If cockroaches find their way into your home or on to your patio, there is a chance that one will bite you at some point. It goes without saying, that this is something that you should do everything within your power to avoid, as roaches are known to carry a wide variety of diseases and the wounds caused by their bites often become infected.
Before you suffer from a bite, you should strongly consider calling us at Planet Orange, a roach exterminator that performs roach control by using eco-friendly products. If a cockroach has already bitten you, make sure you do the following:
- Clean the wound
- Observe the wound as it heals
- Contact a medical professional if the wound becomes infected
Obviously, it is always best to prevent a bite in the first place, but it is also important to understand how to properly care for one in the event that you experience a bite.
Keep the Wound Clean
Cockroaches are nocturnal, so it is most likely that you will experience a bite while you sleep. If you wake up in the morning and notice a new wound, it may be the result of a cockroach bite. Make sure that you thoroughly disinfect the wound, as roaches carry a great deal of bacteria in their mouths.
To clean the wound, you will need a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol. Pinch the wound so that your body forces the bacteria out of the bite site, then swab the wound with the rubbing alcohol. This will disinfect any remaining bacteria and hopefully help you avoid an infection.
Pay Close Attention to the Wound as It Heals
If you have kept the wound clean and properly disinfected it, your wound should heal and will disappear over the course of a week or so. You should pay careful attention to the wound during this time, as it is still possible that the wound can become infected despite your efforts to keep it clean. You will know that the bite is infected if you observe more swelling at the site or if the wound turns a bright red or a deep purple. It is also possible that the wound will turn green in some cases. If this occurs, you should either get some anti-bacterial medicine or visit a doctor for further assistance.
Take Steps to Eliminate the Roaches From Your Home
If you see one cockroach in your home, it is likely that there are many more hiding in a variety of locations that you simply cannot see. Call us at 1-800-767-2643 as soon as possible so we can help you get rid of those cockroaches so you do not have to experience a roach bite first hand.