BAT BUG (Lepto Cimex Boueti)

 

Where can they be found?

They’re most commonly found in the places bats like to rest, such as attics or chimneys. Although, if the bats take off for a new home or die out, bat bugs will move downstairs and can show up in mattresses and beds.

How do they look?

Bat Bugs have small oval bodies that are flattish, so they can easily hide in cracks and crevices. These insects are transparent tan or beige in color, but will quickly turn dark brown after a blood meal. Their mouth parts look like a beak and are made for sucking and piercing. Bat bugs are nearly identical to a bed bug in appearance. You would need to use a microscope to tell the difference between the two. The main distinguishing feature is that bat bugs have much longer hairs on their bodies than bed bugs.

Bat Bug Overhead View
Bat Bug Overhead View
Bat Bug's Head Magnified
Bat Bug’s Head Magnified

Biology of the Bug

Their biology is the same as bed bugs, one distinct factor is that they are not able to reproduce without the blood meal of a bat.

Buggy Habits

Instead of wandering into the sunlight on the backs of humans, bat bugs (as their name implies) will rather stay in their caves, thriving by feeding on sleeping bats. In today’s world, bat bugs can be found just about anywhere a nest of bats are (which is to say, pretty much anywhere in the known world). They don’t nest on the bats themselves, but they are known to ride on them from place to place.

Unfortunately, if the bats leave the area for any amount of time, a hungry bat bug will settle for a human meal that’s close by. Their bites and behavior are identical to those of a bed bug, making them just as annoying when they start feeding. Bat bugs and bed bugs are extremely similar. At first, second, and nineteenth glance, they look the same. They both crawl, feed, and reproduce in the same ways. A distinct way that the two are different is their food preference.