Bat Bugs Pest Control
Understanding Bat Bugs and Knowing How to Treat an Infestation
Bat bugs are found in the United States and are common mostly in the Midwest. Bat bugs are normally found in houses and also different types of buildings that have a lot of surrounding bats. When an infestation is found in a home it is normally because a bat has carried the bat bugs into that home. Because bats will roost in the chimney, attic, or even the shutters of a home sometimes the bat bugs will venture a little way and if the bats are eliminated either by humans or they choose to migrate then the bat bugs are in search of new hosts. Sometimes they will even find their way to an actual bed where bed bugs reside but that is only typical when they realize there is a host for the blood they seek nearby.
Another place that a bat bug can be found is in a motel because they are normally filled with travelers! Once a person unpacks their items the things that have bat bugs themselves or even eggs on them will be released into the room. The start of an infestation takes just one female bat bug that has fed off of a host. She can then be on her own to lay eggs which will soon hatch breeding an infestation.
Bat Bug Life Cycle
The Bat Bug life cycle is not too detailed and can be described as follows:
- Once a female has fed on a host she will be able to lay eggs. She can lie in between 3-6 eggs in a single day but can actually lay hundreds of eggs throughout her lifespan. The female makes sure to lay her eggs where they will not be disturbed in places like crevices and cracks of floors and walls. When she lays her eggs they come with a glue-like goo that secures them to the surface on which they are laid.
- After the eggs are laid it takes 1-2 weeks for them to hatch into tiny versions of the adult bat bugs. They are hungry immediately and each time they eat they actually shed their current skin. It is like reaching a new level of maturity each time they feed, it only takes 5 times of feeding to reach adulthood. In a perfect setting, it would take around 3 months for an egg to reach the adult stage.
Treating Bat Bugs in your New Jersey Home
- First and foremost you have to rid yourselves of any bats there may be near the area. Safe bat removal needs to be performed to ensure that all of the bats are gone from the home or structure. This may take some time and depending upon when the bat problem is noticed, there are time restrictions on when bat removal can be performed. This is why as soon as a bat problem is noticed you should have it looked at to nip any potential problem before it develops into a much larger one.
- Next, you also want to remove any alternative host animals such as birds or rodents.
- Now an insecticide treatment can be performed, first treating the area where the bats or rodents were and then where the bat bugs themselves had traveled to. Dust formulations, pest strips, or residual insecticides may be applied in the treatment.
- The treatment will focus on all cracks and crevices that the bat bugs could or could have used.
- Sanitizing everything in the home is always a great idea and can include laundering vacuuming, and simply cleaning and sanitizing all areas.
- If you believe your mattress has been infested you can scrub it and also vacuum it. Then you will want to cover it with a zippered cover mattress encasement and leave that cover on for at least a year! If there are bat bugs inside of it then they need to have an adequate amount of time to die, remember they can live a long time without a meal.
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