NEW YORK — If this heat isn’t enough to make your skin crawl, this will: it’s so hot that American cockroaches may start flying.
DNAinfo reported that high temperatures combined with humidity “encourages” cockroaches to fly.
This includes all of the creepy crawlers that reside in New York City and the tri-state area. Nice.
“In hot steam tunnels, something with the temperature and the humidity encourages them to fly,” Ken Schumann, an entomologist, told DNAinfo. “When it’s warm and steamy that seems to be what they like.”
American cockroaches have wings, but typically those who live in urban areas don’t fly due to a high density of trash and food that negates their need to fly around.
Their more suburban and southern brethren are better known for flying, especially in states like Florida and Texas, where they frequently use their wings to travel for food.
American cockroaches are one of around 3,500 species of cockroach that can be found worldwide, according to Terminix.