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New cockroach: Invading cockroach endures the winter, 'Periplaneta Japonica'

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A new cockroach that’s invading New York and can endure the winter cold sounds like the last thing the state needs right now with this bitter weather, but Periplaneta Japonica, the Japanese cockroach, has recently reached U.S. shores. This species was only just found here in America, and though it isn’t expected to pose any major danger due to mating incompatibilities, any cockroach infestation is headache enough, the LA Times shares this Monday, Dec. 9.

The new cockroach, scientifically called, Periplaneta Japonica, is a species that has been living in Asia for decades, but only this 2013 made its way to New York, and is known for its hardy ability to survive in even the most extreme conditions. The invading bug is said to be able to endure even extremely cold temperatures (that many Americans are experiencing right now this winter), and quickly reproduce.

Fortunately, it’s unlikely that this new cockroach will be able to mate with other local cockroaches in New York or in the rest of the U.S., for that matter, assuages experts. According to the press release, entomologists are claiming that due to the already high cockroach populations in New York, breeding will take a backburner to sheer survival for these bugs, who will spend most of their energy on trying to find food and shelter, rather than reproduce.

Nonetheless, Periplaneta Japonica is something to keep an eye on here in the U.S., add experts. The new cockroach was first confirmed outside of Asia and on American land back in 2012 when a working exterminator identified it on the High Line in Manhattan.

It is hoped that this invading bug will soon weed itself out as winter wanes into spring, but for the next couple months, will likely be able to endure the cold, so keep those brooms handy.

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