Cockroaches can be eliminated with the help of a Broken Arrow pest control company. Cockroaches are pantry pests that attack our kitchen pantries in search of food, shelter, and water. These parasites love to piggyback off of all the things that we have. In fact, they’ve become an invasive species that have found their way around the world by invading our living spaces. So it’s important to understand cockroaches in order to keep them out of your home and away from your loved ones. So in this article, let’s take a good hard look at cockroaches, their lifecycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can do to keep them from attacking you and your loved ones.


Cockroaches are actually closely related to ants and termites. While they don’t actually use a colony to house them selves and separate their workforce, they still use a community in order to survive. It’s not uncommon to see large numbers of cockroaches in the same place at the same time. Often the oldest cockroaches and largest will be the ones seen on the outside foraging for food. As they eat food and walk through it, they’ll pick some up on the outside of their exoskeleton. When they go back to their harborage point where the smaller cockroaches are, they will often allow the smaller roaches to eat the food particles off the sides of their exoskeleton. Droppings from the larger cockroaches will also feed these babies.

Cockroaches use an incomplete metamorphosis to develop. That means that once they lay their eggs, their offspring will come out as a nymph. This is a smaller version of the larger cockroach. It will continue to grow until it has to molt because it outgrows it’s exoskeleton. The process of molting is much like a snake shedding its skin. It will remove the exoskeleton that it’s in and reveal a new fresh exoskeleton to continue the process of growth further. This process is used against them by introducing a family of pesticides, known as insect growth regulator‘s or IGR. These pesticides stop these insects from being able to molt. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with cockroaches.


Here in northeast Oklahoma we have four different kinds of cockroaches that tend to become pests in our homes. The first two are indoor cockroaches known as the German cockroach and the brown banded cockroach. German cockroaches are the number one pest that we see when someone calls for a pantry pest situation. These cockroaches are about 3/4 of an inch long, brown in color, and have some highlights just behind their head. They love to eat our food and live in our kitchen spaces. These insects carry disease and must be eliminated if you find them in your home.

Next is the brown banded cockroach, which is often mistaken for German cockroaches. They are the same size and same color with exception of three bands around their abdomen. These cockroaches tend to be higher up on the walls and often flutter down, using their wings to glide if they are scared. Often we see hiding behind pictures and wall hangings. These insects also feed on the food that we have and survive in our kitchen and pantry spaces. All cockroaches are tropical pests that enjoy the temperatures that we enjoy in our homes. Bitter cold, and extreme heats of the outdoors would end the lives of both of these cockroaches if they found them there. If you are having problems with cockroaches, contact in Broken Arrow pest control company for help.


The two outdoor cockroaches that we find, often becoming pests here in northeastern Oklahoma, are the American cockroach and the oriental cockroach. American cockroaches are a large cockroach, about 3 inches long and brown in color. This huge behemoth usually is seeking moisture when it finds its way into our homes. These insects don’t eat our food or have any reason to be inside our house other than to follow the moisture that may be coming in through a leak in the foundation or a plumbing issue. If you see a lot of these insects then it maybe time to contact your plumber, and make sure everything’s OK with your plumbing.

The oriental cockroach is a little smaller than the American cockroach. It’s black in color and about 2 1/2 inches long and quite fat. This cockroach loves to stay in drainage ditches and sewers and feeds upon dead and dying organic materials. They will also follow moisture into our home. Foundation leaks, and plumbing issues can cause an insect to find its way inside. Again, if you see an excessive number of either of these cockroaches, it’s time to call a plumber with the addition of a Broken Arrow pest control company in order to get rid of them.


Keeping a clean home is the number one thing that you can do to keep cockroaches out of it. If you leave dishes in the sink, this can be a buffet for the average cockroach. It could feed their family for weeks. It’s important to keep these things clean and taken care of. Often teenagers will throw dirty plates and dishes underneath there beds and forget about them. This also can be a great place for cockroaches to set up shop and grow their families to huge and terrible numbers.

If you’re having issues with cockroaches or any other pests, then it’s time to contact a Broken Arrow pest-control company that can help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business, when it comes to dealing with cockroaches or any of the pantry pests. Check out what our customers have to say! We service the greater Tulsa area including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Jenks, Turley, Bixby, Owasso, Prattville, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, and so much more. Call today for free estimate. We’re here to help!

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