Why Roaches In Tulsa Homes Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

September 10, 2021

There are about 4,500 species of roaches worldwide, 69 of those are in the United States. Regardless of the species, roaches carry some nasty germs as they crawl across your counter and on your food, salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus to name a few.

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Common Types Of Roaches

  • American Cockroach: The largest roach in the United States, measuring up to 2-3 inches long. American cockroaches are brown with a yellowish figure 8 marking. They can fly short distances.

  • German Cockroach: These roaches are tan or light brown with a slightly metallic sheen. They measure between 1/2 to ¾ inches long. They have wings but do not fly.

  • Oriental Cockroach (a.k.a. Waterbug): Males and females differ slightly in size but are each around an inch in length. Oriental cockroaches have shiny black bodies. They also have wings but are unable to fly. These roaches are known for the stinky odor they secrete.

But that's not the only concern with these pests. Roaches are also triggers for asthma and allergies for many people. According to the EPA, children are more susceptible to cockroach allergies than adults. Cockroaches are also incredibly resilient. Did you know that if you try to kill one by washing it down the drain, it will just come back? Why? Because they can hold their breath for 40 minutes! They can also live for a whole week without their head. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of their survival skills.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Okay maybe just the bad and the ugly… Cockroaches like to hang out in places like sewers and in the carcass of dead and rotting animals. They have little hairy spikes on their legs that pick up and hold onto the raw sewage and decaying flesh that they crawl over. Then they make their way into your kitchen and crawl all over your countertops the clean dishes in your cupboards. You can be completely unaware that the roaches have infested your home until your family members start getting unexplained sicknesses.

Where Are These Roaches Coming From?

There are several ways a wayward roach can find its way into your home without you ever knowing they arrived.

  • Cockroaches can be brought in unknowingly via a cardboard box or a piece of second-hand furniture. They may even hitch a ride in your purse or suitcase.

  • If you live in an apartment or duplex, it’s as simple as crawling through the wall from the adjacent dwelling.

  • Cracks in walls, defective door sweeps, and windows with damaged or missing screens may also be used as entry points.

  • Cockroaches can even come directly from the grocery store… now that’s gross.

    There's endless ways cockroaches can make their way into your life but some very challenging limitations to getting them out.

Challenges Of Cockroach Removal

Roaches live in the deepest, darkest part of your home. They are very secretive and breed in abundance long before you notice that they are there. You will not be able to find their nest unless you are prepared to knock down walls and tear up floors. They are also very resilient to the over-the-counter pesticides you can find at the store.

On top of that they breed at an alarming rate. American cockroaches will give birth approximately 90 times in a life span. German cockroaches can lay a new egg case every six weeks and each case can contain upwards of one hundred baby roaches. Worse still, roaches do not nest. They deposit each egg sac in a different location making them even more challenging to eliminate.

The Best Way To Protect My Family

Having a professional pest control company assess the situation and do regular inspections of the property is the best and most effective way to eliminate your cockroach problem. Dandi Guaranty has been servicing the greater Tulsa area since 1959. We take pride in offering quality service with effective results. Call us today for a free cockroach extermination quote.

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