Surinam Cockroach

Surinam Cockroach

The Surinam cockroach is very common to all sub-tropical areas. They are well known for their ability to burrow and are capable of damaging various plants. Although this cockroach is not typically found inside, their main source of entry into homes is through potted plants. Surinam cockroaches conceal themselves during the day and come out at night to feed on plant stems. They are shiny brown to almost black in color and are about ¾-inch in length.

There are no male species of the Surinam cockroach located in the United States. The female retains the egg capsules for the entire incubation period and actually gives birth to live young. Each egg capsule is capable of producing up to 42 eggs but typically only produces 24-26.