How Does the Pest Control Department Work?

The Pest Control Department comes under the Insecticides Branch of MCGM. All the duties decided by the Insecticides Officers are executed by the respective Ward’s Pest Control Officer (P.C.O.). The main duty of the department is to control vector (mosquito breeding responsible for malaria) and destroy the breeding spots.

For this, The Pest Control Department comes under Assistant Commissioner of the respective wards.


The Duties of the Pest Control Department are:

  • To plan and design the control of pesticides and insecticides.
  • To control and monitor the methods for the control of mosquitoes and rodents.
  • To undertake anti-fly treatmentsduring the monsoons.
  • To plan the fumigation forthe whole ward.
  • To take action against private premises, namely through inspection, issue of notices, and insecticide treatments.
  • To take necessary action for the control of communicable diseasesand malaria.
  • To implement the National Malaria Eradication programme.
  • To undertake anti fileria work wherever necessary.
  • To ensure the necessary stock of insecticides is maintained.
  • To attend to the complaints of citizens in a timely manner.
  • To do all work pertaining to the department including paper work.
  • To supervise all the work of employees under the Pest Control Officer, and to take necessary action whenever required.


Workings of Pest Control Department:

In order to control malaria, fileria, dengue fever, leptospirosis, plague etc., the Pest Control Dept. undertakes control measures for mosquitoes, flies and rodents.

  • The Junior Overseer (J.O.) and labourers working under the J.O. should detect the breeding spots of mosquitoes and treat them with suitable insecticides.
  • The D.S.I. along with labourers treats all the garbage bins, garbage heaps, and markets.
  • The Junior Overseer provides Rat Traps to societies
  • Poison baiting is done by labourers.
  • F.S.I. – Fumigation is done at all the hutments and other areas and places where malaria and dengue are prevalent.
  • If earthquakes, flooding, or other natural disasters occur; extra labourers and materials are brought in to control and prevent outbreaks of malaria, plague, leptospirosis, dengue, and other deadly diseases.


Source: This information was obtained from the MCGM