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Pest Control

New Delhi abandons its langur monkey 'protection squad'

The large black-faced langur monkeys have been on guard for decades to keep out armies of smaller rhesus monkeys that plague Delhi, protecting events like the 2010 Commonwealth Games and visiting foreign dignitaries, and keeping order in the hallowed halls of parliament.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 6:05am

Australian redback spiders spread their legs across Japan

The discovery of a poisonous redback spider in the city of Kawasaki has prompted a warning from Japan's Ministry of the Environment that the invasive arachnids are gaining a firmer foothold across the nation.

Native to Australia, the first redbacks in Japan were found close to Osaka port in 1995, and it is believed they arrived aboard a freight ship from Down Under.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:33pm

Bad buzz around mosquito repellents

Electronic mosquito repellents that use ultrasonic or sonic waves to repel the pests have little or no effect, a study by the Consumer Council has found.

The consumer watchdog is urging members of the public not to rely on such devices alone and to use established mosquito repellents, such as coils and sprays, instead.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Warning over risk posed by pesticides

Potentially dangerous pesticides are being sprayed around schools, homes and parks in Hong Kong without adequate controls, industry experts and a legislator warn.

Hundreds of pest control firms spray public and private land in the summer to control mosquitoes and weeds, but there is no official licensing system to regulate operators as there is in many countries.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Spray away unwanted intruders

Getting rid of pests from your home by buying a chemical spray is not a hard task, but the procedure takes patience and caution.

'While buying the chemical spray, make sure none of the people living in the house is allergic to the ingredients,' says George Chow, chief operating officer at Rentokil Initial Hong Kong's pest control division.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Pest management beats the bugs

Bugs, say pest control experts, can make us very sick. Cockroaches spread germs associated with a host of illnesses from gastroenteritis and conjunctivitis to urinary tract infections, wound infections and meningitis. Rat fleas can transmit bubonic plague. Mosquitoes spread dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. Bedbugs cause welts, swelling and sometimes allergic reactions.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Unwanted guests

What you need to know when choosing a pest control company

Surprisingly for an industry that can disperse toxic chemicals in and around schools, homes, restaurants and businesses on a daily basis, laws in Hong Kong do not require pest control operators or companies to be licensed.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Rat eradication project moved up, expanded

The latest effort to rid Hong Kong of rats will start earlier and last longer than originally planned.

Hygiene chiefs said yesterday that they would move the start of the next phase of the rodent eradication programme from July to May and extend it to seven weeks from the four in the original plan.

The first phase ended in January.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A tail of two cities

Andrew Sze Wai-chun reckons he caught a kindred spirit red-handed - or pink-pawed - in his kitchen the other night. The 35-year-old teacher switched on the light, and there was a rat, as big as a cat, on his countertop.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Almost 4,500 complaints received about mosquitoes

A total of 4,477 complaints about mosquitoes were lodged with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in the first six months of the year.

The figure was revealed by Yuen Ming-chi, the department's pest control officer-in-charge as he spoke on two radio talk shows yesterday morning about the city's mosquito problem.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am