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How to Treat a Cockroach Bite

In days of old when swarthy sailors swash-buckled across the seas, their biggest fears did not concern cannon balls or hurricanes. There were so many cockroaches on ships, they gnawed on the flesh of sailors. It was not uncommon for seadogs to wear leather gloves at night to prevent their fingers from becoming roach chow.

Fast forward a few centuries and the creaking wooden ships from days of yore are long gone. But, as we all know, cockroaches are still with us and are still hungry. The roaming roaches are nocturnal, which means they feed at night. Cockroaches are willing to munch on fingernails, hair, or eyelashes but they also might try to take a bite out of your flesh while you sleep. Insomnia anyone?

The good news is cockroach bites are not generally life-threatening. They might cause minor irritation, swelling, or, worst-case scenario, infections. If a roach bites you, thoroughly clean the wound ASAP with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic like Bactine. If the bite does not disappear after a week, or appears infected, seek medical attention.

If you see red, swollen bumps on your skin, and you haven’t seen cockroaches recently, you could have a problem that is even less amusing. You might have been bitten by bed bugs, spiders, ticks, or fleas. There’s plenty of disgusting pictures on the Internet that will help you identify the variety of bug bites you might or might not have.

In general cockroaches are cautious critters and have little desire to mess with large, dangerous humans. They would much rather eat something that won’t fight back with a swinging flip-flop - like stray food in the kitchen, garbage in the can, or glue and paste on books and boxes. If you’re worried about roaches, place some roach bait stations around your house to eliminate worries about roach bites.