UK tourists in Spain warned over 'super-cockroaches' after 'genetic mutations'

UK tourists in Spain have been warned over "genetically hardened super-cockroaches" this summer. Environmental association Anecpla has warned of potential roach infestations and experts say higher temperatures and genetic mutations are to blame.

"A summer of significant cockroach infestations is approaching," said general director of the Anecpla, Jorge Galván. "The increase in temperatures as a result of climate change is causing insects like bedbugs or cockroaches, in this case, exponentially accelerate their life cycle."

"The heat arrives in the middle of spring and does not end until well into autumn, so cockroach populations have only expanded," said Jorge. "Of course, environmental health professionals evaluate the cost-benefit that exists depending on the situation and we give preference whenever possible to physical and biological measures over chemical ones," said the Anecpla boss.

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"But when there is no other possible solution for the adequate control of a pest such as, in this case, cockroaches, its use is essential." Spanish environmental association Anecpla has said higher temperatures and genetic mutations are the reason for possible roach infestations.

Anecpla has recommended maintaining cleanliness, avoiding water leaks, sealing cracks and holes and using rubbish containers with tight lids to avoid a roach invasion. He said: "One of the greatest risks posed by cockroaches is the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses capable of transmitting important diseases to people.

"An especially important problem within the food industry, given that these insects act as reservoirs for bacteria and viruses that they spread due to their unhealthy habits and the places they live." According to Spanish news outlet La Razon, so far this year, the country's authorities have reported a significant rise in cockroach plague.

That is up by 33 per cent compared to the rate in 2023, UK holidaymakers and tourists jetting off abroad have been urgently warned.