Cockroaches have an annoying way of finding the best (and sweetest) foods. Perhaps that's why it's no surprise that these disgusting vermin made their home in a pair of ice cream parlors this summer and forced them to shut down temporarily.
The first instance occurred on July 7th in Seminole Heights at a locally owned ice cream shop known as "Bo's Ice Cream Parlour." This shop, open ever since 1954, had to close down after an invasion of roaches made it too unsanitary to eat there. Thankfully, the owners were able to remove them, clean up the place and open it back up.
A week later, Haagen-Dazs ice cream parlor in a Tampa Bay mall food court was forced to shut down when roaches were found everywhere. Again, the closing was only temporary, but it probably drove a lot of customers away from the shop.
So why were these roaches so prevalent in these shops? There are several reasons.
First of all, roaches, like all insects, are attracted to sweet foods. Undoubtedly, they detected these epicenters of ice cream sweetness and found their way there.
Secondly, roaches are incredibly quick breeders and great hiders. One roach can give birth to hundreds of nymphs, which can quickly start breeding their own offspring as quickly as a few months.
And with their natural predilection towards hiding in dark areas, there's no surprise they bred in secrecy until the problem was out of control.
That's why you need to call a pest control specialist as soon as possible if you expect your home has been invaded by these creatures.