In the 1970’s there was a long list of truly bad films about some pest or rodent going wild and taking over a town. There were rats (“Ben” 1972), bees (“Killer Bees” with Gloria Swanson 1974) , and even large rabbits (“Night of the Lepus” 1974) as the villains in the made-for-TV movies. I loved Gloria Swanson so plead guilty to watching her perform.
I thought again of those films as the news came out over this weekend that Plainfield, Wisconsin, a small town of about 800 people in Waushara County, is at the center of a cockroach invasion. Tri-County Public School is ground zero as the disease filled insects have been spotted everywhere.
A parent says the first day of school children complained of bugs in their classrooms. The bugs were seen near the kindergarten class’ toy box and were falling out of another classroom’s ceiling. The woman said….. that teachers have found the cockroaches in their cars, band instruments, and even swimming in their coffee cups.
These are not just any ole cockroaches. What Plainfield has is a German cockroach invasion!
Can’t you just see how the directors would film such an event for TV. Small foul little Wehrmacht-like cockroaches wearing German steel helmets take over the classrooms, hold teachers and children hostage, while demanding Coloma be made their new homeland.
If you think I am being too amused by this story, you are only partially correct. I attended this school and graduated there in 1980, and so feel for most of those who have to deal with this matter.
I think this story is truly icky and rather repulsive. I would be truly ticked off about the existing conditions in the homes that surround the school which allowed for the breeding of the cockroaches. What has been described about one of the homes is enough to make anyone gag. Considering the infestation has an ability to spread in backpacks that go home with children every day should make all concerned. I feel truly bad for the teachers who have to put up with little monsters in the classroom, and then when driving home find cockroaches in their car!
But I am also reminded of a family member who lives in Coloma who told me repeatedly over the years that Madison is a dirty place and all sorts of diseases are harbored here. When shopping at the malls in Madison she would not eat anything as she felt things were not up to her standards.
Seems now the table has been spun around and she has to deal with a real problem as her child attends the infested school! Seems the filth is not in Madison after all.
Last night before going to bed I pondered how big does a caldron need to be to boil clothes? After all, one can never be too clean.