If you’re having issues with cockroaches or any other pantry pests, then it is time to call your Broken Arrow exterminator. Cockroaches are a filthy insect that will find their way into our homes and feed upon our food. They love to live in our pantries and kitchen areas and feed upon the dirty dishes, and any left out food materials that they can find. These insects carry a lot of diseases and can cause basic unsanitary conditions in your home if you’re not careful. So in this article, let us take a good hard, look at cockroaches, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect your home from these insects.


There are essentially four different kind of pest cockroaches that we find here in northeastern Oklahoma. The first two of those cockroaches are indoor cockroaches. The German cockroach is the most prolific cockroach that we find and we got walk into most kitchens in this part of the country. This small brown cockroaches are about 3/4 of an inch long and have the light brown to yellow highlighting on the armor right behind their heads. Nine times out of ten, if we walk into a home that has a problem with cockroaches, this is going to be the cockroach that we find. German cockroaches are somewhat unique, in the fact that the females actually carry their young on the back. They will lay their eggs in an egg sack, known as an ootheca, and then carry that sack until those young hatch from their eggs.

The next indoor cockroach is the brown banded cockroach. This cockroach looks a lot like the German cockroach except it has three yellowish brown bands around its abdomen. These insects actually have full wings not just wing pads and can use them to flutter down if they are threatened. They are usually found higher up on the wall behind a wall hanging and other paintings. While nowhere near as numerous as the German cockroach, these brown banded cockroaches can be found in many different homes in Oklahoma. If you’re having an issue with cockroaches, contact your Broken Arrow exterminator today.


The last two types of cockroaches that we commonly find in pest situations in Oklahoma are both outdoor cockroaches. The first one is the American cockroach. This is the largest cockroach that we encounter. It’s about 2 to 3 inches long, brown in color and a pretty scary sight to see. While these insects can scare many people, they are harmless, and in most cases scared of us. They’re really not drawn to our food sources or kitchen areas but they are drawn to anywhere that they can find moisture. If you’re seeing these kinds of cockroaches in your home, you may have a leak in your foundation or a plumbing issue. It’s important to not only contact your plumber but also your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.

The last pest cockroach that we find in Oklahoma is the oriental cockroach. This cockroach is about 2 1/2 inches long and black in color. It’s a little fatter than the American cockroach, but no less scary. These cockroaches are often associated with drainage ditches. They love to eat dead plant material and seek out moisture whenever they can. Just like the American cockroach, these insects are going to be found if you have a foundation leak or a plumbing leak. If this is the case, you may need to call not only a plumber but your Broken Arrow exterminator as well to help get rid of them once they’re in your home.


These insects are at the bottom of the food chain. They eat just about anything from processed foods to dead plant and animal material. These insects are often associated with filthy things and eat them often. They eat each other’s droppings, the dead bodies of other cockroaches, and fill our sewer systems foraging for food. Because of this, they are often encountering bacteria, and carrying these diseases on their exoskeleton. In order to keep this out of your home you will need to keep these cockroaches out of your home. E. coli and salmonella are often found on these insects. These dangerous bacteria could be carried to your food preparation area and deposited there even without the presence of raw chicken, or some other commonly associated dangerous food item.

Because they’re commonly found in sewers and another dirty places, unsanitary conditions follow, everywhere they go. In fact, if you can keep your house clean, in most cases, this will do a large amount of help in keeping these bugs out of your home. Washing dishes, and taking care of food items after you’re done with them makes a huge difference in keeping these bugs out of your home. Often grease falls down between the countertop and the oven. This grease can be a great place for these insects to find a meal if you’re not paying attention. 

The motor areas of appliances are great another area where these insects love to hide. The heat from the motor areas keeps them going and they love to spend their time there. This is another place you may find them. Often there are gaps in the cabinets where construction of the cabinets has happened. These gaps are great places for these insects to hide. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with cockroaches.


If you’re having an issue with cockroaches or any other pest control problems, then its time to call in a pest control company you can trust. 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, Coweta, Claremore, Tulsa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso, Turley, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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