There is something all New Yorkers fear. That is that the heat wave might darken the Big Apple skyline with flying cockroaches.
Existing in NYC is not easy. Rental rates are steep, there is plenty of trash to be seen everywhere and ultimately getting enough sleep is a problem due to bedbugs. Yet there is one more challenge that the Big Apple may have to face in the times to come. That is flying cockroaches.
These cockroaches will probably launch themselves into the air and approach New York due to the intense heat, according to a DNAInfo article published Friday. A little more analysis however lays the fears of New Yorkers to rest. Yet this is only partially so.
Not all cockroaches take to the air upon the coming of a heat wave. There are basically two species of cockroach found in NYC: the German cockroach and the American cockroach.
The former are more often found near the dirty dishes, kitchen sinks and gas stoves. As for the latter, they are found in underground basements, moldy bathrooms and rusty drainpipes.
It is the American cockroaches that have a tendency of flying in the heat. When the climate is cold, they crawl or scurry about instead, according to HuffingtonPost.
Since the heat tends to loosen up the muscles of the American cockroaches, they use them more often. Thus flying becomes an option. Furthermore, these disgusting creatures do not actually fly.
They tend to glide from a higher ledge to a lower place. Cockroaches do not fly in the same manner as bees or dragonflies. This picture that has been painted may offer some relief to those thinking that NYC will be invaded by an army of flying cockroaches. They will be gliding cockroaches. Yet even that picture is dismal to say the least.
However, undoubtedly, some of the extreme fears have been allayed. Then there is the ever-smiling optimistic side of the equation. This has it that though these monstrous insects look and seem ghastly at first sight, they are an object lesson for man in the fine art of survival.
Cockroaches will be left intact even if there is a total nuclear war. They are tough and hardy creatures. Furthermore, they have an important role to play in the ecosystem.
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They help the decaying matter undergo further degradation into humus. Therefore, there is no need to panic and all New Yorkers ought to heave a sigh of relief. The cockroaches will come but it will not be in the form of hordes. All that spiel is more of an extreme scenario that does not fit the facts at all.