Scientists are talking about the heat wave in New York City. However, they're not talking about the way heat will affect the day-to-day life of New York residents. Instead, they're talking about how much roaches like to fly when the weather is hot and humid.
So I'm walking up the subway stairs to the street, & I see a big butterfly flying towards me to welcome me home.. NOPE. GIANT COCKROACH. ☠☠☠Scientists believe New York residents will have to worry about exactly that.
— Dan Amboyer (@danamboyer) August 8, 2016
DNA Info, a blog based in New York City, published an article on Friday that explained why experts believe the American roaches that New York residents know, and hate, will likely be spreading their wings and taking to the air.
Especially in places like subways tunnels.
Normally, New York City roaches are rarely ever caught flying. They skitter along the sidewalks, they run in fear when a garbage can is opened, and, though they occasionally get inside a house, they don't tend to fly away when confronted with a can of Raid. Unfortunately, the hotter it gets, the more use of their muscles roaches get, and the more likely they are to use those muscles to fly.
"They can sense humidity. They can sense the humidity in the air," Joseph Kungel, a professor with the University of New England in Maine, told NBC News.
THERE IS A FLYING COCKROACH IN MY APARTMENT DO I CALL 911The south is much more used to seeing flying roaches, though they tend to be called palmetto bugs because their habits include spending the majority of their time high up in the palm trees.
— Molly Mulshine (@mollymulshine) August 2, 2016
Not only do roaches tend to fly more in the south because of the weather, but they also need to travel further for food.
"The only solace I have is that they're flying less here in New York than they are in the South, where food is more spread out. In the Big Apple, garbage is everywhere, so roaches are lazy, and they have less motivation to practice their aerial skills to reach the next rotting dollar slice."Normally, New York City isn't hot enough to provoke the roaches into flying. However, the northeast has been experiencing severe heat advisories, with very high humidity, for the past few days.
Excessive #heat warnings for #NYC, #Philly. Daily record highs + stifling humidity. https://t.co/EixaafV8nk pic.twitter.com/pRTYsefo2cThe extreme heat wave is not supposed to break until Tuesday.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 12, 2016
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