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Posted on February 13, 2012 with No Comments
So how do you know if you have bed bugs or chimney swift bugs? Cimexopsis Nyctalis, also known as chimney swift bugs, are found in chimney’s. This insect, a relative of the human bed bug, is an obligate temporary ecto-parasite of birds. It is not common in Connecticut but have recently been found in Greenwich. Chimney swift bugs have been known to feed on humans, but will not live on people as does the common bed bug, Cimex Lectularius. The chimney swift bug is small, and can be easily mistaken for a common bed bug nymph.
Cimexopsis nyctalis is a common pest of chimney swifts (Chaetura pelagica), a native bird species in North America. Thus there are wildlife health and conservation issues associated with the species. It also may incidentally enters building upon which chimney swifts nest and bites of humans, although rare, are reported. Furthermore the increased attention given to the closely related bed bug has increased need to provide established common names that can clearly define discussion of all the commonly encountered North American cimicidae family.
Chimney swift bugs are typically associated with birds, it is essential to divert birds from entering and nesting in your chimney by having Envirocare Air Quality Restoration install chimney guards or chimney caps in your Westchester, Connecticut or New Jersey residence or business.
If you are unsure whether you are dealing with bed bugs or chimney swift bugs, contact JP McHale Pest Management for proper identification before initiating a bed bug elimination plan.