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Do Cockroaches Bite?

Cockroach can bite

Cockroaches are pretty nasty little insects to find in your home. They are known to spread at least 33 different types of bacteria. They feed off things like trash and exposed food. They can damage a business’s reputation with one sighting. And they can make you want to move out after one encounter. They are a reddish brown insect with an oval shaped body about 2 inches long. They are found in homes and businesses throughout the United States. They enter in a structure through drains and pipes and enjoy warmer temperatures. You will also see them in basements, alley ways and yards. When you see them they are probably out foraging for an easy meal and they are not very picky eaters.

The question is do they bite? The answer is yes, but nothing to worry about.

Cockroaches can and do bite. Though it is not common that a cockroach will bite a person, but it is possible. The higher the cockroach infestation population the more likely it will be that they will bite humans. If their food source becomes limited they will search for anything else nearby. This is when most cockroach bites are recorded. They are most likely to try to bite your hands and feet. The most serious cases of cockroaches biting humans are on ships where food supplies and space is limited. Usually a pest control professional is contacted before a cockroach infestation gets to this point.

Cockroaches are known for being a major health hazard due to the germs they spread. They spread 33 different types of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms and 7 other human pathogens. They pick up all these germs from the things they eat and the sewage they crawl through. Cockroaches also increase allergies among humans and can trigger an asthma attack. These little insects can bite but that is the least of your worries if you find you have any infestation.

If you find that you do have a cockroach infestation in your home or business, contact a professional pest exterminator today. It is best to get a head start on these invasive insects.