For years, my Brooklyn apartment never had a single roach. Now I'm finding huge, dead waterbug roaches all over. Why?
We live in a Brooklyn brownstone house which is connected on each side to other apartments. It's not most shipshape of places, but we've been lucky on the bug front for the past 4 years. I attributed the lack of those huge waterbug roaches to luck and our three cats, who are bored indoor creatures who'd love nothing more than to hunt something other than a catnip toy.
Now, over the past few weeks, I've been finding the bodies of waterbug roaches
, stone cold dead, belly-side up. My cats have not killed them, as they very much in tact when discovered.
I mean, it's better than them being alive, I suppose, because I am seriously phobic of those mofos, so I'd rather them go somewhere else to die so I don't have to swear a blue streak once a morning while gingerly disposing of their bodies. What's going on?
Some possibilities I've considered:
-Our upstairs roommate has recently been working a ton, and he's prone to leaving a couple dirty dishes in his room for days before washing them.
-There's construction going on couple houses down on a place that was previously abandoned, and it has definitely unsettled more rats (yeah, fun), so maybe it's extending to the roach population?
-A plumbing issue I am not aware of
I would really love to get this problem taken care of soon. Any advice is appreciated.