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Northeast Heat Could Prompt New York City’s Cockroaches to Take Flight

15 Aug 2016, 4:55 am

The Northeast has seen hot temps the past few days, with records falling left and right for daytime highs. Sunday was no exception where several new records were set.

Excessive heat warnings were issued for New York City over the weekend for the first time in over three years, and the heat certainly matched the hype. The mercury soared to 90º+ for the third straight day on Sunday, making it an ‘official’ heat wave, defined in the Big Apple as three straight days of high temperatures reaching 90º or above. Worse off, on Saturday, the heat index, or the apparent temperature based on a combination of air temperature and humidity, rose to an incredible 110º in Central Park. Additionally, on Sunday, New York City’s JFK Airport broke a new record high for the date with a high of 94º.

As we head into the start of the new work week temperatures will climb once again above average for New York City. Temperatures for Monday will be in the 90’s while dewpoints will be in the upper 60s to the lower 70s, to make the heat index or “feel like temperature” around 100 degrees for Monday afternoon.  Heat Advisories are in place from noon to 8 pm EDT on Monday.


According to an interview from DNAinfo, the heat and humidity is expected to drive cockroaches out of the darkness and into the air.

“In hot steam tunnels, something with the temperature and the humidity encourages them to fly,” explained Ken Schumann, entomologist at Bell Environmental Services. “When it’s warm and steamy that seems to be what they like.”

Schumann added that when it comes to flying, “It’s not like a flight pattern like a butterfly would have. It’s almost like they just glide down.”

If the roaches start to take flight, that magazine you are fanning yourself with, will also be great to keep your personal space free of the flying vermin.




Some slight relief is on the way for New York City’s five boroughs this week, although heat advisories are still in place for New York City on Monday. Temperatures slowly back down into the upper 80s for highs by Wednesday, although temperatures are expected to bounce back into the low 90s by the end of the week once again.

Headline image: Gary Alpert.

2 responses to “Northeast Heat Could Prompt New York City’s Cockroaches to Take Flight

  1. Come on down to Atlanta, where we are in our 70+ days of over 90 degrees for the past 3 months. I don’t think our cockroaches are flying(that would make them Palmetto Bugs), but they may be dipping into the pools, lakes and birdbaths for a quick summertime cool down :/

  2. I’m never visiting New York in the heat.
    Down here in Texas we call them water bugs. They are actually a bit bigger than cockroaches. And my #1 most hated insect, ever.

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