Female cockroaches can produce 10-40 eggs at a time. On average, the female releases 30 eggs in her life. Young cockroaches that hatch look the same as adult cockroaches, but are smaller and without wings. Depending on the type and configuration, cockroaches can live up to 12 months. These insects are cold-blooded animals and develop in warm and humid conditions. People prefer to stay in the kitchen and other food preparation areas so they can eat from food spills and have access to water.