Surinam Cockroach

Category: Cockroaches

Scientific Name: Pycnosceulus surinamensis (Linnaeus)



Color: Body is dark brown to blackish

Size: Body is 18-25 mm long

Region: Found throughout the US

Important Considerations:

⦁ This cockroach is able to reproduce parthenogenetically (without being fertilized by a male)
⦁ Females on average reproduce litters of 1-5 babies, with 48 to 82 days in between broods
⦁ Development time from egg to adult is about 162 to 219 days
⦁ Adult females normally live an average of 307 days
⦁ These cockroaches are burrowing insects, and like to burrow into loose soil, or under litter, etc.
⦁ At night Surinam cockroaches become very active and feed on things such as plants


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You can find Surinam Cockroaches hiding in cracks and crevices, under objects or debris, or in the soil during the day. To try and keep your yard free of these cockroaches, make sure to remove/clean yard debris, leaf litter, stones, landscaping timbers, etc. It can also help to keep your grass mowed and your weeds cut back. You can also occasionally find these cockroaches in your greenhouse, or inside your home burrowed in potted plants.