Cockroach infestations are among the worst pest problems one can have and often require a professional cockroach exterminator to get rid of. These creepy crawly insects are persistent, durable, and riddled with bacteria that has been known to lead to a number of diseases. If you have the misfortune of dealing with these unwelcome guests in your home, it’s possible that you or a family member have acquired a roach bite.
Cockroach bites are rare and occur when the roach-to-food ratio is disproportionate enough that the pests must forage whatever they can to survive. In less severe cases, a cockroach may bite a human if it comes across food residue (or even just the scent of food) on the skin. For this reason, cockroach bites are most commonly found on the hands and face.
Diagnose a Cockroach Bite
Use the following list of common symptoms to determine whether or not you’ve received a roach bite:
- The bite is red and inflamed.
- The bite is the size of — or a bit larger than — a mosquito bite.
- The bite is on the hands or fingers, around the mouth, or even on the eyelid.
- The skin of the affected area is itchy and irritated.
- There is a cluster of small bumps around the bite.
Is it Poisonous?
Unlike other insect bites, a cockroach bite is nothing to be concerned about. You don’t have to worry about getting an illness like West Nile Virus, but it is wise to do what you can to prevent infection by cleaning the area and keeping an eye on it for the next couple of days.
The bite is not capable of transmitting a disease directly; however, the cockroach itself is. Roaches are most commonly known for their talent for spreading a number of diseases across the world.