The Institute for Biocides and Medical Ecology, in cooperation with the Secretariat for Environmental Protection, is implementing a program of monitoring, estimating the number and determination of rodent species as part of preventive measures to protect the health of the population from vector-borne infectious diseases in Belgrade.
Expert teams of the Institute for Biocides and Medical Ecology monitor rodents in sixteen Belgrade municipalities, on the areas provided for in the monitoring plan and expert forecasts of rodent occurrence and activity.

Method of monitoring

Rodent monitoring is carried out twice a year:
– In the period February-March
– In the period September-October
Site planning for the tour
Monitoring the city of Belgrade implies a detailed tour of all city municipalities. Special attention is paid to hotspots identified in previous years, as well as unhygienic settlements.

Each municipality visits:
– Housing stock
– Public areas
– Market surroundings
– The surroundings of the facilities where food is traded
– Environment of polluted canals
– River banks
– Wild landfill environment
– Unhygienic settlements

The field trip includes:
– Determining the condition of the terrain around the buildings
(cracks, active holes, hygiene).
– Statement of the condition of the building itself (hygiene, presence of water, cracks in the walls, floors).
– Tour of the basement (follow the date when the last time the facility was deratized, where the baits were placed and whether they were consumed, the presence of feces and urine of rodents, the presence of nests.
– Tour of public areas
– Determining the existence of active holes
– Water level on the rivers
– Survey of citizens living in the area