The idea of cockroaches multiplying in your home can make anyone anxious. In just a few months, you can go from a few roaches to a major infestation. Understanding the cockroach life cycle can help you in your quest to get rid of them.
Female cockroach laying an egg capsule by Toby Hudson
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A German roach infestation can grow extremely rapidly because the average length of time that it takes to reach sexual maturity is only around 60 days. On the other hand, larger roach species, like the American roach, may take 6-12 months to reach adulthood. The lifespan of a roach also depends a lot on the species, but some can live 2-3 years. That means that over her lifetime, a female roach can produce hundreds of young.