Roach Bite Ultimate Guide: How to Identify and Treat Cockroach Bites (Naturally)?
It’s frightening enough to know that cockroaches are scurrying around your home, but the idea of them biting you is horrific. Imagine being asleep in bed, feeling the skittering of a roach climbing down your leg, and a suddenly, you feel a quick shot of pain. Did that roach just take a bite out of your foot?
If you have a roach problem, you’re probably wondering whether there’s a risk of being bitten by one. And if you are bit, do you have to worry about infection or disease? We’re going to answer all of your questions on roach bites and more.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but roaches do bite. Roaches have been known to bite the flesh of living and non-living humans. While they may bite anywhere on the body, they’re more inclined to nibble on your fingernails, eyelashes or hair.
If you’re quivering in fear at the thought of being devoured by roaches in your sleep, take a deep breath: roaches rarely bite. Humans are the last resort. If there’s food somewhere else, they’ll go for that first.
The only time roaches are really inclined to bite is when their population grows out of control and food is extremely limited.
Do All Roaches Bite?
All roaches are capable of biting, but some are more likely to do so than others. American cockroaches, Australian roaches and German roaches have all been known to bite humans.
Whether it’s an American cockroach bite or you have multiple German cockroach bites, the sensation and effects will likely be the same.
Do Cockroach Bites Hurt?
You know that roaches bite, and even if it’s a rare occasion, you’re probably wondering if those bites hurt.
The answer really depends on your own level of pain tolerance.
Generally, most people find that cockroach bites don’t hurt – at least not for long. You may feel a pinch or twinge when it happens, but the discomfort lasts just a few seconds before tapering off.
What’s interesting is that roach bites are incredibly powerful, even if only on a small scale. One study, which was published in PLOS ONE journal, found that roaches are capable of generating a bite force that’s 50 times stronger than its own body weight.
That’s a force that’s five times stronger than what us humans can do with our own jaws.
That power comes in handy when biting on things like hardwood, but because roaches are so small, their bites are less noticeable on humans. And they tend to bite nails and eyelashes, which wouldn’t cause you pain anyway.
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