I found this in my bathtub. Is this bed bugs ?
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
Sometimes people assume it's bed bugs and start throwing things away and spraying. And spending money.
The VERY FIRST thing you do is verify activity. I can usually ask some questions and make sense of what's going on.
First, a bathtub would be an abnormal place for someone to find their first bed bug.
What floor is this bathtub ? 2nd. Is there an attic above ? Yes. Do you have a bat issue or have had a bat issue. Yes - I had bats removed 2 months ago by a company. Has anyone had bites ? No. Save this specimen, but it's most likely a bat bug. She sent it in a ziploc to me and it is a bat bug for sure. I had to magnify it because they resemble bed bugs very much. The longer hairs gave it away. That's one of the differences between the 2. They feed on bats and when the bats are removed they wander aimlessly looking for them. But they don't behave like bed bugs.
Here's our Deal.
There are plenty of real bed bug issues for us to deal with. We don't want anyone to make bad decisions.
We've been doing this a long time and we can correct even the ugliest of situations.
As they say, let's keep it real !