Millions of residential and commercial property owners deal with some form of bug infestation at some point in time. Whether its bees, wasps, mosquitos, ants, gnats, cockroaches, or fleas, many of us have been there before. However, of all of the pest outbreaks and infestations people encounter throughout a lifetime, bat mites are not a common one. But that is due to the fact that many property owners mistake a bat mite infestation for a bed bug infestation. As a result, property owners invest in bed bug fumigation and extermination services when they should be outsourcing bat removal services.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about bed bugs and bat mites, including how to tell the difference between the two and how to get rid of bat mites if they are indeed the culprit.
Bed Bugs Versus Bat Mites
Most people have heard stories of bed bug infestations, and many have even experienced it for themselves. The usual signs include itching, red bumps and bites, and actual minuscule bugs in your linens and bed sheets. To get rid of them, people have used exterminators, aerosol sprays, and insecticide treatments to kill and remove the “bed bug” problem. What some find, is that the infestation eventually comes back. This is most likely because they treatment administered wasn’t strong enough, or the infestation isn’t bed bugs at all, its bat mites.
Bat mites behave very similar to bed bugs. They are tiny parasitic insects that cling to a host and can live up to one year if the climate is agreeable. They live sustainably in dark and narrow areas, just like bats, which is why bats are their favorite hosts.
How to Exterminate Bat Mites
Standard extermination services are not enough for bat mites. An exterminator cannot simply spray, kill, and call it a day when it comes to bat mites. As long as their host remains, they remain and will continue to come back over and over again. No matter how many times the place is fumigated, sprayed, vaporized, or cleaned, the bat mites WILL NOT go away permanently until you get rid of the bats first.
Once the bat colonies are cleared from the area and proper preventative maintenance is implemented to ensure there will be no more future bat break-ins, you are on your way to a pest-free living space. This is when you can begin to properly clean and sanitize the area for bat mites.
Fortunately, there is a DNR licensed Central Indiana bat removal and control company that can provide all of these services in one affordable package deal. Contact us today at 317-535-4605 for professional attic inspections and bat removal service in Indianapolis, Indiana. We serve both residential and commercial clients.