If you’re having an issue with cockroaches or any other pests, then it’s time to call a Broken Arrow pest control company that you can trust. Cockroaches are pests that we find often in kitchens and pantries. These insects love to get into our home and eat our food. In addition to eating our food, they also are very adept at spreading disease, and causing all sorts of problems. Sanitation is a huge issue when cockroaches are involved. This article is a good hard look at cockroaches, their life cycle and what you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can do to stop them from entering your kitchen.


Cockroaches develop using an incomplete metamorphosis. This means that the female will lay them as an egg inside a crack or crevice somewhere. She will then leave the eggs to fend for themselves. The only exception to this rule is the German cockroach. These cockroaches will lay their eggs in a bag known as an ootheca. This ootheca will then be carried on the back of the female until these eggs hatch. Regardless of what kind of cockroach we’re talking about, the egg will hatch, and a nymph will emerge. 

This nymph will be a smaller version of the adult cockroach. It will immediately seek to find food and water to continue its process of growth. As it grows, it will eventually outgrow its exoskeleton. This means that now it must molt. The process of molting is when the insect will shed its exoskeleton. A new more supple exoskeleton will be underneath, allowing the cockroach to grow larger than it had before. Without the ability to molt, the cockroach will die. There are certain kinds of pesticides that are used against cockroaches that inhibit the hormones that allow it to molt. These growth inhibitors are great at taking care of the second generation of cockroaches. Adding this to normal pesticides intended to kill the adult cockroaches, and it will wipe out any eggs or larva that may find a way to survive after the pesticide has done its work.


Cockroaches are the cleanup crew of mother nature. They are found often eating dead animals, dead plant materials and refuse, such as droppings and dung. This includes the raw sewage that we find in our sewer systems. Because they’re in contact with such filthy food items, they often are covered in bacteria. If these cockroaches find a way into your pantry and start eating on the food that you eat, they can spread that bacteria all over your food. This is obviously a situation where disease can run rampant.

In addition to the bacteria that they carry on them, they also cause problems when they molt. These old exoskeletons are discarded anywhere that they can find. As they break down, they omit a lot of dust into the air. When cockroaches die, they also do the same thing. Small bits of legs and other body parts break apart, leaving this dust to fly through the air and be breathed by us. Scientists have found a connection between heavy cockroach populations and asthma in young children. Because of this dust, people can suffer respiratory issues, not just asthma, but many different respiratory problems. It’s so important that if you have a problem with cockroaches, you contact your Broken Arrow pest control to get rid of them.


When people find that they have a cockroach issue, the first gut reaction is to grab a can of raid and spray. While spraying directly on a cockroach will kill it, this will not take care of the problem. When you see one cockroach that pretty much ensures there’s a lot more somewhere else. These insects can hide inside of walls or behind appliances, or any number of places that you’ll never be able to get to. 

But in addition to the knock down agent inside these cans of pesticide, they also emit a residual repellent pesticide. This is a pesticide that cockroaches and other insects can sense, and they don’t like it. They will run away from it if they can smell it. If you spray too much of that, you can trap a group of cockroaches into a gap or wall, where you can never get to. They will continue to reproduce until the pesticide breaks down and when it does, then the floodgates will open. You’ll have a bigger problem after you spray this pesticide then when you first started. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help.  


In order to eliminate cockroaches, it’s so important to maintain a high level of sanitation. Keeping things clean, helps to keep these bugs away. If you leave out dirty dishes or a pan half full of grease, these insects will find them, especially at night. They’ll make a meal out of anything that they can eat inside and around your dishes. In addition, you need to watch your pantry areas for spilled sugar or flour or other food items that they could get to that could be fed upon. You don’t want to do anything to invite these pesky pests into your home.

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

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