Surinam cockroaches are burrowing insects that cause damage to vegetation. The species is most commonly found in humid, tropic areas such as the southeastern United States. Adults are 18 to 25 mm in length. Female adults have light-colored wings and black heads.
Surinam cockroaches prefer dark, moist areas and hide in corners and beneath objects. Surinam cockroaches reproduce through parthenogenesis, allowing female specimens to produce offspring without the fertilization of males. Eggs are hidden within the female’s abdomen and hatch internally. Females may have an average of 3 egg cases which contain an average of 24 eggs.
Surinam cockroaches are not commonly found inside homes. However, they infest greenhouses and gardens and prove destructive pests. If you suspect a Surinam cockroach infestation, contact your local pest control professional to discuss treatment and prevention methods.