Rutgers University researchers find a new breed of cockroach in New York City

December 9, 2013
Get. It. Away. From. Me. Now. (University of Florida)
Get. It. Away. From. Me. Now. (University of Florida)

Finally, something we’re happy to say New York is better at than D.C. — housing freakishly freaky cockroaches. Seriously, those things freak us out …

“Unlike the roaches that New York residents have known and hated for years, this variety can survive not just indoors where it’s warm, but also outdoors in freezing temperatures.” — Rob Forman at news.rutgers.edu cites a critical difference between commonly found cockroaches in the United States and a never-before-seen variety that a team of researchers at Rutgers identified in New York for the first time. Researchers say the arrival of the foreign species could be a good thing, as competition between species could result in a drop in overall cockroach numbers.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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