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Old 07-28-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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I am curious, has anyone else seen these gigantic roaches this summer????? I have been living in Weehawken for 3 years now and have never seen a roach, now this year I have seen a number of them. I have seen a few in my building, two in my apartment and several scurrying around the sidewalks in various municipalities in the area. These things are huge!!!!!! I am not usually afraid of bugs, but these things make me jump. Also, I have seen them fly!!!! I had to post this right now because I am sitting in my livingroom and it is 1:30 in the afternoon and I caught something out of the corner of my eye and it was a roach flying and landed on my window. Thank goodness it was outside. And it flew off again. I am wondering if the weather has anything to do with them since it has been very moist and warm. I have never been to Florida, but from the stories I have heard they seem like the ones that they have down there. So am I the only one seeing them?
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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Common American cockroaches can fly. They like moist areas, so maybe their prevalance is Sandy-related?
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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Those do sound like Florida's famous 747-size flying roaches.
Has anyone moved into your building from Florida, or other deep-South states, w/in the last few months?

These things are known to travel inside luggage, boxes of books, and electronic equipment, and it is very possible that a neighbor transported them from his/her previous home. In any event, I would advise you to get an exterminator sooner, rather than later.

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Common American cockroaches can fly. They like moist areas, so maybe their prevalance is Sandy-related?

Maybe. When I first saw one that is what I thought it was (an American roach), but what is confusing me is that they are out with the sun out or with the lights on. I am no roach expert, but I thought American roaches liked to stay in the dark?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Those do sound like Florida's famous 747-size flying roaches.
Has anyone moved into your building from Florida, or other deep-South states, w/in the last few months?

These things are known to travel inside luggage, boxes of books, and electronic equipment, and it is very possible that a neighbor transported them from his/her previous home. In any event, I would advise you to get an exterminator sooner, rather than later.

I am not sure, but I don't know if you are familiar with Weehawken, but our town and the surrounding towns are all very densely populated, so I know my immediate neighbors, but on my block alone it is impossible to know everyone so someone could easily be new. I want to get an exterminator, but I was thinking if everyone in the building doesn't do it it would be pointless.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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The ones I have seen are at least the size of my thumb and have very apparent wings.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Maybe the last of the cicata's.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Maybe the last of the cicata's.
Definitely not cicadas. I never thought I would say this, but I wish they were cicadas.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, NJ
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The wood roaches have made their way to NJ and are plentiful down here in the Ocean County area. They are HUGE and fly to lights. They don't run and scatter like a German or Brown roach - they love the light. One night a friend of mine who lives in Manahawkin left their back door light on and when they came home the door was covered in them - they were naturally mortified and called an exterminator the next day. He said it would be a waste of their money to do anything since these particular roaches cannot reproduce or live indoors - they require a lot of moisture. So keep the lights outside off and don't be too alarmed if one gets in. I occasionally get them on my balcony since I'm surrounded by woods and it's very easy to tell them apart from the problematic ones. Google pictures of them to make sure they are not what you are seeing. Unlike the American or German roach, these guys are pretty harmless since they won't eat your food or reproduce in your home.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I am curious, has anyone else seen these gigantic roaches this summer????? I have been living in Weehawken for 3 years now and have never seen a roach, now this year I have seen a number of them. I have seen a few in my building, two in my apartment and several scurrying around the sidewalks in various municipalities in the area. These things are huge!!!!!! I am not usually afraid of bugs, but these things make me jump. Also, I have seen them fly!!!! I had to post this right now because I am sitting in my livingroom and it is 1:30 in the afternoon and I caught something out of the corner of my eye and it was a roach flying and landed on my window. Thank goodness it was outside. And it flew off again. I am wondering if the weather has anything to do with them since it has been very moist and warm. I have never been to Florida, but from the stories I have heard they seem like the ones that they have down there. So am I the only one seeing them?
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