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Do Cockroaches Bite? Common Symptoms & Treatment

Yes, it is possible for cockroaches to bite humans, however, it is very rare. They are omnivores that eat plants and meat. Cockroach may eat dead human beings but since they are nocturnal insects they may bite sleeping humans. They are likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands. The cockroach bite can cause irritation, allergy and swelling. Very rarely one will suffer from wound infections because of the bite. The bite from a cockroach can last up to a week.

Though cockroach bites are rare, still you may wonder if those bites can hurt. After a bite you may feel just a pinch or twinge and the discomfort will not last more than a few seconds. However, few are capable of bite with a force that could be 50 times stronger than their own body weight.

The most common symptoms are red bumps little larger than a mosquito bite, redness and skin rashes, swellings and allergy. With the passage of time cluster of bumps may appear at the area around the bite. In the rare case that a cockroach bite becomes infected, the area will become inflamed and fill up with pus.

The first thing you do after the cockroch bite is not to you should do first is to stop rubbing or pressing the wound and clean it with soap and water. If there is a swelling at the site of the bite, then treating it with ice is recommended. In any case do not scratch. One can apply Hydrocortisone cream after consultation with a medical expert. In case severe allergic reactions, immediate medical help must be sought.

Cockroaches are repulsive and annoying pests and have a reputation for carrying disease, for eating whatever they can find and actually a stress for the home owners. If you think that your home is infested with cockroaches and all your efforts to control them have failed, then you must call a professional pest control company. Essen Pest Control is once such company and you can contact them at 613 804 7378.

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