Thomas Posted December 3, 2013 Share Posted December 3, 2013 I've read a few pest control sites' roach pages in the past, and some mentioned roaches biting people. I thought to myself "What a stupid idea. Every roach site says that that roaches do not bite". Just a minute ago, though, I think I experienced what one would call a roach "bite" from an adult male Blaberus discoidalis. When I handle them, they're usually very jittery and flutter off of my hand, which is really entertaining -the distances they can cover are sometimes beyond what I expect, and I have to go on a little roach hunt to get them back. Anyway, I was handling him and he seemed pretty calm and suddenly, to my surprise, he gave my hand a firm nibble with his mandibles. It scared me a lot more than I thought it would, and I almost flung him off. I think he was trying to eat me as my Pycnoscelus surinamensis often do, but when they do it, it's much more gentle, and they continue to chew for a while before giving up. This discoid, though, gave me a pretty big jump. Interesting behavior; I wonder if they ever use this for self defense? Has anyone else experienced something like this? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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