Cockroaches are a pantry pest that you can get help from your Tulsa exterminator to get rid of. Cockroaches invade our homes and infest are kitchens and pantries on a regular basis. These are one of the number one pests that we deal with as a pest control company. People have issues with these from all different walks of life. Keeping cockroaches out of your home is very important because they cannot only contaminate your food but also spread disease to your loved ones and family members. In this article, let us take a good hard look at cockroaches, their lifecycle and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from these insects.


Cockroaches are a tropical insect that we find now all over the world. They originated near the equator and enjoy a temperate climate in the 60s, 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit. They find themselves at the bottom of the food chain and are food for many different other predators. Because of this, cockroaches can reproduce very quickly in order to maintain the population necessary to survive. They also thrive in climates much like the temperatures that we maintain in our homes. Because of this, many cockroaches have figured out a way to use us as their source of food, water and shelter.

In Oklahoma, we find four different pests species that are cockroaches that commonly infest our homes. There are German cockroaches, brown banded cockroaches, American cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches. The first two cockroaches are interior, or inside cockroaches. These are the ones that get into our food supplies and live in our homes. The German cockroach is the species most often found as a pest cockroach in Oklahoma. The last two are outdoor cockroaches that don’t come into our homes for food but simply follow passive moisture and stumble their way into our homes. They could be signs that you have either foundation leaks or plumbing problems. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with these kinds of cockroach issues.


Cockroaches feed upon a lot of different filthy things. They’re natures cleanup crew. In many cases in nature, they will feed upon dead and dying organic material including plants and animals. They also like to feed upon raw sewage and other feces and droppings. They’re young will actually feed on their own droppings, or the droppings of other adult cockroaches. All of these food sources have lots of diseases, viruses, and bacteria and can be found all over their bodies. So these insects are a hotbed for different kinds of diseases, such as salmonella and botulism.

In addition to these diseases, cockroaches reproduce so prolifically that their populations could be very high in numbers. As they develop, they use an incomplete metamorphosis which means they hatch from an egg as a nymph. As they develop from the nymph stage to the adult stage, they will have to molt often. The nymph stages looks much like the adult stage, only in a smaller version. The process of molting creates a lot of dust from the broken down pieces of exoskeleton left over. In addition, dead cockroaches emit the same kind of dust. This dust can cause asthmatic issues in children. In fact, studies have shown that asthma in children skyrockets in areas where cockroach infestation’s are the greatest. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help eliminating cockroaches from your home.


The number one way that you can keep cockroaches out of your home is to keep a clean house. These insects are not only looking for our comfortable environments but also for the food that we eat. If you don’t do your dishes and leave them overnight in the sink, cockroaches can find this and make a meal out of the leftovers in the sink. Old food left out and other unsanitary conditions can make for plenty of food for these insects if left out. Teenagers often will throw empty plates of food underneath their beds or leave open bags of chips and other snacks. These two can feed many different kinds of insects, including cockroaches.

Extensive amounts of clutter can also give these insects plenty of places to hide. Keeping your home picked up can do a lot to stop these insects from finding harborage points and other places that they can set up shop. While cockroaches are not necessarily a eusocial insect, they do use a community in order to develop. Adult cockroaches will help to rear baby cockroaches by picking up food particles on the outside of their exoskeleton. When they get back to the harborage point, the babies will eat off of the outside of the exoskeleton of these adults. In addition to dropping some adults can become food for babies. Because of this, it is important to keep a clean house. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for more information.


When people see a cockroach in their kitchen or bathroom, often their first response is to go get a can of pesticide and start spraying away. This could be the worst thing that you could possibly do. Over-the-counter pesticides are repellent sprays. They can often trap these insects inside gaps and in wall voids. Here they will sit back and reproduce until their numbers get even larger than when they started. You can actually double the amount of an infestation by spraying these kinds of pesticides. That’s why it’s very important that you contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with cockroaches because they have the proper tools and decides to deal with them.

If you’re having issues with cockroaches, or any other pests, then it’s time to contact a Tulsa exterminator that can help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business at dealing with cockroaches, or any other pantry pass. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Claremore, Catoosa, Prattville, Coweta, Owasso, Turley, Bixby, Jenks and so much more. Check out our Video Reviews! Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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