The story of a cockroach-infested banded banded insect began in a remote area of western New York in the early 1960s, when a banded bug had taken over a family farm in the town of Peekskill.
At first, the bug had only bothered a couple of family members.
But as the years went on, the bugs continued to burrow into the family’s farmland.
Eventually, the family discovered the insects’ existence and, with the help of an exterminator, started killing the bugs with an electric fence.
Soon, the insects were everywhere, and people began noticing the bugs.
In 1973, the pest control company Peekshead, which had been contracted by the city to eradicate the bugs, purchased the land to exterminate the bugs as well.
The first batch of exterminators arrived in 1974, and the insects had already started to take over other farmlands.
A few years later, the exterminators began killing cockroaches in the same area.
The pests spread through the entire city and, after the first few years, became a pest on every farm.
“We were lucky that we didn’t lose any of the farmlands,” says Peekshitcher chief pest control officer Peter McDonough.
The insects, which are often called brown banded, are common in suburban areas where the buildings and roofs are boarded up, and they often swarm over a property that had been cleared for agricultural purposes.
The bugs also sometimes move into buildings that have been subdivided or torn down.
“They tend to stay in areas that have a lot of vacant land,” says McDonaughey.
In 1976, a new exterminator arrived to the Peeksheads area, and it quickly began killing the insects in a very small area of the city.
As the exterminator began killing, the problem went from bad to worse.
McDonaugh says he doesn’t know how many cockroach deaths the exterminateors had to deal with.
The exterminators had to do a lot more than just exterminate cockroches.
“Our goal was to get rid of them as quickly as possible, so that we could start putting people back on their property and starting over,” he says.
Some people who worked on the extermination teams had the insects, including some who worked for the city department of pest control.
“It was pretty crazy,” says John Pate, who was a pest control operator for about 30 years before retiring in 1991.
“I mean, it was an absolute joy to be a pest exterminator.”
The Peeksbanders exterminators were the first in the city and were able to do their work effectively because of the extermination teams’ expertise, Pate says.
Pate worked in a different pest control unit in the mid-1970s when he was assigned to the exterminating unit in Peekskilled, about a half-hour drive from the Poeskill suburb of East Haven.
Pates was also assigned to exterminating cockroves in the Peeskill suburb when he worked for a pest-control company.
Pests were a problem, but exterminators didn’t have the training to deal the pest, Pates says.
He remembers that in one of his assignments, he and his team were sent out to kill a group of brown bandeds that were roaming the neighborhood.
Pics from a 1976 interview with John Pates, PATE pest control investigator, show how cockrobes have spread throughout the Pateskill neighborhood, from Peekskills house to the neighborhood grocery store.
PATE’S DREAMS Of becoming a pest officer were never in doubt, Pikes says.
“There were a lot things in my dream, that I’d never done, that just never happened,” he recalls.
But when Pates began working as a pest agent in 1981, he was impressed by how quickly things changed.
“When you started seeing more and more of these cockrocks in the neighborhood, you started to believe that it was going to be an easy job, to be able to deal and control the pests and the cockrocs, which was something that I had never done before,” Pates recalls.
“And you started working in the field, which I had always considered a waste of time.”
Pate’s first job was as a cockrocker on a farm in East Haven, where he noticed a problem with a cock roach population.
“One day, I came into the office and saw a cock.
I knew immediately that it had something wrong with it,” he remembers.
Pops and his colleague were able, however, to find the source of the problem, and Pops was able to use a spray gun to kill the cock.
Pikes said he always thought that he would have to kill cockrokes.
“But I always believed that I could do it,” Pikes told The Associated Press.
“You have to