Patron with Honors
And the RPF: Rats alley. Yep, that is the way I remember it too. I think they did find a way to get rid of those roaches eventually. Being down there was nasty.
I was on the PAC RPF from Nov 2000 until March 2003.
I was on the RPF teams that got rid of the drainage metal flat thing, where all the roaches hid all the time.
I had to clean rats alley a number of times, I think monthly we did the same thing Paul talked about. Spray and squeegee all the water and dead roaches down the drains.
The crawl space, it's a crawl space, with the hot pipes, etc, all the same.
When we took the metal drainage thing out, the roach problem vanished, since the roaches (palmeto bugs and roaches both, there were two sizes of roaches, the big ones and the normal smaller ones, millions, literally) hid between the bottm of the metal flat thing and the ceiling and the floor above.
I worked for weeks there, a lot of RPF units worked there, doing their time doing the final clean up. The walls of the crawl space were sprayed or painted, after all the cleanup was done.
And today, that crawl space is all dry. No leaks, no puddles. We, our RPF unit, did a couple more token cleanups, but it stayed dry and that space became actually just a warm dry space, like the normal crawl space should be.
So no more fun crawing around walls literally covered with millions of roaches.
I loved it actually, I just thought it was completely ridiculous, like being in a cave with the walls and ceiling just covered, not a spare square inch, with bugs.
Ever since I got over killing (smashing) roaches with my bare hands (this was on the 2nd floor of the complex, above the galley, in 1984-85 when I worked in Senior HCO Int), I've looked on roaches sympathetically. I'd like to let them live, since all they want is a place to survive.
Anyways, rat's alley is a dull dry space today. The metal catch basin that all the roaches hid in, it was taken out, and the roaches had no where to go to hide after that. No more rats under the galley, no more roaches.