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Do Cockroaches Bite?

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The cockroach is a pest that has been around for many, many years. They are very resilient creatures that survived even when dinosaurs did not. So how are homeowners supposed to protect themselves against these robust creatures? The answer is that while cockroaches may be very persistent about trying to get into homes, there are many easy ways to help protect your home and family from becoming victim to them. The most common types of cockroaches found in New England are the American cockroach, the Oriental cockroach and the German cockroach. Of these three species, it is the German cockroach that is most likely to disturb the kitchen as they forage for food.

One of the most common questions that people have in regards to cockroaches is, “do cockroaches bite?” The answer is that cockroaches have the ability to bite, but they rarely if ever do bites humans. All species can bite, but most actual reported bites are associated with the German cockroach. Cockroaches are nocturnal and will go searching for food at night; in instances where there is a large infestation with overcrowding, a cockroach may mistake you for a meal as you are sleeping. But, don’t lose sleep over this because this rarely if ever happens. Roaches may be disturbing but they will not seek you out in your sleep to bite you.

Seeing signs of cockroaches, or actual cockroaches in your home can be startling, but with the help of a New England pest control company, the infestation can quickly and safely be eliminated from your home. Before entering your home, cockroaches have been traveling through garbages, sewers and even feces. This means that the bacteria that they are carrying on their bodies (mostly their legs) and into your home will contaminate your food, food prep areas, and other areas of your home and can easily make you and your family members ill. Once you have noticed an infestation, it is important to alert an exterminator right away. Keep in mind however, as a New England homeowner, there are several things that you can do to help prevent cockroaches from entering your home. Cockroach prevention tips include:

  • Inspecting packages and boxes before bringing them into your home; cockroaches often hitchhike their way into homes on these items.

  • Garbage should regularly be removed from your home.

  • Outdoor garbage cans should have a tight fitting lid on them and be stored away from the exterior of your home.

  • Store food in the refrigerator, not on your counter. Do not leave dirty dishes in your sink for long periods of time or overnight.

  • Keep clutter in your home to a minimum.

Despite your best efforts, cockroaches can still make their way into your home. And while you may not have to worry about them biting you, you should still get immediate help from pest control professionals to quickly get rid of them from your home. Cockroaches are more than just a nuisance to have in your home, they are dangerous because of the types and amount of bacteria and diseases that they introduce into your home.

For cockroach control in Massachusetts including Worcester and Framingham, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions today!