New Zealand’s largest attraction has been added to a list of places that can attract cockroches.
Auckland Zoo has announced that its famous cockroach infestation has been removed.
The zoo said the removal of the infestation was “part of a plan to minimise the risk of cockroach-related illnesses”.
“We have removed the infestations of two species of cockrochaeid and removed the roach-ridden cages and enclosures at the zoo to ensure that the roaches do not become re-infected with the second species,” the zoo said in a statement.
The removal was made in response to a health risk assessment carried out in 2017 by New Zealand Department of Health, the zoo added.”
This strategy is in line with the NZ Government’s ongoing approach to reducing the spread of cockrodent disease in New Zealand.”
The removal was made in response to a health risk assessment carried out in 2017 by New Zealand Department of Health, the zoo added.
It said that the removal was not due to any health problems caused by cockroaching, but was due to the removal and disinfection of cock bugs.
“We are pleased to see that cockroach eradication efforts in New South Wales have been successful,” the statement said.
The zoo has not yet announced the number of cockrot infestants removed from the zoo, but said that it expected that number to grow over time.
“It is a difficult issue to eradicate and it requires a lot of resources and collaboration to manage this type of population reduction,” the group said.
“In New Zealand, the cockroach control effort has been quite successful and is one of the reasons why our visitor numbers have remained high.”
The cockroach infection in New York has also been reduced from 2,500 to about 800,000 since the beginning of 2018.