If you are having any issues with cockroaches, or any other pests then it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator. In Oklahoma, cockroaches are a year-round problem. These tropical insects do not like the cold weather that we find ourselves in in the winter months. Because of this, These insects will find their way into your home, pantry or kitchen anyway that they can. It’s important that we protect our homes and businesses from these insects because they can spread disease and destroy food. In this article let us take a good hard look at cockroaches, their life cycle, and what we can do with our Tulsa exterminator to protect ourselves, and our loved ones.


Cockroaches are tropical insects. These stowaways were imported through shipping lanes and barges all over the world. Wherever you find humans, you’ll find a cockroach. Because they’re tropical in nature, they like warm temperatures that we find in our homes and businesses. Of course, in the summer months they may find a way outside, but they’re not going to go too far from their food source. Many homes have pantries and kitchens full of wonderful items that insects can feast upon. it’s important that we do our part to protect our homes from these insects.

One of the major issues that we find with people that are dealing with cockroaches is sanitation. Cockroaches need three things to survive like any other living organism. They need a place to live, or harborage, they need a source of food, and they need a source of water. Water can usually be found from condensation off of pipes or by going outside and finding water there. Your Tulsa exterminator can help. 


Often we see cockroaches finding their way into drains in and around plumbing, where they can consume the refuse and water that’s located there. But in the kitchen area, it’s important that you keep this area clean. Some people will leave a pan of grease out on the oven. This can be a buffet for a midnight snack for cockroaches in the area. Kids often will eat food in their room and then leave a plate with leftovers under a bed or behind a nightstand. These can also attract many cockroaches.

Cockroaches eat any kind of food that we enjoy as well. They can eat breads, fats, proteins, or anything else that we eat. Processed foods are not an issue for them. These insects in the wild are the trash collectors of the natural world. They feed on the refuse, carcasses and fallen organic material that they can find on the floor of the forest areas where they live. Call your Tulsa exterminator to get rid of cockroaches.  


Cockroaches do not go dormant, nor hibernate in the winter months. They simply find a warm place to stay and continue the process of growing, eating and reproducing. Because these insects find themselves at the bottom of the food chain, they have a lot of predators. These predators eat them in mass. In order to keep from going completely extinct from overpredation, cockroaches can reproduce very quickly. A single female cockroach can have multiple broods a year and each brood can have 50 to 60 eggs in it.

The cockroach life starts as an egg. These eggs are found in an egg sack known as an ootheca. Most species of cockroach will take the ootheca and hide it in a crack or crevice until the eggs hatch. The young cockroaches will survive for themselves. The German cockroach, which is very common in Oklahoma pantries and kitchens, is the one cockroach that actually carries its ootheca on its back. Your Tulsa exterminator will have more information.  


Once these eggs hatch, a nymph will emerge. A nymph is basically the same as an adult cockroach only much smaller. The nymph will feed and grow until it out grows its exoskeleton. At this point, it will molt or shed the exoskeleton much like a snake sheds its skin. It will do this multiple times before it reaches adulthood. Once it reaches adulthood, it will seek to mate. Males and females will pair up with each other. Once they do this does this, the female will lay her eggs the process will start all over again.

While cockroaches are very prolific in Oklahoma, their pest control status is not a problem that can’t be overcome. There are many over-the-counter solutions that you could find in your hardware store. But I would strongly advise against these kinds of solutions. Sprays and powders found in your hardware store are repellent pesticides. This means that if you spray the pesticide and a cockroach comes up to a repellant pesticide, it will run the other way. While it seems like a good idea, the problem is that the pesticide will deteriorate over time. If enough pesticide is sprayed around, it can trap cockroaches inside of walls, and other places that you just can’t get to. Contact your Tulsa exterminator today.  


If you have a group of cockroaches are trapped in a wall, they will continue to reproduce until the pesticide breaks down and the cockroaches can leave again. So what happens is, you end up with a larger problem than when you started. Your Tulsa exterminator will have non-repellent sprays that can only be obtained by an exterminator. These sprays are much more effective because the cockroach doesn’t even know that they’re there. It will walk through the pesticide, and then go back to its harborage place where it will pass the pesticide around to all of its friends. Here the pesticide will do its work, and will wipe out the entire population.  

If you’re having issues with cockroaches or any other pest, then it’s time to call in a professional Tulsa exterminator. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with cockroaches or any other pest. We service a greater Tulsa area, including Owasso, Turley, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Bixby, Jenks and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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