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Irish Food Industry Susceptible To Increased Insect Infestation

There was a 69% increase in the number of cockroach infestations reported in Ireland last year (2016), compared to the same period in 2015, according to new data released from pest control company Rentokil. The said data show the highest growth in ten years.

This is attributed the growing popularity of imported foods, which poses the greatest risk for pest-infestations, as the variety of cuisine available in the Irish food sector and restaurants has grown over the last decade.

Also, an increase in foreign travel as well as Ireland's warmer weather conditions in Ireland last year, could also be contributing factors.

According to Dr. Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager at Rentokil UK, Ireland and the Baltics, “We have seen continued increase in the number of cockroach-related call outs and enquiries in commercial and residential premises. 2016 was the twelfth consecutive year that we have seen the number of call outs and enquiries grow, so it is vital that those working in the hospitality sector look out for the signs of the public health pests. Cockroaches pose a clear risk to human health and we all have a responsibility to be vigilant to signs of an infestation.”

The data also highlights that two thirds of all cockroach-infestion reports were located in Dublin.

© 2017 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern

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