Bat Bug

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Cimex pilosellus

How to Identify an 

Bat Bug

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.

Where do they come from?

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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What do they look like?

Bat bug is very similar in appearance to the bed bug
Identification between the bat and bed bug is the length of hairs. A bat bug's hairs are longer than their eye, while a bed bug's is very short.
Bats roosting under the shingles of a home. This is where bat bugs could be found.

Where do they live?

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.


Cimex pilosellus




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