Rats, spiders and cockroaches thrive after earthquake
The number of pests in Chile has gone through the roof, causing up to 70 percent increased demand for pest control services. The most unwanted houseguests are rats, cockroaches and spiders.
President of the Chilean Association of Pest Control Companies (Achicpla), Juan Carlos Acuña, said that in the months before the winter there is usually an increase in the presence of rodents, which “migrate” from patios and gardens to the houses to keep warm.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Laura completed her degree in Journalism and English in late 2008 before putting her academic qualifications to good use writing drink orders and bartending for the better part of 2009. Following a whim and the idealistic notion that South America would be a fun place to hone her writing skills, Laura booked a flight to Chile, and arrived at the Santiago Times four weeks later. She now thoroughly enjoys the journalistic fodder thriving in this land of natural disasters, shoddy buses and uncertified tour guides. When not reporting on the bizarre or dramatic, Laura revels in the nocturnal Chilean lifestyle, mountain hiking trails and quality Sauvignon Blanc.