The Winter Roach: New York City’s Invasive Cold Tolerant Roaches

Since the founding of colonial Jamestown, cockroaches have scuttled through the dark spaces of Americans’ homes and our nightmares. But just recently, a new roach appeared on the New York City scene—one with ability to tolerate the cold outdoors. What is this winter-ready roach and where did it come from? Join Rutgers University roach researchers as they unravel clues to identify this intruder and what its emergence represents.

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Produced by Emily Driscoll
Filmed by Stavros Basis
Lighting by Ben Effinger
Music by Audio Network
Narration by Travis
Additional video and stills courtesy of
Oswin Ambrice , Barcode of Life Data Systems ,
Joseph Evangelista, Shutterstock, Sydney King and National Park Service
Reto Stockli, NASA Earth Observatory, Peter Vransky, and Dusan Chorvat

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About Emily Driscoll

Emily Driscoll is a science documentary producer in New York, New York. Her production company is BonSci Films.