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.
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 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.