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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Four tips for using pesticides safely in Qatar

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

As the hotter weather drives more insects indoors, Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) doctors are advising Qatar residents to take care when using chemicals to get rid of these pests.

The toxicity in pesticides can hurt the brain and nervous system, or cause fertility problems or increase the risk of certain cancers if inhaled, absorbed through the skin or consumed, said Dr. Saad Abdulfattah Al Nuaimi, senior emergency room consultant.

He offers this advice for those using pesticides at home:

  • Read the label. The directions on usage will help reduce risk while helping you get rid of the insects plaguing your home. Products’ labels should also be checked for an Environment Protection Agency (EPA) registration number, which helps ensure quality control. And finally, labels will mention the types of dangers associated with using the product, and warn you if gloves or goggles must be used, or if kids or pets should stay away from treated areas.
  • Exercise caution when using the product. Remove contact lenses before handling pesticides, and wash hands and body parts that come into contact with the pesticide after using, including under the fingernails. Never eat, drink or smoke while using the chemicals, and where protective equipment if required.
  • Buy only what you need. Storage of pesticides is tricky. The chemicals should always be kept in their original containers with their labels intact, and stored in an area reserved only for pesticides.
  • Act quickly in an emergency. If a person exposed to pesticides becomes unconscious, has trouble breathing or goes into convulsions, call 999 immediately, or have someone else make the call while giving first aid. The Mayo Clinic has some tips on first aid steps, including flushing the skin/eyes with cool or lukewarm water, that can be viewed here.

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outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
7 years ago

Use pest control- chemicals are best left to trained operatives. Or go Green and just whack them- I cant I hate that noise the cockroaches make yeuch

Expat Girl
Expat Girl
7 years ago

Slow news day?

My2cents
My2cents
7 years ago

Great stock footage – thanks Isaias Lopez Maymo for putting a smile on my face with the headline image:)

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

I use Bachelor Spray! Guarenteed to keep brown men away from shopping malls and other public areas on a Friday. Illegal in 173 countries but legal in Qatar!

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You do make me chuckle…

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago

Tip No. 5 Spray it on the bugs?

AEC
AEC
7 years ago

It might help for starters if you banned the ones banned in the EU and the US…

Alaa
Alaa
7 years ago

– Point nozzle towards the insects, not your mother-in-law.
– Don’t mix with children’s milk.
– Don’t throw empty cans out of your apartment window if you’re living in the 5th floor or above.

Jaded
Jaded
7 years ago

If there are people out there who can genuinely learn something new from these tips, they’re probably not savvy enough to get online and find this article

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
7 years ago

Flush the skin/eyes with cool/Luke warm water?? At this time of year?? All the best. I burnt my hand the other day and had to run it under the water fountain in my kitchen!! Lucky the bottle was full! Xx

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