Do Cockroaches Bite Humans?

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 Do Cockroaches Bite Humans?

Cockroaches are perhaps the most detestable creatures that inhabit our planet. Their mere sight is revolting and to see an infestation in the house means calling for pest control. Though we are used to an odd cockroach that we encounter here and now.

But, did you ever wonder whether do cockroaches ever bite a human? Despite their less than the lovely exterior, we at least feel rest reassured that these tiny buggers don’t bite. This might just change as you further read the article as shockingly cockroaches indeed do bite.

Do All Cockroaches Bite? 

If you have walked into the kitchen late at night and turned on the kitchen lights, you would be surprised to see how many of these tiny invaders roam around in your home. They are repulsive, a menace and despite their size, some fear them. The tiny legs on a cockroach are sharp, and you would know this fact if you are the unfortunate one who has ever had a cockroach climb on them. These omnivorous being generally avoid preying on humans, but if the infestation is in great number and there is a scarcity of food, then they would not hesitate from biting on human flesh. 

Certain cockroaches that are very capable of biting humans are Periplaneta American, Periplaneta australasiae, and German cockroach. The last one is found all over the world and not just restricted to Germany. The reason why they go for humans is that they thrive in large numbers. A very shocking fact that a scientist stated was that large cockroach species could actually take a bite through the skin.

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When Do Cockroaches Bite? 

Now, you don’t have to live in fear of the cockroaches in and around your home. They are not going to gang up on you anytime soon. The reason that most cockroach bites happen is that there are times when people doze of with food remains in their hand or mouth. The smell draws the cockroach who sometimes take a bite of the flesh near the food as well.

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Cockroaches Bite Symptoms 

If a cockroach has bitten you, you will develop a red bump which is just a little larger than a mosquito bite. It can also take the shape of tiny clusters of bumps instead of a single mound. Swelling or rashes accompany these bites. However, they are not fatal as cockroaches are not venomous. Though, if you are an asthma patient, you can have an allergic reaction.

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Cockroaches Bite Treatment 

The first thing that a person needs to do after they discover a cockroach bite on the skin is to clean it thoroughly. Use alcohol or an antibacterial instead of regular soap and water. Though it might be a bit painful, you need to pinch the infected area to force the bacteria out. Then using a cotton swab, dab the bite and rub alcohol on it. In case of swelling, pus, or discoloration, consult your doctor.

It's not just the cockroaches but a bug bite too can be troublesome, here is what you need to know about them. If you feel we have missed out on some points in the article, feel free to tell us. Comment on the box below to share your opinions and views!

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No, They Aren't

Cockroaches are omnivorous. They carry dangerous bacteria with them and can contaminate food with their saliva. Yet, the bite is not dangerous. They eat living as well as dead human skin including the fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands. The bite of the cockroach is not fatal but may cause minor wounds, itchiness. They can be treated with Aloe Vera Gel, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice. The cockroach is not dangerous and can be treated naturally. It’s like any other insect bite.

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