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Coping with New York's Roaches — or 'Water Bugs'

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Coping with New York's Roaches — or 'Water Bugs'

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Coping with New York's Roaches — or 'Water Bugs'

Coping with New York's Roaches — or 'Water Bugs'

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New Yorkers are used to rats, pigeons and more than a fare share of household pests.

But they still seem surprised — and disgusted — every summer when some exceptionally large, six-legged creatures come out of the sewers and walk the streets at night.

How do residents cope with the giant cockroaches, which many New Yorkers call "water bugs"?

Beth Fertig of New York Public Radio reports.