How Did a Cockroach Even Make It Onto the Red Carpet?

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How Did a Cockroach Even Make It to the Met Gala?Neilson Barnard/MG23 - Getty Images

It's the first Tuesday in May, which means the internet is still reeling from last night's Met Gala, which celebrated late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. But while the event had plenty of red carpet looks to gush over—Rihanna in a hooded Valentino gown and Jared Leto dressed up as Lagerfeld's cat companion, Choupette, to name a few—an unexpected guest stole the show: a cockroach. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Last night, Vulture posted footage of a real cockroach climbing up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and followers had the best reactions. One commenter asked, "What was she wearing??!" Meanwhile, another follower got their snark on by writing, "Best dressed for sure." A third kept it simple by stating, "New York finest."

Funny as it may be, spotting a cockroach in your space—let alone at a high-profile event like the Metropolitan Gala—is slightly terrifying. So how did this even happen in the first place? Cockroaches notoriously thrive in warm, humid conditions—and the National Weather Service notes that yesterday's relative humidity reached a high of 93 percent. (Translation: The first Monday of May was pretty humid, and the droves of people, warm lights, and flashing cameras probably didn't help the situation, either.) Cockroaches also love food scraps and garbage, and since the Met Gala is held smack-dab in the center of New York City, we wouldn't be surprised if they were contributing factors too.

If cockroaches can infiltrate the Met Gala, they definitely can crash your next party. Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep creepy-crawlies from making an unexpected appearance. To prevent cockroaches and other pests, keep your living space clean and free of crumbs and spills. This will reduce the food source for them and other pests. Sealing cracks and crevices in your walls and floors will help stop insects from entering your home, while sticky traps and bait stations can attract and capture pests on your patio or deck.

But above all else, regularly inspect your home for signs of an infestation, such as droppings or shed skins, and take immediate action if you find any. Though the Met's cockroach loved being in the limelight, most cockroaches, crave tight, dark spaces, so be sure to check your pantry, powder room, and coat closet. By addressing the situation—and calling an exterminator—you'll be able to keep this party foul away.

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