Cockroaches are an issue that you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can handle. These pantry pests will get into your home and attempt to eat your food and contaminate your life. It’s important that you get rid of these insects because they can carry so many different diseases up on their bodies. Cockroaches are a telltale sign of unsanitary conditions and need to be eliminated as soon as possible. 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 your home from these insects.


There are essentially four different kinds of cockroaches that find themselves as pests here in Oklahoma. The most prolific are the first two which are indoor cockroaches. The German cockroaches are the first and most often seen cockroach in Oklahoma. These small brown cockroaches are about 3/4 of an inch long and have a yellowish pattern on the armor right behind their head, known as a protonum. These insects love to get into our food and reproduce very quickly. The female is unique in the fact that when she lays her eggs, she doesn’t hide them in the wall somewhere, she will actually create an egg sack called an ootheca that she will carry with her. These eggs will stay with her until they hatch and then the young will leave.

The second kind of indoor cockroach that we often see as a pest here in Oklahoma is the brown banded cockroach. This is also a brown cockroach about 3/4 of an inch long but it has three different yellow bands around its abdomen. These insects are much more likely to be higher up on the wall. They like to hide behind things, such as clocks and other wall hangings. If they’re startled, they’re much more likely to use their wings to flutter down below. There are no known cockroaches in Oklahoma that actually can fly but many kinds that have wings for this kind of purpose. If you are having any problems with cockroaches, just contact your Broken Arrow pest-control company for help.


The next two species of cockroach are also found often as pests in Oklahoma, but these cockroaches are specifically outdoor cockroaches. The first of these two cockroaches are the American cockroach. This is the largest of the bunch. Coming in at about 3 inches long, this insect is massive and brown and ugly. It will scare most people if they’re seen. But the truth is these gentle giants are also scared of us if they were to meet one of us. These insects are uninterested in our pantry and food supplies, but will follow moisture wherever they can. Often a leak in the foundation or plumbing is the cause of these insects finding their way to our homes. So if you see an American cockroach, then its time to contact not only your Broken Arrow pest-control company but also a plumber.

The oriental cockroach is the last of these pest cockroaches found in Oklahoma. These black cockroaches are just a little bit smaller than the American at about 2 3/4 of an inch. They’re all black and a little fatter than the American cockroach. In most cases, these cockroaches are found in drainage ditches feeding on dead plant material. These insects also will follow moisture into our homes if allowed to. Contacting your plumber and your Broken Arrow pest control company is a great idea, if you’re seeing these insects anywhere inside your home.


The first knee-jerk reaction for most people when they see a cockroach is to grab the can of pesticide and spray away. This is probably the worst thing you can do. Over the counter, pesticides usually have two components to them. There’s a knock down agent and a repellent pesticide. The knockdown agent will usually last a couple minutes once it’s sprayed from the can, but it is very effective at killing insects right upon in impact. 

There is the repellent pesticide on the other hand, that will last up to 30 days. This pesticide can be easily sensed by cockroaches and other insects, and they are repelled by it. This means if you spray a lot of it, you’re going to trap them in a wall cavity or behind an appliance or somewhere where you can’t get to them. For the next 30 days they’ll sit back and reproduce in their numbers while they wait for the repellent pesticide to break down. Once it does, you’ll have a larger problem when you started.


If you contact your Broken Arrow pest control company, they have multiple ways of eliminating these insects that is very effective. Non-repellent sprays are great for taking care of these insects. In addition, there are dusts that can be used to get into cracks and crevices were normally you can’t spray into. And lastly, we have baits that these insects can feed upon and take back to their harborage point feeding the other young cockroaches. This can wipe out an entire colony of these insects. They may be in and around your home. If you’re seeing a large cockroach on your countertop, this is an older adult. There are often many more young juveniles, hidden inside of walls or inside some gap. Killing all of them is of utmost importance.

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

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