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Comment: Tonight, I was sitting with some friends and one mentioned that cockroaches eat the
"sleep" from the corner of people's eyes as they are sleeping.

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They do what???? That doesnt make any sense...

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There are some 3500 cockroach species worlwide, so it's hard to generalize. But, generally, roaches are scavengers. They eat what they find. Some species prefer starchy foods; some want protein. They need moisture. The ones that infest houses prefer narrow areas where they can touch a surface on both sides. They'd rather scuttle along walls, so they can at least touch one surface.

So, under "normal" conditions, roaches are not likely to be climbing over people at night. ("Normal" being any infestation that is not so horrible it makes the news). The roaches would rather be along the walls and under the garbage pail or in a bookshelf. They may if an infestation is severe, get into bedclothes, but crawling across a person's face is really too exposed for them. On the other hand, if things are disastrous (as in the cockroach infestation is so severe, the roaches don't have enough food), human eyes could be a moisture source for them that might be attractive. In that case, you might indeed experience them crawling across your face at night. I found a number of such anecdotes, mainly from the tropics

But I don't see roaches heading for eyes every night on a routine basis in a more or less well maintained residence.

Source--Kathy B's personal expertise.

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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
They do what???? That doesnt make any sense...

Diddo on that question. I can understand if they are spreading the old wives tale "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" but cockroaches eating sleeps I don't.

Bad matresses, caffiene overdose, injuries, and a few others can be the lead causes of sleep depression.

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"Sleep" is that crusty, dried stuff in the corners of your eyes when you wake up in the morning.

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"Sleep" is that crusty, dried stuff in the corners of your eyes when you wake up in the morning.
And the cockroaches are welcome to it. It's not like I have a use for the stuff.

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quote:
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"Sleep" is that crusty, dried stuff in the corners of your eyes when you wake up in the morning.
And the cockroaches are welcome to it. It's not like I have a use for the stuff.

- snopes

But do you really want cockroaches crawling on your face to get at it. [Eek!]

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quote:
But do you really want cockroaches crawling on your face to get at it.
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

- snopes

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

- snopes

What is going on at your house?!?

Seaboe, who does her best to keep the livestock outside where they belong (including the insectoid kind)

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
quote:
But do you really want cockroaches crawling on your face to get at it.
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

The rats were probably trying to practice rodentistry .
[Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
quote:
But do you really want cockroaches crawling on your face to get at it.
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

- snopes

I first read thet as peeing into your mouth, not that either would be very fun.

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I recall with unwelcome clarity the time I woke to find a cockroach wedged between my lower lip and teeth...you may hear the distant echo of my screams to this day.
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
quote:
But do you really want cockroaches crawling on your face to get at it.
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

- snopes

No, no, no. Can't accidentally swallow a rat.

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I awoke at my aunt's house once with a dreadful pain in my ear. I ran upstairs screaming and my aunt pulled on my earlobe and out comes this roach. I hate roaches. /shiver

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Well, I don't know about cockroaches but my cat Mittens does that to me...sometimes she gets a little too excited and bites my eyelids...hurts like hell.
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Am I the only one who saw this thread and misread the title as "Sheep-eating cockroaches?"
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Okay, have to say it.
Everytime I see the title of the thread I immediatly start thinking "can't sleep. Cockroaches will eat me."

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YAY! It's random fact time!

The average person, in a year, eats eight spiders in their sleep! Spiders just go on in, and get pushed down the throat.

Pork "zzzz chomp!" Chop

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quote:
Originally posted by Hazed:
Well, I don't know about cockroaches but my cat Mittens does that to me...sometimes she gets a little too excited and bites my eyelids...hurts like hell.

I had a kitten that did that. She'd always go playing with my eyes when I was in REM sleep. It was pretty freaky to wake up from a dream to see an open cat-mouth waiting to bite my eyeball.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pork Chop:
YAY! It's random fact time!

The average person, in a year, eats eight spiders in their sleep! Spiders just go on in, and get pushed down the throat.

Pork "zzzz chomp!" Chop

No they don't!

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I just heard this one on Buggin' With Josh. It was started by sailors who claimed they their eyebrows had been eaten by roaches while they slept. Apparently, roaches are one of the few creatures in the world that can digest keratin.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
I've awakened with rats crawling on my face (and peering into my mouth) before. Given the choice, I'll take the occasional cockroach.

- snopes

Count me in. I'd love to have a colony of hissing cockroaches, but SO is too squicked out by bugs *sigh*. I have to settle for going to the petstore and fondling them wistfully under a clerk's watchful eye.

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it's not a cockroach that does this. it's the kissing bug that does it. also, it doesn't "eat the sleep" from the corners of your mouth, but finds it an easy place to pierce the skin for a blood meal. it then urinates while it eats, spreading disease.
http://www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/inverts/tria-pro.html

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Oh, yeah, that's so comforting to know. yikes. [Eek!]

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quote:
Originally posted by TB Tabby:
I just heard this one on Buggin' With Josh. It was started by sailors who claimed they their eyebrows had been eaten by roaches while they slept. Apparently, roaches are one of the few creatures in the world that can digest keratin.

Sounds like a way to explain last nights drunken initiation passage.

"Officer! Where are your eyebrows."

"Cockroaches sir!"

"Again with the cockroaches eh? As you were."

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quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast burger with fries:
I first read thet as peeing into your mouth

So did I. 3 times, in fact. First reading...second reading to confirm I'd read right. A third time when you said this...then another confirmation read and I finally read it right.

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