Insects dominate the planet. I’m not quite sure how, or who has the time for that matter, but it’s estimated that there are over 10 quintillion insects on our planet.
That’s 10 with 18 zeros’!
Next to, possibly mosquitos, the most despised of all insects are cockroaches. Odds are, they could be in your home right now. Worst part, they can bite.
Here are the ways to tell if you’ve been bitten, and how to treat it.
- Catching It in the Act
This is the best-case scenario. It’s also the most terrifying. Think about it, witnessing this insect crawl onto you, and then biting you. None of us are planning to just let a cockroach bit us, but catching a cockroach in the act is the ideal way of knowing if you were in fact bitten.
- Check the Affected Area
There’s a good chance you can wake up after a nice sleep and feel the pain of a bug bite.
How can you truly tell if the culprit was a cockroach?
Even though cockroach bites are extremely rare, they do happen. It’s been said that most cockroach bites are from German cockroaches. Not only are they in Germany, but they’re found all over the world. American cockroaches, and I hate to say it being American, but they tend to be about twice the size of German cockroaches.
Back on topic, check the area where you were bitten. Look closely at the bite. Cockroaches when they do bite, tend to only bit once. This is because cockroaches are not after your skin or blood. They are after food particles that are on your skin.
If there happen to be multiple bites, you’re probably not dealing with a cockroach, you’re most likely dealing with bed bugs.
- Location, Location, Location
Look at where in term of location where you bitten. Not on your body, but where you were when you were bitten; Bed, kitchen, coach, etc…
Cockroaches are after food. It could have been you were eating in bed, or on the couch. Look for crumbs, signs of where you might have dropped food. These are prime cockroach “cafeteria’s”. Pay close attention to where you eat, and avoid leaving a mess.
- Check the Bite
Next is to check the size of the bite. A cockroach’s mouth can range from about 1-4mm in size. So, 1mm would be about the thickness of dime. While 4mm would be about the size of a popcorn kernel. Just to give you some real-life comparison.
These bites are much larger than that of bedbugs too.
If it’s a cockroach bite, the infected skin will be a bright red color with 2 punctures marks. The area will also ben severely raised. Very similar to that of a mosquito bite.
- BE CAREFUL!
These bites can become infected. It wouldn’t be pretty either. It can be heavily inflamed and even fill with puss. More server cases have reported the infected area becoming as large as a “kneecap”. That’s quite large!
Reading this, you have concluded that you were bitten by a roach. What’s next?
Let’s break this into three steps: Exterminating, Caring for Bite, and Close Attention.
For those who want to see all the insects that occupy you home die, you’ll enjoy this step. And cringe at it. Cockroaches are capable of pheromone secretion. What this does is alert other roaches in the vicinity that there is food. Then before you know it, massive infestation happens.
The bite for the time being comes second to handling the ridding of these problematic insects. You can go “Rambo” on them and just sneak attack them. Stomping or crushing them each time.
The priciest option would be hiring an exterminator. These masters will be your guide to get rid of cockroaches. This option may run you anywhere from hundreds, to the thousands, depending on how bad the infestation is. But, you’ll have the comfort of knowing the job is done right and complete.
There are also poisons available at any grocery store, or hardware store. If you’d rather not witness their demise this option is best for you. As well as being on the cheaper side.
- Caring for the Bite
The reason why roach bites carry a risk for infection is because the mouths carry a lot of bacteria. Their “lifestyle” if you will, is rummaging through garbage and eating anything. Scavengers tend to have such dangers.
Onto the act of cleaning the wound. For the best results, use cotton swabs or moth balls.
Apply a moderate amount of rubbing alcohol onto the swab or ball. With your other hand, carefully pinch the skin around the bit. Aim just so the center of the bite is elevated slightly. Use the swab or ball, and rub it over and all around the area. You should cover the entire area, even a bit outside of your pinch.
Alcohol is a powerful substance, as its level of concentration is extremely helpful in killing bacteria. Your body, with the help of the alcohol, will do its best to attack and expel the infection. You should then apply an adhesive or a wrap to the area after applying the rubbing alcohol.
- Close Attention
This is the most important step.
You must monitor the bite constantly, even with the application of the alcohol to the bite. You always run the risk of infection and should pay close attention if things don’t get better. If they don’t seek medical attention immediately.
Cockroaches can easily find their way into your home. You can prevent bites and infestations by keeping a clean home. Remove garbage frequently and avoid leaving messes. Or you may be reading this again.