You have probably heard a lot about the “creatures of the night” commonly known as bed bugs. But do you know about their close relatives, bat bugs? A bat bug infestation can be just as much of a hassle as a bed bug invasion – especially for people who live in or travel to mountain cabins.
We want to make sure you know the differences between bat bugs and their counterparts so you can spot them and quickly get rid of them.
- Who do they feed on?
Bed Bugs: Bed bugs feed primarily on humans.
Bat Bugs: You guessed it – bat bugs feed mostly on bats. If there are no bats present, however, they will feed on humans.
- Where do they live?
Bed Bugs: Bed bugs prefer tight, dark and private areas, such as beds, couches, chairs, desks, luggage and even picture frames holding your cherished memories.
Bat Bugs: Bat bugs do not nest directly on bats, instead they cling to areas near them, most commonly attics, chimneys and walls.
- Do they bite?
Bed Bugs: Yes, unfortunately these pesky creatures do bite. Bed bugs tend to bite while you are asleep, drawing blood from the body. Although their bites may not be painful, they tend to be very itchy.
Bat Bugs: Bat bugs bite, as well. They, however, live off the blood of bats. Again, if a bat is not present, a bat bug will resort to biting humans.
- What do they look like?
Bed Bugs: These bugs measure about 5-7mm long and are a reddish-brown color.
Bat Bugs: To the naked eye, a bat bug looks very similar to a bed bug. The only visible difference is its hairstyle, which tends to be longer than bed bugs.
- The question you have been waiting for, how do you get rid of them?
Bed Bugs: The best way to rid your home from a bed bug problem is to use a safe and reliable pest care service.
Bat Bugs: A bat bug problem is a little trickier to solve. Bat bugs will only leave if their hosts – the bats – are gone, therefore you must also dispose of them.
So, if bed bugs aren’t enough to freak you out, you now have the knowledge of bat bugs to churn in your mind. If you fear that your house or cabin may have an infestation of bed bugs, bat bugs, or even worse, both, contact us for an inspection to ease your concerns.