death of pests. The method is also used for exported or imported goods to avoid transfer of pests.
Rahul Bhosale of Debug 360 Degree Pest Control Services says the company records a 10-12 per cent rise in number of customers every year. But after the endemic hit the city,the percentage rose from 10 to 35 per cent. That means swine flu brought about around 25 per cent rise in the number of clients. He prefers to guide his customers on myths about fumigation. I tell them that they should consider fumigation as an another hygienic measure and not as some vaccine against swine flu.
At Clean & Green Services,the growth in number of customers is 40 per cent. Apart from colleges,hostels and schools,we also get calls from builders for their under-construction projects. These projects have dug-up areas filled with water,that invite mosquitoes and other insects,thus fumigation and fogging helps, co-owner Siddharth Walke says.
While fumigating an area of around 1,000 sq ft will cost you Rs 800-Rs 1,000,spraying general disinfectant in the area costs Rs 400-Rs 500. The spurt in malaria and dengue cases are also responsible for schools,colleges and housing societies adopting fumigation as a preventive measure. I would attribute the increase in number of queries and orders to all the three diseases. In fact,not many know that fogging and fumigation are more effective in killing carriers of malaria and dengue rather than swine flu where it is absolutely non-effective, says B B Sangle of Biochem Pest Control,Hadapsar.