Cockroaches are a real nuisance. Any New York resident can tell you that, especially the city dwellers. Many have probably shared their domiciles with them at one point but the good thing was that roaches were unable to survive in NY’s harsh winters. But now that’s not the case. A new species of cockroach has been found in New York’s High Line Park: a “Super Roach” that can survive in the winter.
Asian cockroaches are the new kids on the block, according to Rutgers Scientists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista whose findings were published in the Journal of Economic Entomolog. They say the new cockroaches are actually fairly similar to the native species, which will provoke competition for space and food.
The feuding will most likely keep the new cockroach population low “because more time and energy spent competing means less time and energy to devote to reproduction,” Ware said. New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed, she added. (USNEWS).
There is a chance it could hurt the ecosystem as traditional cockroaches help with getting rid of garbage and waste. But as of now there is no evidence of that.