Bat bugs, relatives of the common bed bug, are insects that can invade your home if you have a bat infestation. Some may question, “Can you catch diseases from these bugs?” or “Can they infest your home like other pests?” Learn about bats bugs below and why you may be seeing them around your home or business.
How Do They Compare To Bed Bugs?
Although they do have some differences, for the most part, these two insects are very similar. Bat bugs and bed bugs have a similar size, shape and color. If you were to look at them side by side and not know that they were two different bugs, you would more than likely think they were two of the same species. The primary difference between the two are that the bat bugs have longer hairs on their upper thorax regions compared to the shorter hair of the bed beg. Nonetheless, neither one of these critters should be guests in your home.
Do Bat Bugs Carry Diseases?
Also similar to bed bugs, bat bugs do not transmit diseases to humans if one were to bite you. However, their bite can still be painful and irritate your skin. These little insects do carry harmful pathogens on their bodies, which can get on areas that they move around on, like your couch, mattress or any other piece of furniture. This is not a pleasant situation and it is something that needs to be handled quickly before they spread further throughout your home.
Are They Harmful To Humans?
Unlike the bed bug, bat bugs like to feed on the blood of bats. They do not feed on human blood, unless they have no other choice. In fact, they cannot reproduce without being able to feed off of their bat hosts. Additionally, they are commonly found where bats like to roost, such as in your attic or chimney. However, even if the bat colony leaves your home, some bat bugs can still remain. They can eventually make their way into the lower portion of your residence, into furniture and mattresses.
What To Do If You Have Bat Bugs In Your Home
If you have noticed bat bugs in your home, then you need bat removal service. As previously stated, they cannot survive without their host so they will not stray far. Your first step is to call Varmint Gone at 888-391-3330 or schedule your inspection online and verify whether or not you have a bat infestation in your home. An interior decontamination is completed by removing bat urine and guano, exterminating any bat bugs, sanitizing and disinfecting the attic and removing contaminated insulation. With over 30 years of professional experience, we have the skills necessary to resolve your bat and bat bug situation!