A new cockroach has made its way to the U.S. and it has taken up residence in N.Y.C., scientists have confirmed. This new species is a cold-loving Asian cockroach that can withstand freezing temperatures, according to Live Science via Yahoo News on Dec. 9.
This species has never been seen in the U.S. until an exterminator in the Big Apple picked up some strange looking cockroach carcasses and handed them over to researchers. The cockroaches were found on the High Line, which is a mile-long park found in Manhattan, it is built on an old elevated railway.
Researches confirmed that these cockroaches were Periplaneta japonica, which are native to Asia, but not America. They have resilience to cold weather. Just what NYC and the rest of the U.S. needs, a strain of resilient cockroaches.
The American cockroaches take shelter indoors when the weather grows cold, but not these new found roaches. This new cockroach has the best of both worlds. They can live outside even when it snows and they can live comfortably inside along with other cockroach species.
It is difficult to trace the exact route these cockroaches took to get to the U.S., but scientists believe they may have come in the soil of the plants used to for the High Line, which is still partially under construction.
While the High Line is using plants that are native to the U.S., these plants may have been stored in warehouses next to the plants that would carry the new cockroaches into the country from Asia. What matters now is that they are here!
Now that the new cockroaches have arrived, researchers theorize that they may compete with the roaches already here for food. This is a good thing, as the roach population could actually drop if they have to spend more time competing for food, it is less time and energy for reproducing.
It seems that the studies on the new species of cockroaches have all been done with clean snow. The roaches might not like the snow they encounter in NYC because it carries grime. In other words NYC could give them a run for their money, so to speak!