Some like it hot — and that includes cockroaches.
With about 105 million Americans from New England to the mid-Atlantic under heat alerts Saturday, the steamy weather is giving the much-maligned pests a reason to spread their wings and fly.
Entomologists and bug experts say conditions are ripe for the domesticated versions of the brown-colored bugs to get active, including taking to the air.
It's an activity they rarely do, said Srini Kambhampati, a professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Texas at Tyler.
"Because of the extreme heat, they may be trying to find a more comfortable place in which to live," Kambhampati said. "That is, they are on the move to find a better, cooler place. High temperature cause insects to use up a lot of energy."
"Their development also depends on ambient temperature," he added. "So it is conceivable that they are more active in this current, very hot summer."
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