Roaches invade Pekin neighborhood



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PEKIN (WEEK) — Residents in a Pekin neighborhood say they are dealing with a cockroach infestation.

It started when a trailer was removed from a nearby mobile home park, leaving an open sewer line near the intersection of Amanda St. and N. 5th St.

Residents say the that line has since been closed, but the roaches remain.

At night, they see hundreds crawling around their yards.

“Once night hits, around 10:00 or so, if you come out with a flashlight, the yard’s covered,” a resident said.

Several told us the infestation has now spread around the block. Roaches are now coming out of storm drains.

One resident says she’s already spent nearly $200 to battle the bugs. She says it’s time for the city to step in.

“The city needs to be doing something about it,” the resident said. “I don’t know if they need to flush the sewer drains, come out and spray our yards, help us out a little bit.”

Some on the block have already complained to the city. However, the Pekin Streets Department said they weren’t aware of the issue until we called them Tuesday morning.

They say they will investigate whether the swarms are coming from city sewers. If so, they’ll do their best to get rid of them.

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