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An issue we are encountering more and more in St Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor is the rise in the number Surinam Roach infestations. These roaches are occasionally found indoors but will venture in during heavy rains. Recently, these roaches have been spotted nesting inside the potted plants of homes and business’.

Surinam roaches feed on the softer parts of plants. As a result, these critters will nest in flower pots and mulched areas to be as close to their food source as possible. So, any potted plant can become a home for these roaches. The season of Spring and the Holidays are the most active time for these pests as people purchase and share potted plants with one another.

Adult Surinam roaches are only 18-25 mm long. They are dark brown to black with shiny brown wings. The head has a pale light colored ban. They are much smaller than other palmetto bugs, so they are easy to recognize. Surinam roaches may be a smaller variety, but they still reproduce as much as their larger cousins. As a result, any infestation that you find should be treated as soon as it is discovered to prevent the numbers from getting out of control.

Like other types of roaches, Surinam roaches are nocturnal. During the day, they will be in their nesting area. When checking your potted plants for these pests, during the day, you may see them attempting to burrow into the soil as you expose them to the light. You may also see them belly up in close proximity to their nesting sites. Even if you see just one, a treatment should be applied since these roaches are prolific breeders.

Should you see these roaches, rest assured you are not alone. We are here to help. Our staff at Earth’s Best Natural Pest Management can help you eliminate these pests from your home or business in an Eco Friendly way. So if you live in the following Cites: St Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor give us a call today so we may help. 800-634-1313.