Size: Swallow bugs are typically about 4 – 5mm or 1/8 inch in length, smaller than common bed bugs.
Color: Swallow bugs are a brownish-gray color.
Description: Swallow bugs are found throughout North America, and they feed on the blood of birds, such as swallows and house martins. They can also bite humans if bird populations are low. Swallow bugs are similar in appearance to common bed bugs, but they have a more pointed head and longer antennae. Swallow bugs are most active at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day.
How to identify Swallow bugs?
Swallow bugs can be identified by their small size, pointed head, and brownish-gray color. They are visible to the naked eye but can be difficult to find in dark crevices. It can be hard to distinguish swallow 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 Swallow bugs
The presence of swallow bugs is usually indicated by bites on humans and birds in the home. Swallow bugs are attracted to avian blood, so if there are no birds 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 Swallow bugs
Preventing swallow 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 swallow bugs or bed bugs. Also keep an eye out for signs of bird activity in the area around your home, as swallow bugs are usually found near the sites of roosting birds. 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 swallow bug invasions.