Do Cockroaches Bite?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is you will most 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 meats. Oh, and fortunately for us, they eat cockroach bait too!
While cockroaches, also known as palmetto bugs in South Florida, can technically bite… we have never once had a customer tell us they have been bitten by one, and we have been servicing the Palm Beach and Broward county areas for years.
If you believe you’ve been bitten by an insect, there a few other pests that are more than likely the culprits.
What Type of Insect Bit Me?
Before blaming roaches, look into the possibility the bite you are seeing is a result of spiders, mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, or bird mites, all of which are treatable by our team of local pest control experts.
While we are pest experts, our team of South Florida pest control professionals cannot diagnose your insect bites — although we would if we could. Even medical professionals often cannot definitively determine the type of insect bite based solely on an inspection of the bitten area of skin.
If you are being bitten by insects, we recommend you contact us for a free inspection. During an inspection, our trained pest professionals can determine the type of insects that are in your home. If we identify and treat any of the above insects, that may permanently stop your insect bites.
Why Would A Cockroach 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 actually come from ships.
One of many delicacies within the cockroach diet is dried skin flakes. When times get tough, roaches get hungry, and your dried skin can be an attractive option. If a cockroach bites, its intent isn’t to hurt you.
They are just 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 hands or mouth.
What Type Of Cockroaches Bite?
The most likely type of roach to bite you in South Florida cities like Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and other communities in the surrounding area would be 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 is 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 have treated many homes and condos in the South Florida area before that have had roaches crawling up walls, on ceilings, and behind picture frames. Since German roaches do not live outside, they are often a problem in townhomes and condos, since they can travel from adjacent units through the walls.
If You See a Cockroach In South Florida, Contact Us
At Native Pest Management we provide pet safe pest control services in West Palm Beach and its surrounding communities like Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Jupiter, Wellington, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.
We know that when there is a roach in your home, you want to get it out as soon as possible. Contact us today at Native Pest Management today to schedule a free same day inspection!