Bat, bed and swallow bugs info

Bat, bed and swallow bugs info

5931   Hi,   I live 30 min East of Calgary, Ab. The attached photo was just taken, so its winter time. We have seen 15-20 of these in the last month. Mainly on baseboards, or on walls. We got our house inspected and there were no signs of the bugs during inspection. Nothing around any beds, or in the beds, which lead our inspector to think these are bat bugs. He seemed to think the color of the bug in the picture is off from what a bed bug should look like also. There was a serious swallow bird problem (20 nests) on the side of our house last year. I have heard swallow bugs look similar to bed bugs. Regardless the treatment is the same for both. But I would like to know if this is a swallow bug. Then I know for sure I need to do something about the bird problem next year also. Thanks in advance, Jamie. 

Unfortunately, your image is not clear enough for a positive identification; this usually requires examination of the specimen with a good magnifying glass. See http://tinyurl.com/hucqs55 for a fact sheet that includes a key to separating bat, bed, and swallow bugs. That aside, swallow bugs usually have a hairier appearance than the other species – see http://tinyurl.com/jswylwz for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.