Cockroaches are an issue that your Tulsa exterminator excels at dealing with. These pantry pests get into our kitchen pantries in an attempt to eat the same food that we do. They are tropical pests that love the temperatures that we keep our homes that. There are essentially the perfect parasite for our living in our lifestyle. But with these pests, also comes some dangers. These insects carry many different diseases and cause problems for all sorts of different situations. In this article, let us take a good hard look at cockroaches, their life cycle and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to keep them out of your home.


In Oklahoma we have essentially four types of cockroaches that become pests. The first two cockroaches are indoor cockroaches that we find often in peoples homes. The first cockroach is the German cockroach. This is the most common cockroach in the mix. We see more of these than any other kind of infestation. These small brown cockroaches have a yellowish outline on the armor behind their head. They’re about 3/4 of an inch long and love to stay low, hiding behind appliances and in cupboards. We often see these insects crawling across countertops and hiding in the hinges of your cupboard doors.

The next indoor cockroach that we see often is the brown banded cockroach. This cockroach is a brown cockroach about the same size as the German cockroach, but it is unique, in the fact that it has three yellowish bands around its abdomen. These cockroaches tend to be a little higher on the wall. Often we see them hiding behind pictures and wall hangings. If startled, these cockroaches will often use their wings to fly down below. While no cockroach really flies, the brown banded cockroach will use their wings to glide down and get away from a predator. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with all these cockroaches.


The next two species of cockroaches that we find as pests in Oklahoma homes are actually outdoor cockroaches. The American cockroach is the first of these. It’s the behemoth of the group. It is about 3 inches long and a brown in color. Often it will startle people in their homes if they see this insect making its way inside. American cockroaches, like all outdoor cockroaches, are not necessarily attracted to our food, but they are attracted to high water situations. Whenever there’s a damp area or an area of high humidity, you will find these insects. Often American cockroaches are synonymous with a breaking plumbing line or with a crawlspace type home. These crawlspaces often keep a lot of water in them.

The next outdoor cockroach that we see often is the oriental cockroach. This cockroach is a little shorter than the American cockroach, but black and quite fat. This insect is often found in the drainage ditches and feeds upon dying and dead organic matter. These insects will make their way inside if they find a broken plumbing line or cracks in the foundation that they can make the way through. It’s the moisture working through these areas what draws them into our homes. If you are having an issue with either of these cockroaches, you probably will need to call a plumber plus your Tulsa exterminator to get them out.


Cockroaches are filthy little animals. They often feed upon dead animals, dead plants, and raw sewage. Droppings are a small feast for these disgusting little insects. Because of this, they can carry diseases wherever they go. The bacteria from all these filthy things gets on them and can be dropped all over the place. In addition, these insects molt often. This means that they shed their exoskeleton. When they do this, they release a dust off of the exoskeleton into the air. Dead cockroaches will also do the same thing, releasing bits and pieces of their exoskeleton and legs all the way into the air. This can cause asthma situations in children. It’s important to get cockroaches out of your house.

Often we will see on the top of cupboards, and in the cracks of the doors the droppings of these insects. The small black dots are crusted all across these areas. Seeing this tells us that this is a place where these insects tend to stay. When this happens and you see these areas of high density, it’s time to contact your Tulsa Exterminator to get rid of these insects.


In most cases, when people find the cockroaches in their home, they immediately get a can of pesticide from their favorite hardware store. They’ll spray this all over the place, trying to get rid of these bugs. These pesticides have two parts to them. The first part is a knockdown agent. This knockdown agent allows the spray to kill a bug if you spray it directly. The knockdown agent breaks down in a matter of minutes, and no longer has any effect. 

Because of this, the second pesticide found in these canisters is a repellent pesticide. That means that cockroaches can smell it and will run away from it. The problem with this, is that you can create a barrier that these insects can’t get through. If they are stuck in a wall behind an appliance, they will continue to reproduce back there until their numbers are larger than when you started.

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

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