Bat Bug Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Cimex Pilosellus
Cimex Pilosellus

Bat bugs have a similar appearance to bed bugs and in the same family of insects. To distinguish a bat bug from a bed bug, measure the hair the hairs behind the head. If the hair is longer than the width of the eye, it is not a bed bug and most likely a bat bug. Bed bug hairs look nicely trimmed and short.

Bats are the primary host for bat bugs. When bats find a roost inside building, bat bugs can become a problem. Bat bugs can bite humans but their primary host is bats.

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Where do they lay their eggs
Where do they lay their eggs

Bat bugs develop in colonies of roosting bats, which can sometimes occur in attics or behind walls of buildings. They will lay their eggs in the roosts of the bat colonies.


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Bat bugs feed on blood and can bit humans. They can also be easily confused with bed bugs.

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How To Eliminate Bat Bugs
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If bat bugs are found in a home or structure, inspect for bats. Then assess the situation and devise a strategy to remove the bats from the structure. Laws must be followed and this can only happen in the late fall and winter when there are no young bats. Remove the bats and then seal up the building to keep the bats. Then a treatment with residual insecticides can be performed in likely bat bug harborages near the bat roosts.

Correct Identification is Critical
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Bed bug and bat bugs may look alike but their treatments are very different. If these insects are misidentified, treatments will probably not work. For bat bug control to succeed, bats must be excluded. Then a treatment with residual insecticides where the bats were living is usually necessary. Bed bugs live near humans while bat bugs live near bats. Where we treat will be very different.

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