Ridding region of cockroaches
Council jumps into action on the subject of insects
RESIDENTS throughout the region with a phobia of cockroaches can sleep easier with the knowledge Maranoa Regional Council has been combating insect populations in sewers.
The extermination program has started in all towns that have reticulated sewerage systems and is expected to take five weeks to complete.
Councillor David Schefe said the program was part of an annual council-mandated treatment process for cockroaches.
“We have a regular program that is budgeted for controlling cockroaches in the sewerage system,” he said.
“We’ve seen a small spike in numbers, only because we didn’t do it last year due to other programs that were keeping us busy.”
Council workers will access manholes across town to fumigate the sewerage system. The pesticide is effective on cockroaches but poses minimal risk to humans or pets.
Town sewer lines will receive the most attention and relief from cockroaches as part of the annual relief.
Towns such as Amby, Injune, Mitchell, Mungallala, Roma and Surat will have contractors fumigating into sewer manholes.
Spike’s Pest Control owner Tania Beck attributed a marked increase in calls for cockroach eradication this summer, to increased humidity, as well as consistent hot and dry weather.
Council will access manholes to rid the roaches.