Cockroach issues are easy for Broken Arrow pest control companies to take care of for you. These insects are a pantry pest that find their way into our homes in an attempt to get to our kitchens and pantries. They eat our food, live in our homes and spread disease anyway they can. These filthy insects are quite harmful to us and our love ones because of the unsanitary conditions that they represent and bring with them. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at cockroaches, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from these terrible insects.


Cockroaches are mother nature’s cleanup crew. They feed upon all the things that nobody else wants in order to gain sustenance. They’ll feed on droppings of animals, raw sewage, dead animals or plants, and even droppings from their own brothers and sisters. Because of this, they carry many different bacteria and viruses on their legs and exoskeletons. These diseases can be quickly spread to your home or to your love ones. And because they’re attempting to get into our food sources, often they can contaminate them with these contagious diseases. Cockroaches often carry E. coli and salmonella on their exoskeleton‘s. That means that if they walk across your countertop, it’s possible that they could spread these diseases, even though you haven’t had any dangerous meats anywhere near your kitchen.

In addition to these diseases that they can spread, these insects can cause asthma especially in children. There are many different studies that have shown that inner city apartment complexes with large cockroach issues have a much higher occurrence rate of asthma in children. This is because these insects molt or shed their exoskeletons often. These exoskeletons will break down and produce a dust that gets into the air that is not good to breathe. This dust causes asthma. High insect populations will have many dead cockroaches and exoskeleton’s that are breaking down on a regular basis. If you are having issues with cockroaches, then you should contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help.


Cockroaches use an incomplete metamorphosis in order to develop into adults. These insects are actually closely related to ants and termites. Ants and termites are eusocial insects that use a colony and caste system to separate out their work. Cockroaches don’t necessarily have the eusocial aspects, but they do use a sense of community in order to provide for each other. Cockroaches will usually send out the oldest and largest cockroaches to forage for food. These cockroaches will feed and then track through different food items such as grease or other filthy foods and come back to the harborage point. The young will not only consume the foods that are stuck to the exoskeleton, but when the larger insects defecate, they will eat the droppings to gain nourishment from that.

When these insects develop, they are born as a nymph. The egg hatch revealing this small nymph. It will be a smaller version of the larger adult cockroach. These nymphs will grow and molt until they get to the adult stages. This incomplete metamorphosis works well for cockroaches, but also provides a lot of exoskeletons that are laying around and going to become dust that could cause asthma in children. Because of this, it’s important that you are actively eliminating these insects from your home. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with cockroaches.


At the first sight of a cockroach, most people will go and buy their favorite can of pesticide in order to take care of the issue. This is probably not a good idea. These over-the-counter pesticides have two components in them. The first component is a knock down agent. This is a short-lived pesticide that will kill upon contact. So, if you spray directly on a cockroach, the cockroach will die. But this pesticide will break down within a matter of minutes after being sprayed. 

The second component is a repellent spray that will last for about 30 days. This spray is what causes the problem. These insects can sense this pesticide and will run away from it. So if you create a border with it or trap these insects inside an area with it, then they will stay there until the repellant pesticide breaks down. This means that they will continue to reproduce and develop, bolstering their numbers. Once the pesticide breaks down and opens up the border that you created, you will most likely have a larger problem than when you started.


Your Broken Arrow pest control company will have the appropriate pesticide to do the job. These are non-repellent pesticides that the insects don’t even know that they are there. This means that they’ll walk through them, pick them up on their legs and exoskeleton, go back to the harborage point, and spread them around amongst their friends and family members. Then, as the pesticide takes affect, it will wipe out, not only the cockroaches that you see but also the cockroaches that are hidden inside walls or behind appliances. Getting these insects is imperative to controlling the entirety of the cockroach population. Because cockroaches reproduce so quickly, it’s important to stay ahead of them. Contact your Broken Arrow pest-control company for help with controlling cockroaches.

If you’re having an issue with cockroaches or any other insect, it’s time to call your Broken Arrow 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 the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Claremore, Catoosa, Coweta, Owasso, Turley, Sand Springs, Bixby, Jenks, Prattville, Sapulpa, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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