Rid­ding re­gion of cock­roaches

Coun­cil jumps into ac­tion on the sub­ject of in­sects

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Coun­cil will ac­cess man­holes to rid the roaches.

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