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Bed Bug Look Alikes

  1. Bat Bugs.
    Bat bugs are very similar in appearance to bed bugs and are best identified by an expert. The primary difference is the longer fringe hairs located just below their head. As their name suggests, they feed on the blood of bats, commonly found in attics. If the bats are eliminated and bat bugs are left behind, they will feed on both humans and pets.
  2. Spider Beetle
    Spider beetles are the shape and size of fleas, oval and dark brown. They may appear bloated and reddish brown as if they had just fed on human blood. You may assume they feed on human blood, but they feast on items found in household pantries during the night or in dark locations.
  3. Carpet Beetles
    Carpet beetles are small, round and brown with distinct wings. Their larvae look like furry caterpillars. Carpet beetles do not bite, but people with allergies to them can experience welts if exposed to their tiny hairs. Carpet beetles can damage fabric, furniture, carpeting and clothing that contain natural animal fibers.
  4. Booklice
    Booklice are commonly mistaken for bed bug nymphs. They are smaller in size, ranging from translucent white to gray or brown in color. They can often be found under wallpaper and along the sides of windows and window sills. Their primary food source is mold, pollen, fungi and dead insects.
  5. Cockroach Nymphs 
    Cockroach nymphs hide in cracks and crevices preferring to stay close to food, warmth, and moisture. They are most active at night. They appear white immediately after hatching or molting, and quickly turn a reddish brown, much like a bed bug. However, the cockroach nymph is more in the shape of a cylinder, whereas a bed bug is shorter and shaped like an oval, or apple-seed. Exposure to cockroaches can lead to asthma and trigger asthma attacks.




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