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You’ve probably heard that if you see one cockroach, there are probably hundreds or even thousands of them. Their prolific breeding is one of the reasons why one can end up with literally thousands of cockroaches in a single home.
Just one cockroach female can produce hundreds of young during a relatively short space of time. They mature quickly and begin to reproduce too, so the numbers grow exponentially. A single female can produce up to 50 eggs at a time and will do so between four and eight times in her lifespan. A bit of simple mathematics shows us that just 10 female cockroaches can produce up to 4,000 young. That’s a lot of cockroaches and we aren’t even counting the roachy grandchildren!