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What Do Surinam Cockroaches Look Like?

Surinam cockroaches are a small species with a stout body and shield-shaped head. The body is black, and the wings appear leathery and are brown or olive. The shield that covers the head of this roach is shiny black or dark brown. Unlike most other cockroaches that commonly invade our homes and businesses, Surinam roaches are more of an outdoor pest.

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When Are Surinam Cockroaches Most Active?

Being a tropical cockroach, Surinam roaches are the most active in hot, humid weather conditions, making Florida a place where they can thrive. They are most active and problematic outside of our homes; they do not prefer to live indoors. They like the warm, damp soil found under rocks, piles of leaves, woodpiles, and other debris. Also called “greenhouse roaches,” these cockroaches love the soil found inside greenhouses. Like other cockroaches, Surinam cockroaches are nocturnal. They are inactive during the day and emerge at night to feed on plants, often causing significant damage to them.


Are Surinam Cockroaches Dangerous?

Surinam cockroaches require very high heat and humidity levels to survive, so these roaches don’t survive long in our temperature-controlled homes. The most common way Surinam cockroaches find their way inside is in or on a potted plant. If these roaches find a way into your home, they may bring with them some bacteria and pathogens, but Surinam cockroaches are much more of a threat to plants than they are to people.

How Do I Get Rid Of Surinam Cockroaches?

When it comes to getting rid of Surinam cockroaches that have invaded your Florida property, the best option is partnering with a trained and experienced professional. At Lindsey Pest Services, we’ve been providing effective roach control since 1957 and use several techniques and tools to eradicate these pests. We will give you peace of mind knowing your property’s cockroach problem will be solved and won’t return. Call us today to learn more about eliminating Surinam cockroaches through Lindsey Pest Services residential or commercial pest control services!