Bat bugs

Asked June 15, 2017, 9:39 AM EDT

Hi, I recently brought a bug into the Blair County office to have it identified. It was sent to the Penn State Entomologist and was identified as a bat bug. At the time we thought the few bugs we found in our home were due to chimney swifts but I recently found that we have a colony of bats in the soffit right outside my daughter's bedroom windows. The bat bugs are getting into our house and I believe my daughter is getting bit. We are making arrangements to get rid of the bats in the next week or two, but I want to make sure that we don't get bombarded by the bat bugs. From what I read, when you get rid of the bats, the bugs will come in your home, looking for a new host. My questions are: 1. Can I treat my home for the bat bugs before I get rid of the bats? (I wasn't sure if that is a pointless since I can't actually get to the actual souce) 2. What would be the appropriate pesticides and procedures to use? ( I have read that powders would work. Should I spray outside on the roof as well as inside her bedroom, around the windows, etc? ) Any information you can give us would be great! Thanks!

Blair County Pennsylvania pest control structural and household pests

1 Response

You should wait till the source of infestation has been removed (bats). I suggest contacting a professional pest control applicator known to the area. They will be able to match the right controls to the location infested.

For more on bats, see:
http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/wildlife/faqs/nuisance-damage/timing-for-excluding-bats
and
http://bit.ly/1fcEPAp

Thanks, G.