13 Apr, 2024 @ 10:00
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Cockroach warning in Spain: Vile bugs ‘have become resistant to insecticide’ and ‘this summer will be difficult’, warn experts

EXPERTS have warned that cockroaches ‘have become resistant to insecticide’ making this summer ‘difficult’. 

Climate change has accelerated the metabolic cycles of certain species, leading to a huge expansion of bugs across the globe. 

As well as tiger mosquitos, more cockroaches are expected in coastal areas such as Malaga. 

The Costa del Sol is the perfect breeding ground for the creatures as it has the necessary ‘shelter and food’ for reproduction. 

According to Jorge Galvan, director of the Spanish Association of Environmental Health Businesses, the conditions are ‘ideal for hatching’, meaning it will be ‘more difficult’ to control the pest. 

Speaking to SER Malaga, he explained: “Cockroaches are evolving very quickly and have become resistant to chemicals that until now could be used to combat this plague (insecticides, biocides and antimites).

“New strategies are needed. Cleanliness is the first step. It’s a question of getting scared but letting people know.”

As spring gets underway, the expert also warned that warm weather encourages insect reproduction. 

He highlighted that this season marks the first time Spain was making a tic map, to avoid the spread of the bugs through pets. 


Yzabelle Bostyn

After spending much of her childhood in Andalucia and adulthood between Barcelona and Latin America, Yzabelle has settled in the Costa del Sol to put her NCTJ & Journalism Masters to good use. She is particularly interested in travel, vegan food and has been leading the Olive Press Nolotil campaign. Have a story? email [email protected]

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