How long can a cockroach live without food and water?


American cockroaches have been known to live up to three months without food and a month without water. AnswerParty!

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The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also known as the waterbug, or misidentified as the palmetto bug (see Florida woods cockroach for the differences), is the largest species of common cockroach, and often considered a pest. None of the Periplaneta species are endemic to the Americas; despite the name, P. americana was introduced to the United States from Africa as early as 1625. They are now common in tropical climates because human activity has extended the insect's range of habitation, and global shipping has transported the insects to world ports including the Southern United States, Canary Islands, southern Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Taiwan, India, South Africa and Azores (Portugal).

The Cockroaches were an Australian pub rock group active throughout the 1980s. Founded in 1979 by brothers, Paul (lead vocals), John (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Anthony Field (lead guitar, vocals); and Tony Henry on drums. They were joined in 1981 by Jeff Fatt on keyboards. In 1986 they signed with an independent label, Regular Records, which issued their first three albums, including The Cockroaches (March 1987), which peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart; it shipped 70,000 copies and was certified platinum by their label. The album provided, "She's the One", which became the band's biggest hit when it peaked at No. 9 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart in April 1987. During 1988 The Daily Telegraph declared The Cockroaches were the Hardest Working Rock'n'Roll Band in the country as they had played over 300 gigs in a year. The Cockroaches released their third album, Positive, in June 1991 and left their label by the end of that year. In March 1994 they issued their fourth album, St. Patrick's Day 10am, on their own Roach Records. Australian musicologist, Glenn A. Baker, described their sound as "rangy, loose-limbed, good-natured, energetic, self-effacing, intuitive, harmonic, melodic, enduring, soused and fiercely frantic". A compilation album, Hey Let’s Go – The Best of the Cockroaches was released by Festival Records in 1999.

In September 1988, the band were promoting their second album, Figertips, when Paul's infant daughter died of SIDS. Although devastated the group continued with a lower profile – Anthony left to resume his university studies but returned periodically to record their later studio albums. Early in 1991 Anthony and Fatt, founded a children's music group, The Wiggles. The Cockroaches alumni served as musical and performing support for the new group: John wrote much of their music, Paul became their manager, and Henry performed with them. The Wiggles used many of The Cockroaches' business practices and reworked some of their songs into the children's music genre. Members of The Cockroaches have pursued other music careers with John and Paul forming The Field Brothers, and Henry being a session musician.

The oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis), also known as the waterbug, is a large species of cockroach, measuring about 1 in (2.5 cm) in length at maturity. It is dark brown to black in color and has a glossy body. The female Oriental cockroach has a somewhat different appearance to the male, appearing to be wingless at casual glance but has two very short and useless wings just below her head. She has a wider body than the male. The male has long wings, which cover a majority of his body and are brown in color, and has a narrower body. The odd male is capable of very short flights, ranging about 2 to 3 meters. The female oriental cockroach looks somewhat similar to the Florida woods cockroach, and may be mistaken for it.

The oriental cockroach tends to travel somewhat more slowly than other species. They are often called "waterbugs" since they prefer dark, moist places. They can often be found around decaying organic matter, and in sewers, drains, damp basements, porches, and other damp locations. They can be found outside in bushes, under leaf groundcover, under mulch, and around other damp places outdoors. They are major household pests in parts of the northwest, mid-west, and southern United States.

Oggy and the Cockroaches (also known as Oggy et les Cafards in French, often shortened to Oggy) is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company.

A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people.

In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of a combination of both hazard/s and vulnerability. Hazards that strike in areas with low vulnerability will never become disasters, as is the case in uninhabited regions.


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