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Do Cockroaches Bite

Summary: All the cockroach species that are common invaders of homes are capable of biting people. Cockroach bites normally occur when the person is sleeping.

Cockroaches can bite people but it is rare. German cockroaches are the most likely to bite, probably because they are often responsible for large infestations. Cockroaches bite sleeping humans because they are looking for food. Sometimes a cockroach will sense a small amount of food on the mouth or fingers of a person and they will accidentally bite while they are eating. This only happens when there is no other easier food source available. Cockroaches will also sometimes risk crawling over a sleeping person to get to moisture built up around the eyes or the nose. The cockroach needs water to survive and if it can't find water anywhere else it might have to get it from you.

Fight cockroach populations with good sanitation. A clean environment makes it difficult for cockroaches to survive. Kill off existing cockroach populations using Maxforce FC Roach Bait Stations. You cannot use any other pesticide around a cockroach bait because a liquid or aerosol pesticides will ruin the bait. Follow the label instructions when placing the stations.

Children are the most susceptible to cockroach bites because they have softer skin that is easier for the cockroach's mouthparts to penetrate. Also, children


are more likely to leave crumbs on their fingers or around their mouths because they don't always have the best hygienic practices. Telling a youngster that they better wash their face and hands and brush their teeth after dinner might be communicated more effectively if you added that if they failed to do so they might have cockroaches nibbling on their fingers and toes.

Cockroaches only bite when there are very large populations and little food and water available. If the cockroach can find food or water somewhere else then they won't risk getting it from something that can smack them dead faster than you can say, “Gross, there is a cockroach on my arm!” Overall, the chances of getting bitten by a cockroach are extremely small and I have never heard of a person getting bitten by a cockroach while they were awake. This could probably only happen if you picked a cockroach up and it bit because it felt threatened. Most people don't have this type of contact with cockroaches.

Cockroach bites look similar to other insect bites. The bite can be itchy, as well. Bites are small red marks that often scab over. Cockroach bites can become infected and might be likely to do so because cockroaches are so often exposed to sewage and other materials that are full of bacteria. Apply disinfectant to any cockroach bite and if swelling from the bite does not recede after a few days then you might want to get it checked out by a doctor.

To avoid cockroach bites you should follow proper pest control methods to keep cockroaches out of the house including pest control for cockroach infestations.

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23 Jan 2011, 05:44
Hey, So.. I'm staying over at a friend's house for the second time tonight. Her niece and her showed me some rashes this evening explaining that they itched like crazy and hurt. I just woke up to 2 in th kitchen,t twoin the bathroom, and one runnijg across the livingroom floor. - Rude awakening!! I have been awake for two hours now and I am scared to sleep. Isnt it the landlords spray everyweek sincce he knows?
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23 Jan 2011, 08:38
It's the tenant's responsibilty to notify the landlord that the problem has not been resolved. It also helps if you capture one of the insects in a jar to show the evidence.
22 Feb 2011, 21:05
Yes, Roaches do bite, They love to bite me on my upper lip im f&*King fed up of it, They are nasty evil stink insects, They leave a atleast 3 small bumps and a bigger one, I think thats how my body reacts to it, You just have to wash it with water and soap but man it looks horrible,definitely will ruin your plains unless you want everyone to ask wtf happened to your lip. Just ignore it and pull of the scab when it drys up.
21 Mar 2011, 17:19
my grandma is a horder and she has 7 dogs and alot of roaches and I KNOW 4 A FACT THIS IS A HEALTH PROBLEM will someone tell me what i should to to help her it would mean alot.
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21 Mar 2011, 21:19
Just click on the word "cockroaches" on the left side of this web page and you will find many articles on controlling roaches.
09 Apr 2011, 23:05
How big can Roach bites get? Mine are about the length of a thumb and swollen and about half in width. Btw, are Roach bites bigger than bedbug bites?
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10 Apr 2011, 08:51
Everyone reacts differently to insect bites.
06 Jun 2011, 17:24
Last night my daughter in law notified her husband (my son) that there was a large cockroach walking on the ceiling. My son was watching the Miami Heat playoff game and didn`t exactly do anything about the roach.All of a sudden the roach takes flight and flys right into my daughter in laws forehead , bites her and actually drawing blood. My son thought that was pretty funny and couldn`t stop laughing. I think he`s sleeping in the spare bedroom tonight.
02 Aug 2011, 07:37
alright. so i've lived in my apartment for over 10 years and have never had a roach problem and a week ago my neighbor upstairs said that she saw 3 big ones in her apartment and then i started seeing some in my apartment. i have two kids and a dog so i can't use any toxic ones i wouldnt want anything to happen to my dog nor kids. so what can i use? and i only see medium ones and baby ones. there german cockroaches. PLEASE HELP.
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02 Aug 2011, 11:34
The article clearly talks about Maxforce FC Roach Stations. Click on the link. That's the product you want. Remember, you cannot use any other pesticide when using these bait stations.
27 Aug 2011, 09:44
Ok, so I've been sick for a little while, and last night i was under my blanket and I was sweating, but I didn't feel hot at all, so i slept that way all night, bu when I woke up I had what looked like a hundred mosquito bites on my arms and legs, and then i found a roach at the foot of my bed. CREEPY, buut now there's like twice as mmany so it's got to be some kind of rash or something. I feel a lot less freaked out now.
30 Sep 2011, 11:12
TRY EMPTY BEER CANS?! They are so disgusting!!! One day I found an empty opened beer can in our yard in a bush, so I picked it up to throw out and I noticed inside it three large cockroaches dead from the beer! I guess they like alcohol and it could be used as bait?! Ha Ha drunk cockroaches!
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07 Aug 2012, 09:13
Roaches don't have teeth. They may pinch, but they can't take a chunk out of your arm. Put a little antiseptic on it and call your doctor if you are concerned.

If you are positive it is a wood roach I will tell you that it will die soon for lack of proper food and water. However, it's an American roach, that's a whole different story. My suggestion is to get it properly identified.
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