Here’s the worst roach job I’ve ever done
I have attached some pictures of a heavy roach job done in about 2008. as bad as these pictures may seem to you and it is, it is nothing compared to the worst job I have ever done. unfortunately there are no pictures for this job since it was done back in the early nineties before portable digital cameras.
This home was so ridiculously infested that the memories and vivid pictures still play in my head all these years later. After doing pest control in New York City for several years I thought I had seen it all after working in some of the most bizarre locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Yes I expected to see different pest in central Pennsylvania and I did see things I never dealt with in New York such ants, spiders, fleas, termites and such. The entire transition experience was exciting and different and I was eager to learn new treatment techniques outside of city dwellings. However I did hold a level of arrogance when it came to Roach and mice treatments. When this is all that you do everyday and every possible scenario you think to yourself there’s nothing that you can’t handle. I had been trained by the best and experienced the worst. How is a silly little roach job in Lancaster Pennsylvania going to challenge me, that is until that hot summer day sometime in the early nineties that I drove into a rather normal city block. (You see the salesman for this particular job sold it over the phone without any inspection or interview whatsoever so no one had any idea what I would be heading in to) I parked in the middle of the block then walk towards the house on the corner, my destination. It was a late afternoon and many people were out on the streets and on their porches and I started to hear comments as I approached the house with my equipment in hand. Are you going to the bad house? You need a blow torch not a spray can. Good luck in there.
I’m sure there that there was a few other comments that I can not recall word for word but most were along those lines. I just laughed my way closer to the house. Thinking to myself at this point okay well I guess its pretty bad no big deal what would someone from Lancaster Pennsylvania consider bad? then as I am about 50 feet from the house I start to notice something I have never really seen before. Roaches walking around outside. Yes outside! keep in mind roaches are nocturnal, it’s their natural behavior to hide in cracks and crevices out of sight and out of danger until late at night when it is safe to come out to feed. in a very heavy infestations when the population is huge they can no longer hide you will then see them in more open areas of the home but wait a minute I am seeing them outside walking around on a bright sunny day with lots of noise and people walking about. No this is not right, something is going on here. my heart starts pounding as I get closer to the door and I can actually see clusters of roaches hanging out around the windows and the door jamb. I knock on the door but they don’t hear me right away since the music is playing really loud and people are upstairs yelling at each other so I continued to bang on the door louder (my cop knock) until finally a small kid opens the door in very dirty clothes and as he does maybe 20 roaches fall down from the door. I asked the boy to please go get his mom or an adult know that the exterminator is here.
At this point as I am waiting for someone to come to the door the smell of roaches is so overwhelming it is throughout the air outside on the porch. after listening to about 10 more minutes of yelling and screaming and adult finally opens a door and I enter. to my utter amazement As I am walking around doing inspection after my introduction I see hundreds upon hundreds of roaches easily numbering into the thousands everywhere I turn. If I lifted up a piece of paper 20 roaches would run out from underneath it, curtains and blinds had hundreds, chairs ovens refrigerators, they were also in every single appliance. It was so heavy the ceilings along the edges were loaded with clusters of them even the kids toys have them nesting inside the toys and all the beds. Then I noticed something so sad, so hard to comprehend. All the children had little to no eyebrows. I believe the roaches were feeding on the eyebrows and eyelashes being that the population was just so heavy they were resorting to anything to eat.
you can just imagine the poor sanitation conditions here. There was old rotting food throughout the home. chicken bones throughout the floor old McDonald food and flies and even maggots. How could this be? what happens to an entire family that would live like this?
I begin to make my attempt to try to treat this all by myself so I start off at Ground Zero the kitchen. once I start it literally begins to rain roaches. I have to constantly stop my feet up and down so that they don’t crawl up me as they were running frantically away from the spray. The walls are moving, the floors are moving.
I have to take a break. I head outside to find the nearest payphone to call my boss and tried to explain what is happening here. since this was not inspected or interviewed properly we both decided to not charge for the treatment that I had already done and I would have the sales person come back out to the property to sell it with a proper plan.
I never did go back to the property after the people were made aware of the cost involved in correcting this situation they refused to get any more treatments done. I did advise my boss at the time to make the public health department aware of these unsafe conditions.
I wish I had the chance to see this job through, It was an exciting challenge.