Cockroaches are a problem that you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can solve together. Cockroaches are a pantry pest that find their way into our homes in an attempt to find food, water, and a place to stay. Keeping them out is imperative to maintaining the health and sanitation of your home. Your loved ones don’t deserve to have to live with cockroaches or any other bugs. These insects can be eliminated if you contact the right person. So in this article, let’s take a good hard look at cockroaches, their lifecycle and how you and your Broken Arrow pest control company can protect yourselves from these invading insects.


Cockroaches develop using an incomplete metamorphosis. They’re actually closely related to ants and bees. But unlike these colonizing insects, cockroaches do not organize their work according to casts. Nor do they have a singular queen that lays all of the eggs. But they do use their community in order to develop. They help one another in constructive and sometimes destructive ways in order to ensure the survival of everyone around them.

Because these insects use an incomplete metamorphosis, they start as an egg. This egg can be found in a egg sack known as an ootheca. In most cockroaches, the female will lay her eggs and put her egg sac hidden in some crack or crevice, and then leave them to hatch and fend for themselves. The exception to the rule is the German cockroach. This cockroach actually carries the egg sack on her back. She will carry them until they hatch and then they will fend for themselves at that point. 

Once they hatch, a nymph will emerge. This is a smaller version of the adult cockroach. As it grows, it will outgrow the exoskeleton that it’s in. At this point it will have to molt. It will shed its outer skin, revealing a new exoskeleton underneath. The cockroach will do this multiple times until it reaches full-blown adulthood. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with cockroaches


Once these roaches find their way into your home, they will set up shop in some gap or hidden area that you can’t see. Often this is inside a wall or behind an appliance. It can even be up inside your cupboards, high up in the corner, where we can’t see. But here they will congregate the young and the old carrying on their life cycle. The larger adults will go out and forage for food. These are the ones you’ll see on your countertops and scurrying on your floors at night. When they find food, they’ll eat it, feeding themselves first. Often though they will walk through food particles and other edible substances as they make their way around. They’ll pick up these substances on their exoskeletons so that when they get back to their harborage point, the young cockroaches can feed off these particles off from the exoskeleton.


In addition to food particles found on the exoskeleton of adults, the young will also feed off of the droppings of these adults. These droppings can have a lot of undigested food that can be a nourishment for these insects. But not only do they help each other through constructive ways, sometimes they use destructive means to ensure the survival of their small community. 

If food sources find themselves scarce, and these insects have too many individuals, they will start to cannibalize one another. Larger ones will pray upon the smaller ones in an effort to lower their numbers to a population that can be supported by the food sources available. The reason they do this is because they can better use the proteins that they have built up by putting their efforts into a few, instead of allowing some of them to starve. Contact your Broken Arrow pest control company for help.


The number one thing you can do to protect your home from cockroaches is to keep a clean house. Food particles and dirty areas are great places for cockroaches to congregate. Not washing your dishes at night gives these insects a buffet for them to feed upon late at night when you’re not looking. Leaving food out in the open can also be a great way to keep these bugs around. Often grease will find its way down the side of your oven between the countertop and the oven surface. This grease may be hard for you to get to, but these cockroaches can squeeze in there and make a feast out of it. Pulling the refrigerator and oven out from time to time and cleaning the sides and behind is a great way to keep these insects from having a harborage point or for food that they can continue to eat.

While many people will run right to the hardware store as soon as they see cockroaches, buying over-the-counter pesticides, and spraying away is not the best idea. Often sprays are repellent sprays that can trap these insects in their harborage point. Cockroaches are very good at surviving without food. They can feed upon their droppings, and just go generally without it. That doesn’t stop them from reproducing, which is what can often happen. Once you spray a bunch of this pesticide you can put them in a situation where they just reproduce until the pesticide breaks down. Then when it does, you have a larger problem then when you started.


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. Check out our reviews! 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 the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Coweta, Catoosa, Claremore, Prattville, Owasso, Charlie, Jenks, Bixby, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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