The main reason a roach bites a human and pets is just simply because they are omnivores. This means they eat just about anything, and some human flesh is certainly on their list. They most commonly bite the feet, hands, fingernails, and eyelashes.
Most bites happen at night, this is when roaches are scavenging for food. The scent of food remnants is what attracts them mostly, which can easily be around a person’s mouth or some crumbs may have fallen near them.
It isn’t like cockroaches go around looking for humans to make a meal out of. They rarely bite people but on occasion, people do suffer from a cockroach bite and you need to know how to handle this if you do. Cockroach bites are similar to bedbug bites but they do not infest like a cockroach or bite in mass areas like them. This is a good article on bedbug bites if you are interested.
Normally, cockroaches will bypass us as long as there are other foods for them to eat. They do not just go around hunting down folks to bite. They are not near as bad as the bedbugs encountered in hotels, etc. A good article on bedbug bites can be found here.
There are three species of cockroach known to bite a lot more than the others, these are:
The American Roach
The German Roach
The Australian Roach
WILL A COCKROACH BITE? YES!!
These bites are not pleasant and can be very painful. Roaches have a lot of bacteria in their mouths and can cause allergic reactions, or their bites can become infected. Having cockroaches in the home is a stressful and traumatic experience for people, so doing something about these problems should be a primary concern.
How to Treat a Cockroach Bite
If you have been bitten by a cockroach there are some actions you can take to make sure the bite is tended to. First off, if you have seen the bite happen and can see the roach, you need to kill it as soon as possible.
Roaches communicate to each other, and there is likely going to be more of these little bugs nearby if you don’t remove it as soon as you can. You will need to check around the area you found it more thoroughly after you have tended to the bite.
You need to clean the bite, much like you would with any bite. Use a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol to clean area. This minimizes the risk of disease if you do this right away. However, if you see swelling or experience an allergic reaction you should seek professional advice from your doctor.
Most bites do not get infected or worsen if they are cleaned up soon after happening. You should keep a close eye on it for the next few days, if you think it’s infected don’t wait, make a visit to the doctor.
Ways to Prevent a Cockroach Bite
Obviously, you want to prevent being bitten. There are some measures you can take to make being bitten a lot less likely, and I recommend following these directions:
Keep surfaces used for preparing food clean and hygienic. Roaches are scavengers and will pick up little scraps of food and call other roaches to the area to join them. This is why they often become problems in kitchens, they feed off the grease and small bits of food debris.
Another attraction for cockroaches are wounds. If you have scratches or open wounds on your skin, always keep them clean and covered with bandages. The last thing you want is to find a roach crawling on your skin in the night.
Keep clutter to a minimum. Roaches not only use clutter to feed on, they can also hide effectively and before you know it they have multiplied. So if you’re in an area that’s known to be affected by roaches, take measure to keep all room clear of clutter, clean, and take action immediately if you spot one.
How to Identify a Cockroach Bite
If you see a roach bite you there is no doubt about it. But a lot of cockroaches bite in the night while people are sleeping. You may not always wake, or if you do you might not see what bit you in the dark.
So, if you have found a bite mark on you and you’re not sure what bug did it here are some ways to identify a roach bite.
Cockroach bites are very similar to bed bug bites but slightly larger depending on the species of roach that bit you. It’s also a lot less likely you will have multiple bites like you would with bed bugs, as they tend to bite once and move on.
The area of skin around the bite will react at first, making it bright red and painful to the touch. It will be slightly raised, much like a mosquito bite for anyone who knows what that looks like. It’s not uncommon for a bite to become infected if it’s not cleaned right away. If it becomes infected the bite will become filled with pus and balloon up.
Cockroach bites are not very common, so it’s not always a concern. However, if you know you have roaches in your home you need to take measures to prevent being bitten. It’s an unpleasant experience, and with the chance of infection and the transmitting of disease it’s not worth the risk.
Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches
If you’re being bitten, seeing roaches around your home, or are concerned about roaches and being bitten you need to take action. You have two real options, either deal with the infestation yourself or hire a professional exterminator.
If you decide to tackle the problem yourself, you need research and prepare yourself thoroughly. Many people do deal with a roach infestation themselves, but it’s not easy. You’re handling poisons and need to be very safety aware.
Hiring a roach exterminator is a little more costly, but it’s a way to be very sure that the infestation is going to be cleared. Exterminators specialize in clearing areas of cockroaches, and can usually guarantee they will not return. If they do they will apply another application to kill off the residue roaches.
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