Roach infestation shuts down Zocalo restaurant on Country Club P - KCTV5

Roach infestation shuts down Zocalo restaurant on Country Club Plaza

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Zocalo is one of the several establishments in the Kansas City area that's been cited for violations because of cockroaches. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV5 News) Zocalo is one of the several establishments in the Kansas City area that's been cited for violations because of cockroaches. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Zocalo is one of the several establishments in the Kansas City area that's been cited for violations because of cockroaches.

Last week's rain followed by hot weather created perfect conditions for the pests, and now the Country Club Plaza restaurant will have to stay closed for a few days.

The doors to Zocalo are closed with only a few workers inside the Mexican-American restaurant all because of a health inspection that Naser Jouhari says revealed unwanted six-legged guests.

"The health inspector noticed live activity throughout the restaurant," said Jouhari, a senior public health manager at the Kansas City Health Department.

Jouhari says spotting even a few roaches during the day can signal a much bigger problem.

"Usually, if you see roach activity during the daytime there's a major infestation. There are many more hiding behind the wall," he said.

The health department is closing Zocalo until the roaches are eliminated.

"Their legs and body can carry bacteria that can cause diseases," Jouhari said.

The sudden closure of an established Plaza restaurant surprised many visitors to the district.

"It's a little unsettling just because everyone has the disposition that roaches are gross," visitor Alex Fox said.

Fox and Tricia O'Sullivan enjoy the restaurant.

"I understand that it happens. I'm sure the pressure is on to get it taken care of," O'Sullivan said.

The owner of Zocalo, Chris Ridler, sent KCTV5 News this statement:

"We had some significant flooding in the last two weeks with brush creek backing up. With this it brought unwanted pests. We are demolishing and remodeling  all areas in the basement that were affected by this to fully remediate the problem." 

The health department says the best way to prevent or get rid of roaches in your own home is to clean up any spilled food or liquid and sanitize your counters and floors. They say roaches can survive off just a few crumbs.

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