Living With Bat Bugs

Bat Bug

Bat Bug

The now familiar bed bug, Cimex lectularius, has a close relative, Cimex adjunctus, the bat bug. The bat bug has similar habits to the bed bug but its primary hosts are bats. Most of the time bat bugs harbor in cracks and crevices near areas where bats are roosting. The bat bugs emerge to feed on their host, then return to their harborage. Bat bugs can feed on humans and other animals, but do so when bats are unavailable. Occasionally, bats lodging in a home or building are excluded by sealing the entrances. The starving bat bugs left behind will search for other sources of blood meals. At one time, reports of bat bugs were more common in the US Midwest than bed bugs. This is no longer the case.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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4 Responses to Living With Bat Bugs

  1. Pingback: Living With Bat Bugs | Living With Insects Blog

  2. Looks like along with bed bug control, we also need bat bug control now.

  3. Sierra says:

    I live on the third floor of an apartment building but maybe a few feet away is a chimney that spews out bats exactly at sunset. I found a small flat brown and black bug on my window dead, and have been suffering with hives and random bites on my legs. I was wondering if this bug can still get in my apartment even if I’m on the third floor and what I should tell the building manager.

  4. jjneal says:

    I would check for bed bugs. Look under your mattress for reddish brown spots.
    Alternatively, you could have fleas or mites.

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