Cockroach outbreak in South Africa

Posted on: May 3, 2023, in Blog

CropLife South Africa’s operations and stewardship manager, Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn, has issued a stern warning against using chemical products registered for agricultural purposes to combat the recent surge in German cockroach infestations in the country.

CropLife SA has warned about a near-pandemic outbreak of cockroaches in South Africa due to the wet and humid summer. German cockroaches have surged countrywide, and unhygienic conditions have contributed to the problem.ย 

Unfortunately, the surge has led to large-scale unlawful use of unregistered pesticides, which is dangerous and life-threatening. Effective control starts with proper cleaning and disposal of refuse and leftover foodstuffs. Rubbish bags must be secured in plastic bins, and floors and breeding spots disinfected with a diluted solution of sodium hypochlorite. Places that attract cockroaches include electrical appliances, cupboards, drainpipe cavities, and dark areas.

Verdoorn warned against the use of unlabelled pesticides, which could be a severe hazard and risk to people when applied indoors. The use of pesticides is regulated under the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies, and Stock Remedies Act (No. 36 of 1947), and must be done according to label instructions. Inspectors are working to clamp down on people who sell highly toxic substances, such as pure dichlorvos.

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