Appearance and Size Facts
- Surinam cockroaches are shiny brown to black in color
- Called bi-colored cockroaches because the head, thorax, and body are black, while the wings are a light brown
- Size: 3/4 inch in length
- Found mainly in tropical climates
- They are burrowing insects
Behavior and Habitat of Surinam Cockroaches
The female Surinam cockroach retains the egg capsule within the abdomen, and gives birth to live young. No males are found in the U.S., and are not necessary to reproduce. Surinam cockroaches are found primarily in South Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and in humid tropical and sub-tropical climates. They are burrowing insects that are capable of destroying various plants. Surinam cockroaches are often unknowingly brought into homes, shopping malls, and restaurants in potted plants.
Signs of Infestation of Surinam Cockroaches
Surinam cockroaches are plant feeders. They can severely damage plants in greenhouses, atriums, and yards.
Tips for Prevention of Surinam Cockroaches
Indoor infestations can often be controlled by changing out the soil of potted plants. Outdoor inspections should focus on locations such as wood piles, mulch, and foundation plantings.
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