Pest control is already inside Juanito's on 1520 East 6th Street in Weslaco when the Food Patrol arrives.
The restaurant is spraying for roaches which are known to spread diseases.
It's one of several violations that turn up on a health report which include off-temperature chicken, improper labels on foods in the fridge, a cross-contamination concern with the ice scoop, no soap at hand wash station and dirty equipment.
A kitchen cop busts the restaurant with 34 demerits in all.
It's the most this week on Food 4 Thought.
Manager Guillerma Sepulveda says she's been working with pest control and the staff to get the restaurant back in order.
"I let them know and they're already handling it and they're fixing all the problems," she said. "Since the inspection we've been slowly progressing and trying to get things back to normal."
Edinburg Adult Daycare center on 1307 West Ferguson in Pharr is dealing with insect contamination too.
Live roaches turn up in the kitchen during a health inspection.
They're spotted in the pantry where dishes and utensils are stored, according to the report.
Owner Martin Pena isn't at the daycare when the Food Patrol arrives but he shares what's been done to go from 15 demerits to 5 over the phone.
"We're in the process of remodeling and that same day everything was removed from the kitchen, completely repainted, reinstalled, new stainless steel tables," he said.
Gatti's on 4100 North 2nd Street in McAllen is battling a roach problem too.
There's evidence of dead roaches in the dining area and in the kitchen, according to the report.
That's a no-no for health inspectors and the Food Patrol.
General Manager Rolando Alvarado says pest control has re-sprayed.
He's taking the problem, believed to be due to construction in the shopping center, very seriously to ensure the safety of guests.
"Pest control came back and the inspector checked us out with everything good," Rolando said.
Delia's Tamales on 106 West Nolana in San Juan is this week's featured top performer with zero demerits.
An inspector calls the kitchen "very clean" on the health report.
The Food Patrol awards the Director of Operations, James Moon, with the restaurant's fourth sticker.
"It signifies that we have a clean restaurant," he said about the stickers. "It TMs not the just the front but the back that TMs clean with cooking too."
Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)
McAllenGatti TMs 4100 N 2nd (6) *Dead Roaches in Dining/Kitchen Areas*
PharrEdinburg Adult Daycare 1307 W Ferguson (15, 5) *Live Roaches in Pantry/Dishes*
WeslacoJuanito TMs 1520 E 6th (34) *Roaches, Off Temp Food*
Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)
San JuanDelia TMs Tamales 106 W Nolana AveSubway 700 N I Rd
McAllenFuddruckers 111 Nolana AveLansky & Brats 400 Nolana Ave
BrownsvilleChuy TMs Super Burgers 2924 InternationalChurch TMs 535 E Elizabeth
ElsaWhataburger 623 E EdinburgHacienda 1550 N Broadway
EdinburgPollos Asados Nuevo Leon Hwy 107 & Depot
PharrKurai 1201 S Jackson
SPIKelly TMs 101 Morningside
AltonGolden Chicken 200 S Alton
DonnaBurger King 807 Frontage RdSubway 512 Salinas BlvdHarold TMs Country Kitchen 2111 Bus 83