When it comes to downright nasty pests, roaches are just about at the top of the list. They spread dozens of diseases, leave their droppings anywhere they please, and contaminate everything they touch. Here in Tulsa, there are three types of pest roaches home and business owners have to watch out for. Below, we’ll take a look at each roach species and talk about what you can do to prevent an infestation.
Common Roach Varieties In Oklahoma
Three different types of roaches commonly invade Tulsa area homes. Each one of these roaches has its distinct features, but they all infest your home in similar ways.
- American Cockroach: The largest of the roach varieties in our area, American cockroaches can grow to north of two inches long. They’re normally dark brown as well. Commonly referred to as palmetto bugs, American cockroaches are among the better roach species to get in your home because they prefer to live outside, and their indoor numbers grow more slowly than those of German roaches.
- German Cockroach: Of the three common species in the area, German cockroaches are the ones you really, really want to avoid. These roaches breed so fast that there’s a common saying about them: “if you see one, there are fifty you don’t see.” This isn’t far from the truth, as German cockroaches are so good at hiding that seeing even one small, tan German roach crawling around is often a sign of a serious infestation.
- Oriental Cockroach: This dark brown to shiny black roach is also on the larger end of the size spectrum, coming in at over an inch long. Males are smaller and have short wings, while females are larger and wingless. Each of the sexes has visible segments on its body that set this variety apart from the other roaches on this list.
What To Do About Roaches
Cockroaches are notoriously tough. Not only can they survive much higher levels of nuclear fallout than humans can, but they can also go a lot longer than we can without some essential things like food, water, air, and a head. You read that right. Roaches can live as long as a week without their heads. Because they breathe through holes in all their body segments, the only reason roaches eventually die after decapitation is dehydration.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why roaches might be a tougher pest to get rid of than your average ant or mouse. Roaches are infamously resistant to all types of insecticides, from poison baits to toxic sprays. Most over-the-counter (OTC) chemicals that work on other bugs are ineffective against roaches, so your best bet is to prevent an infestation in the first place by:
- Reducing food attractants by storing all pantry foods and pet foods in airtight containers, keeping all indoor and outdoor trash tightly covered, and cleaning up after meals right away. Don’t even leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Eliminating access points and hiding spots by clearing clutter both inside and outside your house. Also, inspect your home’s exterior and plug up any holes or cracks you find.
- Calling the pros. Roach infestations are hard to prevent and even harder to deal with on your own, so professional help is often the only solution.
Here at Mid America Pest Control, we’re always staying on top of the latest techniques and technologies for roach extermination so we can continue to have the most effective tools no matter how much resistance roaches develop. So give us a call at (877) 947-4099 or visit our contact page to request your home or commercial inspection today.