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Do Cockroaches Bite?

Yes, it is possible for cockroaches to bite you, however it is extremely rare. The bite from a cockroach can last up to a week. Cockroaches are nocturnal, omnivores insects, and they can eat anything that is edible, and humans are not an exception.

If you do experience a cockroach bite in your home, that means that the creature come across the scent of food left somewhere on your body and managed to bite you for a little taste.

Anyway, cockroaches are not likely to bite living humans, except perhaps in cases of extreme infestations where cockroach population outgrows the normal food source.

To sum it up, in most situations, roaches would not bite humans if there are other food sources such as garbage cans or exposed food. However, when food becomes limited, waking up with cockroach bite symptoms

Do All Roaches Bite?

Yes, if they feel threatened, however some are more likely to do so than others. Check out the gallery below and remember… they all can bite you when asleep.

Images source: Wikimeda

When Cockroaches Bite People?

Cockroaches are timid creatures that will not dare come near humans while they are awake. This explains why most of the time you will find yourself suffering from a cockroach bite in the morning. In most cases cockroaches bite and feed on dead human bodies, as they only feed on callused skin, eyelashes and fingernails.

When humans are alive, cockroach bites usually happen at night time during sleep, especially on the condition when we don’t move around too much. However, only large kinds of cockroaches will be able to bite through our skin.

Which Parts of The Human Body are Most Vulnerable for Cockroach Bites

The main locations on the human body which cockroach bites occur are (where food residue is resting):

  • Face (eyelashes);
  • Mouth;
  • Hands;
  • Fingers (fingernails).

The cockroach bites may cause irritation, lesions and swelling. Some minor wound infections have been also recorded.

Do Cockroach Bites Hurts?

Now when you know that roaches can bite, and even if it’s a rare occasion, you’re probably wondering if those bites hurt. The answer of that question really depend on the levels of pain tolerance you got.

You may feel a pinch or twinge, but the discomfort doesn’t last more than a few seconds. However, studies show that the cockroach bites are extremely powerful, even if only on a small scale. Roaches are capable of generating a bite force that is fifty times stronger than their own body weight.

Cockroach Bite Signs: Symptoms You Can Expect

Being bitten by a cockroach can lead to allergic reactions in many different situations:

  • When your immune system reacts to the proteins found in the saliva, faeces and the body of the cockroach;
  • When the cockroach comes into contact with the skin;
  • When inhaling the allergens found on the waste matter and the body of the insect;
  • When you are exposed to an area where a cockroach infestation was once presented (because of the capability of the allergens to become airborne).

Allergic symptoms occur when the white blood cells of the bitten person attack cockroach allergens. However, the symptoms will vary based on individual health conditions.

Cockroach Bite Symptoms: Which are The Most Common Ones

  • A bit larger red bumps than a mosquito bite are among the primary symptoms.
  • Don’t scratch them if you don’t want to worsen the condition and cause severe inflammation and other complexities;
  • Redness and skin rashes;
  • Besides swelling and rashes with the passage of time cluster of bumps appears at the site of the bite.

* People with asthma are most likely to experience an asthma attack when exposed to the allergens from a cockroach.

The most severe of all allergic reactions is anaphylaxis which involves low blood pressure, shortness of breath and shock, leading to fatal conditions such as death.

Cockroach Bite First Aid: Treating Cockroach Bites

When you are bitten by a cockroach, you should take the necessary precautions as soon as possible in order to prevent an infection. What you should do first is to stop rubbing or pressing the wound and clean it with soap and water.

Treating the affected area with ice is recommended, if the is a swelling. Scratching the wound is highly prohibited, because by doing it the possibilities of ending up with an infection are much higher.

What Else to Use at Home against Cockroach Bites:

Lemon juice
Alcohol
Tea bags
Aloe Vera gel
Mixture
  • Lemon Juice

    Lemon Juice

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol – Gently wash the wound

  • Tea Bag

    Tea Bags

  • Aloe Vera Leaves

    Aloe Vera gel

  • Baking Soda

    A mixture of baking soda and water

Hydrocortisone cream can also be applied, however it is highly recommended to consult a medical expert before that in order to avoid side effects. Anyway, cockroach bites are not fatal, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause allergies and secondary infections. So, you better don’t neglecting and underestimate them, better visit a doctor.

*In cases of severe allergic reactions to the cockroach bites, immediate medical assistance must be sought. This is also essential for those who suffer from asthma allergies and other health conditions, especially in young children and the elderly.

More Prevention Tips

One of the best ways to treat and prevent cockroach bites and allergies is to eliminate these creatures from your premises by:

  • Keep your house clean, including kitchen floors, sinks, counters and stoves;
  • Seal food containers and garbage cans;
  • Fix any leaks in order to stop cockroaches to access to water;
  • Avoid piles — of newspapers, laundry, magazines or dirty dishes;
  • Consult a pest control company or exterminator.

Do Cockroach Bites Carry Disease?

No, cockroaches do not transmit diseases when they bite unlike other insects, but they do carry germs on their bodies and even transmit diseases through their waste matter. So, if these germs or diseases manage to get inside your body through open wounds or if inhaled, then you can become infected.

To avoid the bites, try to keep your home clean. o avoid infestation of cockroaches and ensure everybody at your home including children is clean before going to bed. As cockroach bites are not intentional, it’s usually kids or those who don’t clean up after meals that are normally bitten by cockroaches. Washing and brushing teeth is an essential part of preventing cockroach bites.

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