PHILADELPHIA, PA - You aren't the only one trying to escape the sweltering heat. Cockroaches are going rogue, crawling up through drains- and actually taking flight. American cockroaches aren't known for their ability to levitate.
There's no need for wings in sewers and cold temperatures make it difficult to engage flight muscles. But experts say once it hits 80 degrees, they start becoming “frequent fliers.”
So storms and summer weather are driving more roaches into homes and restaurants, with exterminators reporting double the amount of calls for roaches. Worse, the hot weather increases the metabolism of roaches and their ability to reproduce.
As our planet gets warmer and warmer, it won’t be surprising to see cockroaches popping up in new places, and new environments. Add "preventing the cockroach apocalypse" to the list of reasons to fight climate change.