It’s raining roaches, hallelujah


November 1, 2018

PHOTO: Philip Smith

Crown molding made ideal harborage for the German cockroaches. PHOTO: Philip Smith

PHOTO: Philip Smith

Cockroach feces, cast skins and debris made this house uninhabitable. PHOTO: Philip Smith

Philip Smith, president of Compass Pest Management, Cornelia, Ga., launched his pest control company in 1995. Since then, Smith, whose pest management career spans more than a quarter century, has had his share of challenging cockroach jobs. But one job in particular stands out.

Church officials hired him to help out with a German cockroach (Blattella germanica) infestation at a home in which a disabled woman and her adult special-needs children lived.

“Once I entered the house to complete the inspection, I soon realized I could hardly breathe due to the stench of roaches and pet feces,” he relates. “When I treated the crown molding around the rooms, so many roaches were falling to the floor it sounded like it was raining inside.”

Because of the home’s serious, irreparable structural condition and the severity of the sanitation issue, Smith advised church officials to not only move the family out of the house, but to ask the city to condemn the structure. They did; the city used the home to train firefighters, who burned it to the ground.


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