Do Roaches Eat Bed Bugs? | {Myth or Reality}

A lot of people ask a question that if they have roaches and bed bugs in their house, then will cockroaches eat bed bugs?

This can be a great food for them. In the below, you’ll get to know the short answer of this question about the roaches and the bed bugs. 

House Roaches Eat Bed bugs

Most people find roaches repulsive and scary. However, these frightening pests may be of good use also – getting rid of other awful, fearsome pest in your home. It is right to fear cockroaches and not want them in your homes.

The little creeping insects are known to be related to early symptoms of asthma in children. It is also responsible for a lot of other scary things like contaminating your food, bring germs and diseases that affect humans, etc.

About millions of homes around the world have to deal with roaches’ infestation. The creeping insects vary from place to another with over 4,000 different species.

They are relentless, strong pests. Roaches have survived more than one mass extinctions and have lived about 250 million years. Also, cockroaches are nocturnal insects; they are always active for about four hours after you switch off the light for bed.

They spend the four hours in search of food with high water content. They look for food scraps, unsealed food containers, sugar and greases deposits, pet food, and rancid meat.

Roaches are ideal for cleaning up our environment. They are omnivore scavengers aiding in recycling organic litters that add up when not properly decomposed as it should be by specific organisms. They eat mostly anything – electric wires, paper, clothes, binding off the back of books, including bedbugs. Even, if they don’t find any food, cockroaches can even bite humans.

Bedbugs can take up your whole apartment, shelters, hotels, office, etc. they are very small annoying insects that feed mainly on blood, precisely humans. They often take shelter in pillows, furniture, luggage, and so on. Bedbug bites can bring about skin irritation and certain allergic reactions.

Do Roaches Eat Bed Bugs?

In other words, having bedbugs inhabit your home might cause a lot of exhausting and annoying problem. However, having roaches around your home can help prevent bedbug infestation.

Roaches are known enemies of bedbugs. Cockroach consumes them during their four hours of being actively searching for food. A bedbug always seems like a good, nice meal for roaches.

After four hours of vigorous feeding on bedbugs, they get into the dark, warm corners of your home – wall cavities, cracks and crevices in kitchen and bathroom, foodstuffs, electrical appliances, and so forth.

Just as roaches, bedbugs are very active at night, which makes it possible for roaches to feast on bedbugs before they get to your blood first. How do cockroaches find bedbugs?

They make use of their acute sensory and survival instincts. Although roaches are mostly found in two places – kitchens and garbage, they always locate the bedbug and eagerly feed on them.

Bottom Line

Cockroaches are amazing – get rid of organic litters in your environmental and also bedbug colony. Sadly, roaches itself are carriers of germs and spread diseases that cause harm to humans.

One out of many havoc they cause to human is salmonella, which causes stomach problems. Also, they are known to be responsible for causing an asthmatic reaction, especially children. Human often contacts pathogenic organism through cockroach droppings and secretions meant for defensive.

Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh has a few years of experience in Pest control. Apart from his interest in sports, he has helped many people to get rid of cockroaches and other pests.

1 Comment

  1. I have been dealing with bed bugs for over a year. Its been horrible. Well I was given some furniture and was given a few friends with it. Now I have roaches. Not bad I see a few here and there. But I have decided to wait to get rid of them due to the fact they do eat bed bugs. With my experience with both critters roaches are WAY easier to get rid of. So since they moved in we have seen a decrease in bites that we get. I know gross right. But I have spent countless hours and so much money trying to get rid of the bed bugs. So if I can eliminate them with our new guest they can stay for now. Only because of their abilities to help us. Thank you for this article it was very helpful.

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