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What You Need to Know About Cockroach Bites

Cockroaches are nocturnal omnivores that can bite human skin. Whilst they rarely do so, a simple wound they’ve caused can last for up to a week.

Can All Types of Cockroaches Bite?

Yes, all cockroaches can bite. If they feel threatened, they choose to be offensive rather than defensive. It’s also important to note that some cockroaches are more likely to attack than others.

When their food supply is low, that’s when they attack. On the other hand, they’re unlikely to do so if there’s an existing food source such as a garbage bin or uncovered food.

Their timid nature doesn’t stop them from attacking humans while they’re asleep. Cockroaches go for places where food residue may be left behind. These can be the following:
• Mouth
• Hands
• Fingernails
• Feet
• Eyelashes

How Painful Is a Cockroach Bite?

The pain of a cockroach bite depends on the bitten person’s tolerance level. He or she may experience a slight twinge or pinch but the discomfort doesn’t last very long.

What Does a Cockroach Bite Look Like?

You can easily mistake a cockroach bite for a bed bug bite or a bite from other insects (mosquitoes, fleas, etc). However, there are a few differences which set a cockroach bite apart.

Compared to a bed bug bite, a bite from a cockroach is bright red in colour, 1-4 mm in width and is a little hefty. Also, there won’t be a series of bites as in the case of a bed bug attack. There will only be one wound.

Swelling and itching most likely occur. Once infected, the bite can lead to inflammation and outgrow in size.

What Are Some Cockroach Bite Home Remedies?

Wash the area thoroughly with a disinfectant as soon as you’re bitten. This will not only help eliminate bacteria, but this will also prevent contracting infection.

If swelling happens, apply an ice pack to reduce it. Take an antihistamine if itchiness begins. Warm water, lemon juice and Aloe Vera are a few home remedies that you can apply.

Remember to never scratch a cockroach bite as it can cut the skin, risking an infection.

How to Prevent Cockroach Bites

Practice good sanitation and you’ll find virtually zero cockroaches in your home. However, if they’ve started to infest your property already, it’s best to hire reputable pest control technicians.

For cockroach treatments that work, contact Bob Gunn Termite Solutions in Brisbane today. A Queensland pest manager multi-award winner, we adopt measures based on your specific situation and go the extra mile for our customers every time.