Thousands Of Cockroaches Invaded An Urban Philadelphia Neighborhood After The Filthy Insects Emerged Like A Geyser From A Local Sewer Manhole
There are very few human-populated regions on the planet where cockroaches have not established a permanent habitat. Obviously, multiple cockroach species have no problem surviving as far north as New York City, so it may not come as a shock to learn that roaches can be found in urban areas of Canada, such as Toronto and Montreal. To put it simply, roaches are able to survive within just about any human habitat, just so long as they remain indoors to avoid freezing temperatures. Philadelphia is one of the most populated cities in the United States, so naturally, the city is a haven for several species of cockroach pests. These species include German, American, Oriental and Pennsylvania woods cockroaches. Despite Philadelphia’s dense population, the city was not featured on the latest list of the top ten most roach-infested US cities. However, if you were present on Salmon and Plum streets in the Bridesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia exactly two years ago to this very day, you may not be able to help associating the historic city with nightmarish hoards of cockroaches.
On the evening of Sunday, July 16th, residents of the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia noticed what appeared to be an obscure moving mass on the street. Within minutes, this vague mass revealed itself to be massive amounts of cockroaches emerging from a sewer manhole. The cockroaches continued to overflow non-stop from the manhole for several hours and even into Monday morning. The cockroaches clearly numbered into the tens of thousands or more, and once the pests covered the entire street where numerous specimens started to take flight, residents began to panic. Several residents were outside frantically stomping the roaches and emptying numerous cans of bug spray in a hopeless attempt to keep the exceptionally filthy insects from moving from the sewer into their homes. Shortly before the day came to a close, the roaches dissipated. On Tuesday morning, city officials used an enormous pest control vacuum known as a “VACTOR” to suck the remaining cockroaches out of the manhole, and the Department of Health set bait traps for the roaches. What caused the countless roaches to erupt from the sewer manhole on the corner of Plum and Salmon streets remains a mystery, but experts believe a buildup of water due to recent bouts of rain may have prompted the mass roach exodus.
Have you ever spotted a roach, or several, emerging from a manhole?
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