Mapping Roach Infestation Around the 5 Boroughs

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 am by
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There’s a sobering and proactive way to quantify NYC’s cockroach infestation. Hold onto your lunches, and check out Roach Map, the newest way to track these scuttling abominations.

From the site:

They may not disrupt your life as much as bedbugs, but nobody wants to live in a place where cockroaches roam free.

They defecate on our silverware. They live in our kitchens, our bathrooms. They thrive on our garbage, our leftover food. And in a city of 8 million, they can be anywhere. But where are they exactly?

The Roach Map uses weekly restaurant inspection data to determine by zip codes where the vermin are congregating. According to the latest numbers, the Lower East Side (10002) had 64 inspections and 6 reported incidents, while the neighboring East Village (10003) had a whopping 101 inspections with 9 incidents (where Joe’s Apartment was). The site is a work in progress, but the data could potentially help restaurants, adjacent businesses, and city departments engaged in pest combat.

At the very least, it may help you sleep at night … or not.

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