Size: Bat bugs are typically about 7mm or 1/4 inch in length, slightly larger than common bed bugs.
Color: Bat bugs are a dull reddish-brown color.
Description: Bat bugs are found in the United States and Canada, but they prefer warm climates. Bat bugs are similar in appearance to common bed bugs, except they have a wider head and are slightly larger. They feed primarily on the blood of bats but can also bite humans if bat populations are low.
How to identify Bat bugs?
Bat bugs can be identified by their wider head, larger size, and dull reddish-brown color. They are visible to the naked eye but can be difficult to find in dark crevices. It can be hard to distinguish bat bugs from other types of bed bugs. If you can manage to take a photograph of the bug in question, we offer a free pest identification service that can help you determine exactly what type of bug you are dealing with.
Signs you may have Bat bugs
The presence of bat bugs is usually indicated by bites on people or animals in the home. Bat bugs are attracted to human blood, so if there are no bats present in your area, they may seek out humans instead. Other signs of a potential infestation include dark spots on mattresses or other surfaces, shed skins, and eggs.
Preventing Bat bugs
Preventing bat bugs from entering your home is similar to preventing common bed bugs. Thoroughly inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it into your home, and wash and dry all fabrics at high temperatures to kill any hidden bed bugs. Also, keep an eye out for signs of bat activity in the area around your home, as bat bugs are usually found near the sites of roosting bats. Regularly vacuum your home and use mattress encasements to reduce the risk of an infestation. By following these prevention tips, you can help protect your home from bat bug invasions.