A cockroach infestation can spread quickly because of high reproductive rates, so it can be disheartening to find out that female cockroaches can live long enough to produce over 200 offspring. The average lifespan of a cockroach is about one year, but that number varies by species, gender, and outside factors like food supply, habitat, and temperature.
German cockroaches have one of the highest reproductive rates. They can lay 20-40 eggs in each egg case, known as an oothecae, and these eggs hatch in around 28 days. Fortunately, German roaches also have one of the shortest lifespans of pest cockroach species at 100-200 days.
On the other end of the lifespan spectrum are the larger species of pest cockroaches like the American roach and the Oriental roach. These species often live for over a year. In the right conditions or when cared for as a pet, these roaches can live longer than 2 years. That is a long time to keep reproducing. On average, a female American roach will produce 9-10 oothecae, but some can produce up to 90! Suddenly, it becomes alarmingly apparent why roach control is such an important topic.
Catching a roach infestation early can really make a difference in the amount of time, energy, and money that it will take to get rid of them. Although you can hire a professional to help with roach control, it is much less expensive to do it yourself. PF Harris specializes in home pest control products that will save you valuable time and money and will work just as well. Try a liquid insecticide to treat roach harborages around your home. You can also place our boric acid roach tablets or powder in hard to reach areas under sinks and appliances. PF Harris will help you get rid of the roaches for good.