I’m a celebrity campmate ‘ready for a cockroach and spider infestation’ in Australia amid storm chaos

“The big one is the mosquitoes! I’m a celebrity campmate ready to deal with a ‘cockroach and spider infestation’ as rat numbers also surge in Australia amid storm chaos

  • Ecology experts have admitted seeing a ‘massive increase’ in cockroaches in Australia amid the chaos of the ongoing storm
  • One has warned that ‘mosquitoes’ are the main concern in the summer Down Under, which starts in December and ends in February
  • Others have reported that rats and spiders have increased in number
  • ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline

The insects thrive in moist and humid conditions, which helps to increase the number of spawners.

And according to multiple reports, the I’m a Celebrity campmates are set to deal with an infestation of cockroaches and spiders, while rat numbers have also spiked in Australia amid the chaos of the ongoing storm.

Environmental experts have admitted seeing a ‘massive increase’ in cockroaches, while one warned ‘mosquitoes’ are the main concern in the summer Down Under, which starts in December and ends in February .

Yikes: Reports say I’m a Celebrity campmates are set to deal with an infestation of cockroaches and spiders, while rat numbers have also spiked in Australia amid ongoing storm chaos

According The mirroran Australian headline this week described an “explosion” of cockroaches with others warning that rats and spiders have increased in number.

Professor Dieter Hochuli, who leads the University of Sydney’s Integrative Ecology Group, told the publication: ‘The big issue that is causing a lot of concern for this coming summer is mosquitoes.

“Their biology is dependent on available water and higher temperatures mean they will be able to reproduce quickly once the weather warms up.

“The public health risks are significant and it will be an important summer to cover up and wear repellent. This moist environment really helps insects deal with one of the biggest threats that is drying out.

Oh dear!  Experts admitted seeing a 'massive increase' in cockroaches, while one warned 'mosquitoes' were the main concern (pictured: Vernon Kay in 2020)

Oh dear! Experts admitted seeing a ‘massive increase’ in cockroaches, while one warned ‘mosquitoes’ were the main concern (pictured: Vernon Kay in 2020)

Meanwhile, during an appearance on Channel Nine News, Pest2Kill director Julian Bracewell said: ‘We have seen a massive increase in cockroaches. I think we are heading into new territory because we have never had so much rain.

‘The presence of La Nina here creates quite a fertile environment. It is because of this that we have seen an increase in insect farming.

ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Cruel?  In 2019, I'm A Celebrity came under fire from viewers after dozens of cockroaches were crushed to death during the show's Bushtucker trial.

Cruel? In 2019, I’m A Celebrity came under fire from viewers after dozens of cockroaches were crushed to death during the show’s Bushtucker trial.

In 2019, I Am A Celebrity came under fire from viewers after dozens of cockroaches were crushed to death during the show’s Bushtucker trial.

Viewers slammed the ITV show after comedian Andrew Maxwell was left with insect remains stuck to his hands, neck and face.

Charities, meanwhile, called the show’s animal exploitation ‘tired, sticky and moronic’ and said there would be ‘mass public outcry and disgust’ if the harmed animals had been cute or domesticated.

An IAC spokesperson told MailOnline at the time: ‘As a production, I’m A Celebrity complies with all regional and national laws regarding the use of insects, animals and reptiles.

“We keep the RSPCA NSW informed of all our activities at the show and they have an open invitation to visit the site at any time.

“At each of the Bushtucker trials that feature animals or insects, we have qualified and experienced animal handlers on site.”

Shocked: Viewers were disgusted after watching Andrew with hundreds and hundreds of cockroaches poured into a giant plexiglass helmet

Shocked: Viewers were disgusted after watching Andrew with hundreds and hundreds of cockroaches poured into a giant plexiglass helmet

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