First Minister Mark Drakeford has waded into the debate on non-native species allegedly escaping from Gwrych Castle following the trails on ITV show I'm A Celebrity.
North Wales Police are currently investigating the claims that non-native wildlife are being released at the castle after they were raised by TV presenter Iolo Williams.
The Welsh leader was quizzed on the concerns which could see the show breach the Wildlife and Countryside Act if it failed to get a licence for the release of the insects.
Asked by BBC Breakfast if he was worried about the issue, Mr Drakeford said he was "concerned" and reminded viewers of the Danish mink crisis which has seen millions of the animals culled as they carried a mutated form of the coronavirus.
He said: "We've worked carefully with the production company to make sure all the rules are observed and if there's been some infringements it's right that they are investigated. We would be concerned about non-native species being released.
"Your viewers will have seen the stories from Denmark recently about mink and coronavirus crossing species.
"We wouldn't want to see non-native species being released here in Wales because of the risks that could pose to the health of other wildlife, but potentially, as in the Danish situation, the risk to human health as well."
A spokesman for ITV saod: "All of the insects used on I’m A Celebrity are non-invasive species.
"They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming.
"The bugs are UK-bred and are commercially purchased in the UK for birds and exotic animal feed for pets and zoo keepers in normal circumstances.
"Our insects have been donated to local wildlife sanctuaries, trusts and zoos for their exotic animal and bird feed after filming."
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “The matter is being investigated by officers from our rural crime team."
I'm a Celebrity is currently half way through its run on ITV and is taking place in North Wales instead of Australia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.