Bat bugs feed on blood from bats, but when they wander away from the bat roost area, they will feed on other warm-blooded animals, including people. This feeding is an annoyance but is not dangerous. Bat bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases.
Appearance. Bat bug vs bed bug The greatest visual difference is that bat bugs possess longer, and more hairs on their thorax (think, neck region). Upon feeding, their abdomens become red and swell in size, going from flat to fat within minutes. It typically takes a professional to tell bat bugs and bed bugs apart.
BBCTV #18 Bed Bugs vs. Bat Bugs February 25, 2009 4:41 pm In this episode, Jeff will discuss the differences in treatment approaches when dealing with a bat bug infestation. Recently in some
While bed bugs have recently made a comeback, becoming a scourge to humans everywhere, bat bugs prefer to feed on, well, bats. Bat bug bites. Bat bugs do not live on bats; they reside where bats live. They feed on sleeping bats and then sneak away to cracks and crevices. Unlike bed bugs, bat bugs will feed on humans only if there are no bats around.
The first and primary place to start in determining if it's bat bugs or simply bed bugs, is to inspect your home for the presence of bats. As easy as that sounds, bats actually burrow into your insulation, so finding them does not include just peaking into your attic.