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Cockroaches

Cockroaches inhabited Earth long before the dinosaurs did. Today, some 4,000 species of these hardy and adaptable insects appear worldwide.

Only a small number of roach species qualify as household pests. Among them is the American cockroach, actually an imported species. At the flick of a light switch, these speedy insects can scurry away at the human equivalent of 200 mph.

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