Treat Cockroach Bites

If you’ve been bitten by a cockroach. Do not panic. There are 3 simple steps you should be able to do anywhere.

Step 1 Exterminate the Roach

If a cockroach was crawling on you and you surprised it by (understandably) freaking out don’t lose track of it! Cockroaches work in groups and secrete pheromones to communicate with its brethren. Every cockroach that you see, could signal ten more and before you know it, you have an infestation.

Your wound can wait, squish the bug that bit you if you have the chance.

Step 2 Clean the wound

Cockroaches are a major vector of disease, they carry tons of bacteria in their mouth parts and a single bite can easily get infected and swell badly. Most often you wake up with a cockroach bite and the next day the bite wound is four times bigger and bright red. It is very important to clean the wound properly.

Get a cotton swap and some rubbing alcohol, dip the swab in the alcohol with one hand, and with the other pinch the bite about an inch from the center. Then rub the alcohol all over and around the pinched bite area. This is important to help your body force the bacteria out of the bite and the alcohol will do its job killing the infection.

Step 3 Keep an Eye on It

Although the bite will likely dissapear in a bit over a week, it is still important to keep an eye on the bite. If you did not thoroughly and properly clean the bite, it will almost certainly get infected. You can tell if a bite has become infected because it will swell with pus and change color. A cockroach bite could become bright red or dark purple and possibly a sickly green.

If your bite seems infected, you should go to a pharmacy or clinic and get some anti bacterial medicine. If the infection continues to worsen, see a doctor.


Insect bites suck, but if you’ve been bit by a roach, that really sucks. Follow the above steps and you will do well. Good luck in your recovery!

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