Geographical Range Worldwide
Habitat Various habitats; found in sewers and buildings; found outdoors in hollow trees, wood piles, and other shady areas
Scientific Name Periplaneta americana
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

Cockroaches are the stuff of legends -- clever, adaptable, seemingly indestructible. And yet, of the 4,000 known cockroach species, only 50 are considered "pest" insects. In fact, cockroaches' habit of feeding on rotting plants and animals makes them beneficial to numerous ecosystems.