A man has been arrested for releasing hundreds of cockroaches in the town of Etten-Leur in August and may face charges of causing a public nuisance, Nos television reports.
The insects, which are not poisonous but can spread bacteria, were meant as food for his reptile collection. At one point, the man had so many cockroaches he decided to let them go in a green space near his home.
The man, who was not named, had not thought about the consequences of letting the cockroaches go and is very sorry for what happened, Nos said. As well as criminal charges, he may also be billed for the clean-up operation.