The American cockroach lives for about two and a half years. Its adult life lasts approximately a year and a half, and the nymphal stage lasts 11 to 14 months. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches, many with similar adult lifespans.
The cockroach has been around since the Carboniferous period, which took place about 315 million years ago. These insects vary in size from 3 millimeters to 80 millimeters. Size does not seem to affect a cockroach's lifespan; the Oriental cockroach has a life cycle similar to that of the American cockroach, even though it is a smaller species.Learn More
Cockroaches do bite, and documentation indicates that they eat dead and live human flesh. When large populations are unable to find food in garbage cans or from available food around the house, the insects may bite exposed areas such as fingernails, feet and hands.Full Answer >
Cockroaches enter homes and buildings through open spaces, as well as small cracks and holes that surround pipes and doorways. While the common belief is that cockroaches are only attracted to unclean areas, they are known to invade clean homes and dwellings as well, as they are searching for moist, warm shelter. Once inside, cockroaches are attracted to food, garbage and water sources.Full Answer >
The physical appearance of cockroaches varies depending on what stage of life the insects are in as well as their specific breed. Male and female cockroaches also vary in appearance: males are generally much larger than females and have different colors and body shapes.Full Answer >
Slugs live in decaying plants, mulch, weeds and yard waste. Slugs also choose moist areas that are created when plants receive watering or rain in the late afternoon.Full Answer >