Cockroaches are said to be one of the few creatures that are capable of surviving a nuclear blast. That’s impressive but most people are more concerned with whether these strange-looking creatures will bite humans and, if they do, what harm they may cause.
The Cockroach Habitat
Cockroaches are attracted to warm places, especially if there is moisture and they are dark. That’s why you generally see them at dusk and dawn. They are likely to congregate where there is food and they will enter buildings through drains and pipes as they are comfortable in these environments.
In most cases, there is plenty of food outside for them, especially if you live in a communal building and have communal bins. But, if they are near your property there is a good chance they will enter to look for more food.
You can, and should, call your local pest control company to get the problem dealt with as quickly as possible. Alongside this, it’s a good idea to find out more from the company regarding keeping cockroaches out of your home in future.
That means securing open food packets in sealed containers, vacuuming and wiping surfaces regularly, and sealing up potential entry points. This will help to keep cockroaches where they belong, outside your home.
Food And Biting Humans
Cockroaches are omnivores. That means they eat meat and plant matter. In short, they can eat almost anything to survive. That’s a bonus and one of the reasons they have survived for so many years as a species.
The fact that they can survive for a month without food, live for two weeks without water, and even live for a week without a head, shows how tough these creatures are.
The good news is that there is plenty of food for them to eat, which makes it extremely unlikely that a cockroach would attempt to bite a human.
Of course, they have small mouths and teeth so a bite would not be particularly painful.
It should be noted that there have been incidents of cockroaches biting humans but they have only nibbled fingertips and nails. This has been where there has been no other food available, mainly on long boat voyages.
Health Risks Associated With Cockroaches
Cockroaches don’t generally carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite, if they were even to bite you. However, they do walk through a lot of different materials and it is inevitable they will pick up some bacteria along the way. This is a bigger risk to human health.
The bacteria that attach to them can come off anywhere they walk, which means they could be anywhere in your home. That’s why, if you spot a cockroach in your home you need to be vigilant about cleaning surfaces and vacuuming floors.
It’s also worth noting that debris from cockroaches can cause allergies in people, potentially increasing the number of asthma attacks as well as their severity.
If you think you have a cockroach issue you can use a glue trap to test your theory. The cockroaches will get stuck to it and you’ll be able to contact the pest control specialists.