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CockroachesBiology
American cockroaches can produce 6-14 egg capsules, each containing 14-16 eggs each, in one mating season.

CockroachesBiology
Cockroaches can withstand temperatures as cold as 32°F. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans.

CockroachesBiology
The brown-banded cockroach often hides her egg capsules, containing up to 18 eggs, in furniture.

CockroachesBiology
Female German cockroaches can produce one egg capsule every 20 to 25 days. Each capsule contains from 18 to 48 eggs.

CockroachesBiology
Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days.

CockroachesBiology
Adult German cockroaches can live up to one year.

CockroachesBiology
A cockroach that has just shed its skeleton is white with black eyes. After eight hours, it has regained its regular coloring.

CockroachesFun Fact
A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes.

CockroachesFun Fact
Cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting.

CockroachesFun Fact
The world's largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan

CockroachesFun Fact
A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink water and dies of thirst.

CockroachesFun Fact
Cockroaches can live without food for one month, but will only survive a week without water.

CockroachesFun Fact
Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour.

CockroachesFun Fact
Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space to hide: 4.5 mm or a space as tall as two stacked nickels.

CockroachesFun Fact
The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.

CockroachesFun Fact
A one-day-old baby cockroach, which is about the size of a speck of dust, can run almost as fast as its parents.

CockroachesFun Fact
The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.

CockroachesFun Fact
The German cockroach is not really German. In fact, the Germans call it the Prussian cockroach. It is thought to have originated in Southern Asia.

CockroachesGeography
Most cockroach species live in the tropics but they can make their home all over the world, including the North and South Poles.

CockroachesHealth
1 in 4 people are sensitive to cockroaches.

CockroachesHealth
Over 5 million children are sensitive to cockroaches.

CockroachesHealth
Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family's health.

CockroachesHealth
Cockroaches have been implicated in allergy and asthma from people breathing in aerosolized pieces of their broken down exoskeletons/cuticles.

CockroachesHealth
Detectable levels of cockroach allergens can be found in at least one location in 63% of all U.S. homes.

CockroachesHealth
11% of U.S. living room floors and 13% of kitchen floors exhibit elevated concentrations of cockroach allergens, levels previously found to be associated with significantly increased allergic sensitization.

CockroachesHealth
Cockroach allergens are derived from secretions, excretions, dead bodies, and associated debris.

CockroachesHealth
Children who are both allergic and heavily exposed to cockroach allergen miss school more often, need nearly twice as many unscheduled asthma-related doctor visits, and have more difficulty sleeping than other children.

CockroachesHistory
Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.

CockroachesPrevalence
There are 5,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.

CockroachesPrevalence
In 2005, more people in the South mentioned having problems with cockroaches (26%) than anywhere else in the country.

CockroachesProperty
The German cockroach is the most common cockroach found in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets and restaurants.