Do Cockroaches Bite?
August 03, 2023
Do cockroaches bite? The short answer is yes. The long answer is you'll likely never be bitten by a cockroach in your life. Cockroaches are omnivores and mainly eat items such as decaying matter, paper, books, sweets, hair, and meat.
Oh, and fortunately for us, they eat cockroach bait too. While cockroaches can technically bite…we have never once had a customer tell us they've been bitten by one. If you believe you’ve been bitten by an insect, there are a few other pests that are more than likely the culprits.
What Type Of Insect Bit Me?
Before blaming cockroaches, look into the possibility the bite you are seeing is a result of ants, spiders, mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, or ticks, all of which are treatable by our entomologist trained pest control technicians.
If you have bug bites, unfortunately, even medical professionals can't definitively determine the type of insect that bit you based on the bite alone.
We recommend that you get in touch with a local pest control company for a full inspection of your home to identify pest activity. There have been times we have done a thorough home inspection and have found no evidence of any insects, which has helped people determine they have a skin irritation instead of a bug bite.
Why Do Cockroaches Bite?
It’s fair to say you hate cockroaches. Don’t worry, the feeling is mutual. Cockroaches generally dislike our presence and will not go out of their way to bite you.
History tells us that most reports of cockroach bites? come from ships. During some voyages, there have been so many cockroaches that crew were having to wear gloves in order to prevent cockroach bites. But fear not; that was back then.
Today, there are very few reports of cockroach bites, and If a cockroach does bite you, its intent isn’t to hurt you.
Usually when cockroaches do bite, there's a very large infestation which causes there to be a food shortage. When the roaches get desperate, they start looking for other food options they don’t normally eat, like dried skin flakes.
The area of a person they're likely to bite is where food may accumulate, like the face, mouth, hands, or fingernails.
They’re looking for food and are more than likely inadvertently attracted to food on you or next to you, something that can happen if you eat food in bed or fall asleep with food remnants on your body.
Yeah, we know. It’s pretty weird! Knowing this can make people uneasy. If this worries you, rest assured knowing that Native Pest Management is just a phone call away from resolving these worries.
Cockroach vs. Bed Bug Bites
Roach bites are small, bright red, raised bumps on your skin. They’re slightly larger than bed bug bites and after being bitten by a cockroach, you usually only see one bite. Bed bug bites are more likely to occur in a line or a cluster.
While these differences exist, It’s still difficult to identify the difference between a cockroach bite and a bed bug bite.
We recommend scheduling an inspection of your home with a pest control professional so that if any insects that bite are present, they can be identified.
What Type Of Cockroaches Bite?
The most likely type of roach to bite you in West Palm Beach is the American cockroach, often called a palmetto bug or water bug. These are generally large roaches around two inches in length, reddish brown in color, and the adults have wings. American cockroaches travel quickly and primarily live in sewers and outdoors.
German cockroaches are another type of roach that's common in our tropical area that may also bite. They usually only live indoors, and while smaller in size than American cockroaches, they reproduce more rapidly. While they are less visibly frightening than American cockroaches, they can often multiply into the hundreds or thousands if not treated.
We’ve treated many homes and restaurants throughout West Palm Beach ?that have had roaches crawling up walls, on ceilings, and behind picture frames. Since German roaches don't live outside, they're often a problem in townhomes, apartments and condos, and many restaurants, since they can travel from adjacent units through the walls.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in West Palm Beach
If you've been bitten or not by cockroaches in your home, odds are you want to completely exterminate them as soon as possible.
We get it, we've all seen giant American cockroaches before, and of course it always seems to happen at night when we are getting ready to sleep.
The key to getting rid of cockroaches for good involves using a combination of baits and insect growth regulators, and not using the contact kill sprays or foggers that are often sold at stores.
Sure, a quick spray will kill a roach on contact if you hit it directly, but to completely eliminate roaches, we recommend applying a combination of granular baits (Maxforce Complete Granular Insect Bait is a favorite of ours) and gel baits (Invict Gold, Vendetta Plus, and Advion Cockroach Gel Bait are all great.) We also recommend using an insect growth regulator (Gentrol Point Source or Tekko Pro).
These products are generally better than contact kill products, because they'll eliminate the cockroaches that hide in voids and underneath appliances and furniture. Make sure to always follow the instructions on product labels for best results.
Now, if you’re dealing with German cockroaches, we recommend that you get in touch with Native Pest Management as soon as possible. These roaches are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and it is nearly impossible to eliminate a German cockroach infestation without professional guidance.
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Pet Friendly Cockroach Control in West Palm Beach
At Native Pest Management we provide pet friendly pest control services in West Palm Beach and its surrounding communities including Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and all of Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Leon counties. As of 2022, we also have expanded to provide pest control in Tallahassee, FL.
If you are dealing with a cockroach infestation in your home, or if you’re dealing with insect bites, leave it up to Native Pest Management. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect and treat your home so that you can stop worrying about potential cockroach bites, or other insect bites like bed bug bites or ant bites. And we’ll do it all with eco-friendly and pet friendly cockroach control products.
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