If you’re having an issue with cockroaches or any other pantry pest then you should give you a Broken Arrow exterminator a call, because they can help you. Cockroaches are pests that attempt to get inside our homes in order to get to our food. They love our kitchen and pantry spaces. Some cockroaches are not interested in our food, but find a way in and search for moisture. These are larger, outdoor cockroaches, and can be just as dangerous as small indoor cockroaches. 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 four different cockroaches in Oklahoma that we find to be pests in most situations. The first cockroach is the German cockroach. This indoor cockroach is probably the most prolific cockroach of all of them. Out of the treatments that we do 80 to 90% of them are dealing with German cockroaches. These cockroaches are brown in color and about 3/4 of an inch in length. They have yellow highlighting on the armor behind their head. These cockroaches love to get into our food supplies. They will find a space in a wall or other gap and set up shop and then make their way into our kitchens.

The brown banded cockroach is the second of the indoor cockroaches that we find as pests in Oklahoma. This cockroach is about the same size and color as the German cockroach but it has three yellow bands around its abdomen. While the German cockroach tends to be lower to the ground, the brown banded cockroach loves to be higher. Often we see them behind pictures and wall hangings. If startled, these cockroaches will use their wings to flutter to the ground. They’re also a pantry pest and eat all sorts of things, such as cereals, fruits, fats, and meats. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with dealing with these indoor cockroaches.


Of the outdoor cockroaches that plague us here in Oklahoma, the American cockroach is by far the largest. This cockroach is about 3 inches long, brown in color, and will scare most people if they’re seen in a hallway. While they are frightening, the truth is these gentle giants will run from us at the first chance. In most cases these insects are attracted to water. If you’re having any kind of plumbing issues or a crack in your foundation is leaking water, it’s possible that these insects have found that water supply into your home. So if you have an issue with American cockroaches, you should probably contact your plumber and your Broken Arrow exterminator.

The last cockroach on our list that we find outdoors, but often as pests inside our homes is the oriental cockroach. This cockroach is large, about 2 1/2 inches, but black in color and much fatter than the American cockroach. This cockroach loves to be in drainage ditches and feeds upon dead and dying plant material. It will also follow moisture into your home through broken plumbing or cracks in your foundation. If you’re seeing these insects or any other cockroaches, then it’s time to call a Broken Arrow exterminator that can help you.


Cockroaches are natures cleanup crew. They will eat just about anything. They love dead and dying plant and animal material. They will eat raw sewage. They even eat their own droppings. Because of this, we find them in filthy places often. That means their exoskeleton can be covered in nasty bacteria and viruses that cause diseases in the loved ones in your home. Often these cockroaches can carry E. coli or salmonella, and deposit them on your food preparation services, even though you’ve never had any dangerous foods on your countertops.

In addition, these insects molt often. Cockroach molting is where the cockroach will shed its exoskeleton as it grows. It does this in order to produce a new exoskeleton that can stretch further than the last one did. All of these discarded exoskeletons build up overtime, especially in large populations. As they break down, they produce a dust that is unhealthy to breathe. Many studies have been done in inner-city projects where there are excessive cockroach populations. They each find that the occurrence of childhood asthma in these areas is far greater than anywhere else. Because of this, it is important to protect your children from asthma by keeping cockroaches of of your home. Call your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.


When most people see a cockroach, the first response is to go to their local hardware store buy a can of pesticide. These pesticides contain two components. There’s an active agent that will kill upon contact. This knocked down agent will last only for a few seconds, after being sprayed out of a can, but can be very effective if you see a cockroach on your countertop.

 But the second component is a Repellent pesticide. This pesticide can be sensed by the cockroaches, and it’s an irritant to them. So, if you spray a line of this pesticide, the cockroach will not cross it. Often, when people spray excessively, they can trap a set of cockroaches in a wall, gap or behind an appliance. This pesticide could take up to 30 days to completely breakdown. So while they’re waiting, these cockroaches will continue to grow and reproduce. Often, when the 30 days is up, the population of cockroaches will be twice as large as before.

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

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