Your Guide To Kissing Bugs
Triatomine Bugs, more commonly known as Kissing Bugs, are bloodsucking insects notorious for carrying Chagas disease. They live in the southern United States – including Arizona – as well as Mexico, Central America, and South America. While they typically live outdoors, they are attracted to lights, which draws them towards homes and buildings. Triatomine bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on the blood of mammals, including birds, reptiles, and humans. They earned their nickname as Kissing Bugs because they tend to bite their victims around their mouths. They are also known as “cone-nosed bugs” due to their shape, or “assassin bugs” because their bites are potentially deadly. They are notorious for transmitting Chagas disease, a rare but incurable condition that can cause heart failure. While Chagas disease is extremely rare in the United States, some people still have allergic reactions to Kissing Bugs, which is why it’s wise to prevent an infestation.
Eleven species of triatomine bugs have been found in the United States. They are wingless, and usually dark brown with red or orange markings on their body. They can range in size from 2 millimeters to just over an inch in length.
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