Are you sure you have Bed Bugs and not Bat Bugs? You better find out before you start the extermination process or you could end up re-infested and spending a fortune in pest control!
Bat bugs choose to fly with the bats instead of hitching a ride with humans; their preferred host is the bat and it’s believed that bed bugs descended from bat bugs. Cave man and bats lived in close proximity to each other and it’s when bats abandoned the cave that the bugs made the jump to humans. Scientific name of the bat bug is Cimex Adjunctus of the order Hemiptera: Cimicidae
If your home has bats that carry bat bugs, then you not only have to exterminate the bat bugs, but must get rid of the bats as well. The question is, what does a bat bug look like in comparison to a bed bug?
The trick to identifying a bat bug is by looking at the length of hairs on the upper covering of the thorax. The picture above is the joining of one half bat bug (left side) and one half bed bug (right side). You’ll notice that the length of the bat bugs hairs is longer than the width of its eye. The bed bug however, has hairs that are smaller than the width of its eye.
Once you have effectively isolated the type of bug you’re dealing with, you can then begin a calculated pest control solution.
Note: Bats are important, PLEASE DO NOT kill them. AustinBatHospital.com/gotbats.html has detailed information and diagrams on how to get rid of bats without harming them. Bats don’t like these bugs any more than we do :)