Cockroaches are very tough insects that can spread and breed very quickly.
They come out at night, and prefer to live and feed in the dark.
Left untreated, a cockroach infestation can be become dangerous, as their bites can lead to a number of complications.
In most cases, they’ll opt for rubbish bins for food, or any exposed foods on the counter tops. But, if no such food is available, they can turn to humans.
Cockroaches have been reported to eat human flesh – both living and dead.
Their bites can cause swollen areas of skin and lesions. On some occasions, the wounds can become infected, warned pest control firm Orkin.
If you’ve been bitten by a cockroach, it’s most likely to occur on your fingernails, eyelashes, feet, or hands.
“Cockroaches are nocturnal insects,” said Orkin. “They prefer to live and feed in the dark, so a cockroach seen during the day is a possible sign of infestation.
“Cockroaches tend to prefer dark, moist places to hide and breed and can be found behind refrigerators, sinks and stoves, as well as under floor drains and inside of motors and major appliances.
“Because they can flatten their bodies to fit into narrow areas, cockroaches may also be found hiding beneath rubber mats, behind wallpaper and within wall cracks.
“Cockroaches are omnivores that eat plants and meat. They have been recorded to eat human flesh of both the living and the dead, although they are more likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands.
“The bites may cause irritation, lesions and swelling. Some have suffered from minor wound infections.”
The most serious cases of cockroaches biting humans has been out at sea, it added.
On some occasions, where the number of cockroaches on ships has increased so much, they’ve gnawed the skin and nails off people on board, it said.
If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation, it’s important to have it checked, as when they’re left untreated, the population grows, and they’re more likely to bite humans.
You could have an infestation if you find cockroach droppings around your home. The faeces look like coffee grounds or black pepper.
An unpleasant odour could also be a warning sign of a cockroach infestation.
Your home may have a strong oily or musty odour, and the bodies of dead cockroaches may be found around the home.
If you do have a cockroach infestation, it’s best to call in a specialist to get rid of them.
The specialist will not only remove the cockroaches from your home, but help to put in preventative measures to make sure they don’t come back.
Published at Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:17:00 +0000