Cockroaches can be eliminated by your Tulsa pest control company. Cockroaches are pantry pests that attempt find a way into our homes and businesses and cause a ruckus in kitchens and pantries everywhere. These insect multiply extremely fast and carry many diseases on them. They are unsanitary in every way and problematic. Keeping these pantry pests out of your home or businesses is of the upmost importance in protecting your loved ones. So in this article, let’s take a good hard look at cockroaches, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa pest control company can do to protect your home and business from these invaders.


There are two predominant species of cockroach that make their way into our homes and infest our food. The first is the German cockroach. I would say 70 to 80% of the infestations that we deal with here at TermMax pest control are German cockroach problems. This roach is about 3/4 of an inch long, brown in color and has yellow to light brown markings directly behind its head. These insects are tropical pests that have to have warm temperatures in order to survive. This is pretty much true for all of our cockroaches. The German cockroach will hitch a ride on a pant leg or some other way and get into your home.

The second indoor cockroach that we deal with often are brown banded cockroaches. These cockroaches are about the same size and shape as the German cockroach, but they’re easily denoted by the three yellowish bands around their abdomen area. While German cockroaches have have wing pads that are non-functioning wings, the brown banded cockroach has actual wings. Now it can’t fly, but if startled, they will jump from high places, using its wings to flutter down. These insects tend to be higher on the wall than your average German cockroach. They like to hide behind pictures and other wall hangings. These pantry pests will find a way into your food supplies as well. Contact you are Tulsa pest-control company for helping dealing with cockroaches.


There are two species of cockroach that find their way inside our homes that are considered outdoor cockroaches. The first of them is the American cockroach. This behemoth is almost 3 inches long, and a light brown in color. It is the size of the roach that scares many people but in reality, these insects are harmless. They’re not after our food or anything else, but they are drawn to water. Often we see these insects in our sewer systems and they can make their way into our homes through cracks in the foundation or broken pipe lines. If you’re seeing these insects in your home, it is important for you take a good hard look to see if you’ve got any plumbing issues or any moisture issues in your home.

The last pest cockroach that we find are oriental cockroaches. These outdoor cockroaches are black in color and about 2 1/2 inches long. There are fatter cockroaches than the American cockroach. You will find these insects mostly outside in drainage ditches feeding upon dying and dead plant matter. Much like the American cockroach, these insects are drawn to moisture. Broken plumbing lines and foundation cracks are usually the source of a manifestation of these kinds of insects. They’re not interested at all in our food supplies, but can find a way in the basement and crawlspaces in an effort to find moisture. Contact your Tulsa pest-control company for help with getting rid of any cockroaches.


At the first sign of a cockroach, most people will run to the hardware store and grab a can of pesticide. This is probably the worst thing you can do. Over-the-counter pesticides are made up of two pesticidal products. The first is a knock down agent. This gives the spray the ability to kill an insect on contact. So, if you spray directly on a cockroach that’s on your countertop, it will die immediately. This pesticide breaks down in a matter of minutes. 

The second part of the pesticide is what causes all the problems. It’s a repellent type pesticide that hangs around for about 30 days. If you spray this excessively all over your countertops, you can trap cockroaches in a gap in the wall, or a spot behind an appliance. Because they have nothing else to do, they will simply wait and reproduce, creating many more insects. After the 30 days up, the roaches will come back out and you’ll have a bigger problem when you started.


Some newer pesticide options in your hardware store are the roach baits and the bait stations. While roach baits and bait stations can be effective against roaches, placement is key. Most people don’t know where and how to place these pest control products. Because of this, they are ineffective at best. Wherever roaches congregate, you will often see their droppings. These are a small grain like substance that looks kind of like black pepper. It’ll be stuck to a section of your cupboard or behind the door. This is where they’ve been congregating. 

These are great places to be putting baits. If you’re seeing cockroaches, you’re going to see the larger older ones. The smaller younger ones are going to stay hidden in a wall void or behind something hidden. The larger older adults will go out foraging for food and not only will they eat food and bring some back, but they also have some stuck to their bodies and legs. When they come back, the babies will eat the food from their bodies and legs and whatever they carry. This is how these baits function.

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

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