Restaurants in Miami seem to be fighting a never ending battle with one of the worst pests to invest our planet, and that’s cockroaches.
Lots and lots of them.
According to Vice, more than fourty one restaurants in the city have been cited for roach infestations in the month of March alone. And out of those fourty one facilities cited by officials, eight of them were subjected to immediate emergency shutdown orders.
This follows a round of ciations and closings when thirty one restaurants in Miami were cited for roaches at the end of January this year, during this period two restaurants were shut down.
Of those reviewed and cited, Ventura Restaurant was reported to be the most severely infested, with inspectors discovering “approximately 100 live roaches walking on plates stored on shelves by three-compartment sink in the kitchen area.”
According to the Miami Herald, “Catering to Kids,” which specializes in food for the younger set, was caught multiple times with the bugs. They were closed on Feb. 17 after “approximately 35 live roaches” were found. Those cockroaches were discovered on the kitchen floor, underneath sinks, inside an oven and behind a table used for food prep.
And even though they were closed for it, more roach activity was discovered in checks of the restauraunt on Feburary nineteeth, twentyeth, and twenty first.
And at North Miami Beach’s Island Delight Pizzeria, the cockroaches were literally climbing the walls.
According to The Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, the establishment had “approximately 40 to 50 live roaches” on a wall over a preparation table and five roaches crawling on another wall inside the kitchen.
And despite this almost biblical infestation of bugs, officials of the city have yet to find out what the cause of the roach infestation is.