Call your Tulsa exterminator if you think you have a cockroach issue. Living with cockroaches is something that no one should have to do. There are many solutions that can protect you, your home and your loved ones from these insects. In the winter time we see an uptick in these insects as they try to come inside to get away from the cold weather of the winter. It’s important that you protect your family and your love ones, especially during these times. In this article, let’s take a good look at cockroaches, their lifecycle, and how your Tulsa exterminator can help you get rid of these insects and keep them out of your home.


Cockroaches come in four common types. The most often encountered type of cockroaches is the German cockroach. This cockroach is about 3/4 of an inch to an inch long and brown in color. The Pronotum or plate behind its head has a unique light yellow pattern to it. These insects love to get into your pantries and kitchen areas in feed on the food that we eat. The second most common cockroach that we find in Oklahoma is the brown banded cockroach. This cockroach is about the same size as the German cockroach and has also brown coloring to it. The unique part about it is the light yellow rings, going around the abdomen of the insect. Brown banded cockroaches are often found higher up on the wall than the German cockroach. These cockroaches also enjoy feeding on our food and living in our homes.

The third kind of cockroach that we find often in Oklahoma is the American cockroach. This cockroach is the largest of the common ones. It’s usually between two and three inches long and brown in color. These insects don’t feed off the same foods that we eat. So it’s not often that you find them in your kitchens or pantry areas. American cockroaches are bottom feeders, and often will be found around plumbing issues and water areas. They feed off of dead or organic material such as carcasses, dead plant matter or sewage. If you’re seeing these in your home, it’s probably time to call plumber. Your Tulsa exterminator will have more information.  


The oriental cockroach is the last of the common cockroaches in Oklahoma. It’s a little smaller than American cockroach at about 2 inches in length and jet black in color. It’s a little wider than the American cockroach as well. These cockroaches are almost always found outside. They love to live in ditches and streams or anywhere that’s near water and they also feed on dead organic material. The only time we see them in our homes when they either stumble in or if we have plumbing issues. They will find their way in and stay near watery areas. This is not the kind of pest that you find in your kitchen and pantry.

Cockroaches can be a health hazard for many people. As a cockroach goes through its lifecycle, it will molt a number of times. When it does this, it will omit dust that gets in the air, and that can cause asthmatic reactions in people with asthma and children. In addition to this, when they feed on our food, often they will do so after having fed on some other rotting material, such as dung, sewage, or a carcass. Because of this, they can spread germs through their feet to our food sources causing people to get sick. This is yet another reason why it’s important to take care of these issues if you find yourself with a cockroach problem in your home. Contact a Tulsa exterminator for help.  


Cockroaches go through an incomplete lifecycle. This means that cockroaches will start by laying eggs in an egg bag name that’s named ootheca. Most cockroaches will find a crack or crevice or somewhere to hide their ootheca. Those cockroaches will leave the eggs there and the eggs will hatch and fend for themselves. The German cockroach is a little different in the fact that it carries its ootheca upon its back. Once that egg hatches, a nymph will emerge from egg. This is a smaller version of the adult cockroach. It will feed, grow and develop until it outgrows the exoskeleton it’s currently living in. Once it does this, it will have to molt in order to remove the exoskeleton. Much like a snake loses its skin, these insects will molt multiple times until they become an adult.

Cockroaches reproduce very quickly. They find themselves at the bottom of the food chain. These insects are food for many different kinds of predators. Because of this, they multiply very fast. The average ootheca has about 50 eggs in it, and and can produce multiple ootheca in their lifetime. Because of this, it is important to take care of these insects right away before a small problems becomes a large infestation. Your Tulsa exterminator can get the job done.  


It is important to use of the correct pesticides when we’re talking about cockroaches. Cockroaches like to hide and nest inside of walls and other gaps where we can’t get at without lots of damage to our homes. If you buy an over-the-counter spray, the sprays are repellent pesticides. That means that the insect can sense these pesticides, and they don’t like them, and will run away. Of course, if we spray them directly it will kill them, but spraying these pesticides will create barriers. If you create enough barriers, you will force the cockroaches into the walls or other gap. When this happens, they will start to reproduce and once those pesticides break down you’ll have a larger problem when you started. Because of this, it’s important to use non-repellent pesticides, which are available to your Tulsa exterminator.

If you’re having an issue with cockroaches or any other insect, it’s time to contact your Tulsa exterminator. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we’re the best in the business when it comes to dealing with cockroaches are other pests. We service agree to Tulsa area, including Owasso, Turley, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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