Your Broken Arrow exterminator can help you eliminate cockroaches, and any other pantry pests that you might be dealing with. Cockroaches are a filthy insect. They get into our kitchens and pantries and feed upon the food that we eat. They can contaminate things with bacteria and other diseases, and cause a general lack of sanitation in your home or business. Keeping these insects out of your home is important in protecting your loved ones from their reach. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at cockroaches, their lifecycle and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect your selves and your home from cockroaches, and other pantry pests.


Cockroaches develop using an incomplete metamorphosis. This means that when they hatch from the egg, they will emerge, not as a larva, but as an actual nymph. A larva is the worm form of the insect, but in the case of the cockroach, they hatch as a nymph, which is a smaller version of the adult cockroach. These small cockroaches will fend for themselves once they’ve hatched from their egg. Cockroaches are actually closely related to ants and termites. While those insects are a colony insect, cockroaches are not quite that developed. They still use a community of cockroaches to develop and help one another, but they’re not as organized as the ants or termites.

The larger adult cockroaches that have been around for longer will go out and forage for food. They’ll walk through food and eat some of it and bring some back. When they get back to the harborage point, the small ones will gather on the large one, and will eat the food off the exoskeleton of the larger one. As the larger one defecates, it will also feed the smaller Insects on its excrement. As those insects develop, they will eventually get to the point where they outgrow their exoskeleton. At this point, they must remove their exoskeleton in order to produce another one that is flexible enough to continue the growth cycle. They do this through a process called molting. Much like a snake shedding its skin, they will shed their exoskeleton for a new one. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with cockroaches.


Once cockroaches have gone through a number of molts, they will eventually get to the point where they have become a full grown adult cockroach. At this point, they will search for a mate. Two cockroaches will mate, and then the female will be pregnant. She will seek out a place where she can lay her eggs. This will usually be a crack or a crevice somewhere where these eggs will be hidden and hopefully protected from predators. The exception to this is the German cockroach. This cockroach will actually lay her eggs in a special egg sack known as an ootheca. She will carry this egg sack on her back until the eggs hatch and the tiny nymphs exit and go off to fend for themselves.

Cockroaches are often spreaders of disease. It’s often that we see these insects in sewers and feeding on dead plant and animal material. They will pick up diseases and bacteria on their exoskeleton and carry them to wherever they’re going. Sometimes E. coli and salmonella can be transmitted through these insects. Because of this it’s important to keep them out of your home and away from your loved ones. They could possibly make someone sick especially if they’re in your food supply. They often defecate wherever they are at. You can tell when this is if you can see the small, black specs, that kind of look like grains of pepper. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with cockroaches.


The number one way of keeping cockroaches out of your home is to keep a clean home. If there’s no food and water for them to eat or drink, then there’s no reason for them to come into your home. The best way to do this is to keep your dishes clean. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight is a great way to invite a pest to your home for dinner. And if they come for dinner, they will stay. Also pull out your appliances from time to time and clean behind them. Often the sides of the stove have grease that has fallen down between the stove and the countertop. This grease is a great food source for these insects to feed off of.

Plumbing issues can also invite his insect inside. The larger cockroaches, such as the American and the our oriental cockroach, aren’t really interested in our food. But they love moist areas and if you’re having a plumbing leak that you don’t know about or possibly a foundation leak that’s leaking water, this could bring in these kinds of insects. These large cockroaches will set up shop and enjoy the nice cities of your home. In the meantime, they’ll bring their diseases and all their friends along with them. So avoid this by making sure your plumbing and your foundation is rock solid and has no issues. And of course you can contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with that and they can get you set up with a prevention program that will keep them out of your home.

If you’re having issues with cockroaches, or any other pest, then it is time to contact 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 pantry pests. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Claremore, Coweta, Catoosa, Jenks, Bixby, Sand Springs, Prattville, Sapulpa, Bixby, Owasso, Turley, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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