Roaches Crawl Out of Manhole and Invade Philly Street

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Residents in a Philadelphia neighborhood are keeping their bug spray on hand after they say thousands of cockroaches crawled out of a manhole and began invading their street. 

“When I tell you thousands of them, there were thousands of them,” Pat Wall told NBC10. “And they were flying all over.”

Wall and other neighbors say the roaches began crawling out of a manhole at the intersection of Salmon and Plum streets in the Bridgesburg section of Philadelphia Sunday night and haven’t stopped since. At one point, according to Wall, there were so many that she couldn’t see the ground.

“When I tell you all the neighbors were spraying and stomping, it was a horror story that I couldn’t believe I was living,” she said. “And they were flying all over. Never had to duck a flying roach.”

Wall said it’s the worst roach infestation she’s ever seen.

“Everybody is out here with spray cans spraying bugs,” Paul Basfort, another resident, said. “They were stomping them and they were running right out of there.”

The Philadelphia Water Department plans to check out the street Tuesday. A spokesperson for the company told NBC10 they received three calls from homeowners Monday about the inlet.

“We’ll open that and see if we can identify as to why there are so many right there,” John DiGiulio of the Philadelphia Water Department said.

The Water Department plans on cleaning the inlet and says the manhole may have food and trash that attracts the insects. Roach infestations also tend to occur during warmer months.

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