There are things in this world more dreadful than a cockroach on your dinner table. Among these is a cockroach biting you in your sleep. As omnivores, cockroaches feed on both plants and meat. They rarely feed on live meat, though, because they are scavengers. This means they are more enticed to take a pinch off parts made of dead skin cells such as eyelashes and brows, callouses, and finger/toenails.
What Do They Eat?
Cockroaches are naturally afraid of humans, which is why they feed only at night and find refuge in dark, narrow crevices. And even if winged roaches fly towards you, it’s simply their panicky reaction to the air currents, vibrations, and “scary” actions humans make. You’re more likely to be a part of their menu while you’re asleep and they can freely feast on your dead skin cells and on whatever leftover crumbs you may have on your lips or fingers.
How Do Their Bites Look Like?
Most insect bites look similar. How can you be certain it’s a cockroach bite then and not that of a mosquito or spider? Cockroach bites are a bit larger and can even form a scab, according to Planet Cockroach. These bites appear as bumps and are surrounded by a kind of rash. At times, bumps may appear in close clusters. In extreme cases, these bites can cause severe irritation and swelling. The bites themselves aren’t deadly, except for individuals who develop allergic reactions. What you really need to be concerned about is why you were bitten in the first place.
Why Do They Bite?
Cockroach bites are an indicator of extreme infestation. These bites usually take place when roach populations grow too much or when resources have become scarce enough that they are forced to go farther in search of food and water, foraging things they don’t normally would. In short, these bites are done out of their sheer desperation to live. You’ll have to call Phoenix pest control specialists before their numbers reach even more unmanageable levels.
When Do You Exterminate?
Bites aren’t just the reason why you should completely rid your house of cockroaches. These insects are spreaders of disease-causing microbes stemming from the filthy places they venture into. Infectious agents include bacteria which cause gastroenteritis, dysentery, and diarrhea.
Cockroach feces and molted exoskeletons also tend to trigger asthma. Additionally, even if you manage to kill some, cockroaches are fast breeders and can multiply again in a matter of weeks. It’s better to leave the task to Phoenix-based pest control companies such as Invader Pest Management who are equipped with the right tools to locate and eradicate these unwelcome critters.
Roach Bites Are Unlikely, Chicago Tribune
What are the Symptoms of a Cockroach Bite, Planet Cockroach