Cockroach infestations found at Sacramento-area school and a local taco chain, reports say

Two more Sacramento County establishments were ordered to close in the past week due to cockroaches, according to county health inspection reports, including a Rio Linda school cafeteria and a Jimboy’s Tacos.

Both locations have since passed reinspection. The closures follow the reopening of T.H.A.I. The House of Authentic Ingredients, an East Sacramento eatery, which also was closed this month due to an infestation.

“It’s pretty uncommon for restaurants to fail an inspection with major violations,” said Ken Casparis, a spokesman for the Environmental Management Department, in an email to The Bee. “We see about 97% of all restaurants pass their inspections with a green placard, and only about 1% of restaurants are forced to close temporarily.”

Sacramento County conducts around 14,000 health inspections a year, Casparis said.

Inspection report details

Below are the details for the most recent closures in Sacramento County, according to the EMD inspection reports.

Jimboy’s Tacos

Jimboy’s Tacos at 5085 Stockton Blvd. was closed from Sept. 20 to Sept. 25 due to a “cockroach infestation.” The Saturday report found three live cockroaches and four dead, two of which were found “inside the salsa bar.” It failed three inspections before reopening.

The Monday inspection report stated that no live cockroaches were found in the facility and “gaps and holes” had been sealed. The restaurant’s license was reinstated.

Representatives from Jimboy’s did not immediately respond to The Bee’s request for comment. A call to the location was not answered.

Dry Creek Elementary School

This week, an inspector found a dozen live German cockroaches and multiple dead ones at Dry Creek Elementary School at 1230 G St. in Rio Linda, a Monday report states.

The kitchen at the school was temporarily closed Monday afternoon to “treat the kitchen area for insects discovered during the inspection,” said Zenobia J. Gerald, Communications Director at Twin Rivers Unified School District, in an email to The Bee.

“The district is working diligently to resolve the issue by pouring enzymes into floor drains and adding steel mesh coverings. In addition, pest control is respraying the entire kitchen area with products approved by the EPA,” Gerald said.

The most recent inspection has not been posted on the Environmental Management Department website, but the school kitchen passed its inspection Tuesday morning, Gerald said.

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