This tropical cockroach usually is not noticed until large numbers have populated an area. They remain inside cracks and crevices, under leaf litter, and mulch during the day and come out at night to feed upon plants. Surinam cockroaches are plant feeders and can severely damage plants in greenhouses and atriums. They also are commonly found in potted plants, planters, and other humid, hot situations outdoors in the Gulf coast states from Florida to Texas. The Surinam cockroach burrows into the soil to a depth of three to four inches, where they construct a burrow containing nymphs, (adolescents), and females incubating their egg capsules. These egg capsules produce from 14 to 42 eggs each. Surinam cockroaches are unique, in that there are NO males of the species found in the United States. The females reproduce parthenogentically without mating with a male. Surinam cockroaches are 3/4” to 1” long, are brown in color, and have a very obvious dark brown to black shield, (the area behind its head), which is called the pronotum.
To control this insect it is critical to remove harborage areas, such as excessive leaf litter, excessive mulch, unneeded landscape timbers, stones, or other objects close to the foundation of your building. Residual materials should be applied to foundations, plantings, woodpiles, potted plants, mulch and any infested areas. Barrier treatments can substantially reduce Surinam cockroach populations around your home.
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