Cockroaches, ice cream at Scoops on Dirty Dining

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - If looking at roaches creeps you out, brace yourself.  

There was so many reported that health inspectors called the infestation excessive.  

And, as Chief Investigator Darcy Spears reports, it's at a place you'd probably take your kids.

The anticipation of a sweet treat stands in stark contrast to the images captured by health inspectors at Scoops on September 17 when the Health District visited the Thrifty ice cream parlor on Boulder Highway and Nellis.

A customer complained about "Several roaches crawling around" and inspectors found way more than several, shutting Scoops down for a cockroach infestation.

A store employee called the owner, who identified herself only as Nancy, and Darcy Spears spoke to her at length.

The owner said a colony of German roaches bombarded the whole building and she suspected it was more than just her store.

Scoops had just gotten a zero-demerit A grade a month earlier on August 17.  

The owner blamed the infestation on construction in a neighboring restaurant's kitchen.

But at Scoops, health inspectors found multi-generational roaches under the ice cream freezers, crawling on the walls, inside cabinets and under the counter ledge near the cash register.  

There were cockroach droppings on walls and excessive dead roaches on floors throughout the facility--which the owner says shows their pest control was working.

Nancy said they'd had pest control service three days earlier, but had to do more to deal with the type of roaches inspectors found.

She said her pest control company used a special chemical designed to target German roaches.

In addition to pest control, Scoops had a lot of cleaning to do.  

Sides of freezers, walls and cabinet interiors were dirty with dried ice cream residue.  

And base covering was in severe disrepair, providing a nesting spot for roaches.

Nancy said they did 48 solid hours of work to make sure they got every possible point of pest harborage.

Scoops was back to a zero-demerit A grade on September 20.

We had two other imminent health hazard closures on September 18.  

Both were shut down for operating without potable water and both are on Maryland Parkway near Twain.  

One was Little Caesars pizza, which reopened the next day with a zero-demerit A.  

The manager there said they had no comment about the closure.  

The other was Dirty Dining repeat offender Sol Tapatio, where inspectors also saw a food handler using bare hands to put cheese on ready-to-eat burritos and raw beef thawing at room temperature.

Sol Tapatio re-opened the next day with a zero-demerit A.  

We left a message, but our call for comment was not returned.

Documents from the Southern Nevada Health District

Scoops complaint report

Scoops inspection report

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