New York City cockroach can survive frigid winters -study

NEW YORK Mon Dec 9, 2013 2:02pm EST

A male (left) and female of the cockroach species Periplaneta japonica found on New York City's High Line in 2012. REUTERS/Handout via Lyle Buss, University of Florida

A male (left) and female of the cockroach species Periplaneta japonica found on New York City's High Line in 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Handout via Lyle Buss, University of Florida

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A species of cockroach native to Asia that has been seen crawling around an outdoor tourist destination in New York City can survive the city's often brutal winters, according to a new study.

Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified the resilient pest as Periplaneta japonica, which is native to Japan. Until an exterminator saw the bug last year crawling around the High Line, an elevated, outdoor park in lower Manhattan, it had not been confirmed in the United States.

While it was too soon to predict the implications for nearby residents and businesses, the bug's appearance could be good news, researchers said.

"(Cockroaches) combined numbers inside buildings could actually fall because (the) more time and energy they spent competing (for food and space) means less time and energy to devote to reproduction," said Rutgers biologist Dominic Evangelista, who helped identify the species by analyzing its DNA barcode.

How the bugs got to New York was unclear, but researchers speculated they were in the soil of one of the plants festooning the park.

Researchers noted the new roach cannot breed a hybrid super-roach by mating with the more common local variety due to mismatching genitalia.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Comments (3)
jesusn0w wrote:
Oops, our mistake, what we suspected was a cockroach turns out to be just another New York liberal. Sorry for the confusion, but you can see how easy it is to confuse.

Dec 09, 2013 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sask12601 wrote:
Doesn’t anyone watch “How I Met Your Mother” and know about the other new cockroach combination — the cockamouse?


Dec 09, 2013 5:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gordonhilgers wrote:
You mean the GOP has invaded New York? We already know Ted Cruz is a tick on the back of a Great Big Dog, but now we have to buy more insecticide, the kind that will even kill “the unborn” of GOP cockroaches?

Be afraid, New York City residents. Be very afraid.


Perhaps these little beasts will eat Donald Trump’s hair, but before they do, I hereby demand to see their birth certificates!

Dec 10, 2013 11:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
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