What is a bat bug infestation?
Bat bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that feed majorly on the blood of bats. These insects can either be red or dark brown and appear flattened, especially before feeding. An adult bat bug measures about 6 mm in length, they are blood-sucking insects that stay in bat colonies and feed on the blood of bats.
Bat bugs will only get into buildings with bats, they usually hide in tiny cracks and crevices and even after the bats are gone they can stay behind and proceed to feed on other mammals like rodents or humans. The primary host for bat bugs are big and little brown bats, and a colony of these bats in your home tremendously increases your chances of having bat bugs in your house.
Is there any difference between bat bugs and bed bugs?
Bat bugs and bed bugs are two different insects with very similar physical features. At first glance, they look very similar in appearance and you can only spot any difference under a microscope or magnifying lens. The major difference between these insects is that the fringe hairs on the thorax of a bat bug are much longer than those found on the thorax of a bed bug.
They are both blood-sucking insects, while bed bugs prefer to prey on humans, bat bugs enjoy the blood of bats and will only feed on humans as an alternative when bats become unavailable. Due to the very close resemblance between these two insects, bat bugs are often mistaken for bed bugs plus they feed in a very similar fashion.
Do bat bugs transmit any diseases?
Bat bugs are not known to transmit any form of disease as they do not transfer any disease- causing pathogens to humans. However, they can cause insomnia, panic, and anxiety to certain individuals. Bat bugs can only get into your home if you have a bat colony roosting in your attic, chimney, walls, or any part of your building. Even with the bats excluded but without proper cleanup and sanitization, these tiny blood- sucking insects will remain in your building and feed on rodents, and they can eventually find their way into your bedroom and start enjoying the blood of your family members and household.
Although they are different from bed bugs and behave differently, bat bugs also tend to hide away in mattresses, bed frames, and furniture, and before long they will multiply and spread resulting in a bat bug infestation.
What should you do if you suspect the presence of bat bugs in your home?
Bat bugs are clearly an indication that bats currently live or once lived in your building. And the first step to eradicating these bloodsuckers from your home is to eliminate every trace of bats. Once the bats are gone, you need to carry out a thorough cleanup and fumigation of the areas of infestation.
First, thoroughly vacuum the affected areas using industrial vacuums with HEPA filters, then proceed to sanitize with powerful cleaning chemicals. You will also need to focus on crevices, light fixtures, vents, cracks, and any place that can hide a tiny insect and spray it with a powerful insecticide. Watch out for brown, oval-shaped crawling insects and take note of the areas they’re crawling out from, also look out for bat bug eggs and make sure that every one of them is destroyed.
If you suspect the presence of a blood-sucking insect in your home, the best thing to do is to get in contact with a reliable pest control company in your area. Treat this with urgency because you may be unaware of the level of infestation, the type of insect, and any disease they can cause and therefore may not know the severity of the problem.