What Do Cockroach Bites Look Like?

Brown Banded Roach

People often ask what cockroach bites look like. So, this week we decided to get to the bottom of it. We’ll also tackle some other frequently asked questions concerning this disgusting household pest.

What Do Cockroach Bites Look Like?

Cockroach bites typically look similar to other types of non-venomous bug bites. They appear as a reddish-pink itchy mound on the skin. How can you distinguish between a cockroach bite and something else? There are a few hints that can help you come to a conclusion. Firstly, unlike bed bug bites, cockroaches tend only to bite once. And second, cockroach bites are almost always larger than similar-looking bug bites.

Why Are Cockroaches So Hard to Kill?

There are a couple of things everybody agrees about regarding cockroaches. They’re gross, and they’re very hard to kill. But why are cockroaches hard to kill? Like all insects, cockroaches have an exoskeleton. Of course, most insects are not as hard to kill as a cockroach. The reason for cockroaches’ survivability is their exoskeleton’s incredibly high flexibility. Their exoskeleton bends instead of breaking, allowing them to survive a crushing force of 900 times their body weight. 

But wait, there’s more. Cockroaches can also live without body parts we would normally consider essential for a creature. Namely, their heads. Because a cockroach does not breathe through its mouth but rather through holes in its torso, it can live for up to a week without a head. Basically, they stay alive until they die from dehydration. 

How Do Cockroaches Reproduce So Quickly?

If you thought we were done with the truth is stranger than fiction stuff, think again. Cockroaches, like other insects, reproduce sexually. They create offspring after a male and female mate. However, cockroaches do not have to mate to reproduce. When deprived of males, female cockroaches can reproduce asexually through a process called parthenogenesis. Because of this, a single female cockroach can soon populate your home with more filthy roaches. 

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