Do Cockroaches Bite?

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Cockroaches are renowned for being natural survivors, it seems as if they could survive almost anything. Cockroaches are omnivorous creatures and will eat almost anything they come across, including you.


So, do cockroaches bite? Yes, cockroaches bite, however it probably isn’t in the way you are expecting. Cockroaches do not rely upon us in any stage of their life cycle unlike lice and mosquitos. (They don’t need to feed on us to survive) Cockroach bites are not very common and usually only occur when the abundance of local food is very low (When the population outgrows the given food source) forcing the insects to find food of a new variety. Us. There have been only a few recorded incidents where cockroaches have actually eaten the flesh of a human, such as fingernails, eyelashes, dandruff, and dead skin. However most of the time, when it comes to feeding on humans cockroaches will usually wait until the person is deceased.


Cockroach Bites

Cockroaches are naturally nocturnal by nature, and are also apparently shy of humans, which explains why most all cockroach sightings happen when the person is asleep. The main locations on the human body in which cockroaches feed are the hands, fingers, face, and mouth. These areas are assumed to be targeted due to the large amount of food residue build-up associated with them.


What Do They Look Like?

Cockroach bites can be mistaken for bed bug bites, and those from other similar biting insects, although there are small differences between them. One sure fire way to tell if you have been bitten by a cockroach is to catch the creepy crawly in the act, this may be met with some difficulty however, as these creatures will only feed during the night.


Cockroach bites look much like bed bug bites, with a bright red mark left behind 1-4mm in size, slightly larger than a bed bugs bite. Comparatively, cockroach bites will only appear in singular spots where as bed bug bites will appear in groups.