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Moths That Drink Blood?

Everything You Need to Know About Vampire Moths

In nature there are many kinds of organisms that drink blood—mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, some flies and gnats, some other insects, leaches, and vampire bats. But vampire moths? It’s true—there is a group of moths in the genus Calyptra that are known as vampire moths because they are capable of drinking blood.

What Do Vampire Moths Eat?

Vampire moths normally pierce fruit to suck the juice, but they will also drink blood from humans. Vampire moths can pierce even the tough hides of animals like elephants and buffalos, so our skin is easy for them to penetrate. Interestingly, only the males drink blood. They have been recorded to continue sucking blood for almost an hour if left undisturbed! Plus, the place where they bite becomes red and sore.

Where Do Vampire Moths Live?

Most vampire moths live in the east in areas such as southeast Asia and eastern Africa. They can commonly be found in countries such as India, Japan, China, and more. You might also see these pests in eastern and southern Europe.

Only one species of the vampire moth – calyptra canadensis – lives in the United States and Canada. Luckily, this family of the moth do not often drink human blood and normally stick to fruits and other food.

At Halt Pest Control, our Portland exterminators have plenty of experience dealing with all types of bugs, rodents, and other pests. We understand that dealing with vampire moths is not something you’d rather do on your free time, which is why we’re ready to help.

Call our skilled team today at (503) 822-6555 for pest removal services you can rely on.