If you believe that your home has fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, it may be time to conduct some research to make sure that the little critters really are bed bugs. Here are some of the bugs mistaken for bed bugs.
Unlike bugs, beetles possess chewing mouthparts to eat anything from hardwood to rotting fungi. Another difference is how they undergo metamorphosis. Bugs undergo incomplete metamorphosis which means the juveniles resemble the adults on a smaller scale.
Bat bugs are easier to eradicate from a home than bed bugs. Once bats have been removed from the home, a pest control technician will take the necessary steps to eliminate the bugs from the dwelling. Comparison of bat bug (R) vs. bed bug (L). Source: PCT Magazine August 2013. Carpet beetles are another common pest of homes, often mistaken for
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Additionally, a behavioral difference is that bed bugs feed on blood while carpet beetles feed on material type substances like carpet, woolen fabric, and other materials as well as types of stored up food. Bed bugs have small, flat bodies making it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces about the width of a credit card.
We tend to use the word bug loosely for any very small creature with legs. However, a true bug is defined as belonging to the order Hemiptera. These creatures characteristically have tough forewings and lack teeth, such as beetles. True bugs have a stylet (a mouth shaped like a straw) that they use to suck juices from plants.