Five Places that Have Cockroaches Worse than New Mexico
You'll find them everywhere. Most of the time, cockroaches are just gross. In some cases, they carry disease. On the east coast (Boston) where I spent most of my adult life, the cockroaches are a lot smaller and faster than they are in New Mexico. This means these urbanites are a lot harder to catch. I actually prefer that to these large, slow, more layback cockroaches I've seen here in Albuquerque.
One of my worst nightmares is accidentally stepping on a highly squashable bug, especially in sandals. This is definitely possible with the ABQ cockroaches because they are so slow. They come out at night and just dare you to step on them. When my daughters were visiting me, they were almost paralyzed walking home to my apartment in Nob Hill because there were so many very squashable cockroaches out. My daughters, like me, are used to the cockroaches you can't step on because they're too fast.
The type we have in New Mexico are primarily known as the American cockroach. They're big, brown or black and ugly. Unlike their cousins on the east coast and elsewhere, they don't need a moist environment to survive. Instead, they live in harsh, dry environments.
But we must be doing something right, because researchers recently discovered 39 new species of cockroaches just in the southwest! So says Heidi Hopkins, who is a cockroach taxonomic specialist from the University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology, Albuquerque.
For the record, the average cockroach ranges from 0.24 to three inches in length. And if you think they're bad here, there are many more places where the roaches are worse than you can imagine. Here are five of them: