Kissing Bugs Triatoma spp

Like mosquitoes and ticks, kissing bugs eat blood to live. They usually suck it from animals, including dogs, but sometimes they bite people. If they get inside your house, they may hide during the day and come out at night to eat.

Kissing bugs are in an insect family called reduviidae. Some species in this bug family are called assassin bugs because they kill and eat other bugs. Even though kissing bugs are in this family, they aren’t assassin bugs.

The CDC says that about 300,000 people in the U.S. have Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Most of these people were likely infected while visiting or living in Central and South America. Kissing bugs live in parts of the U.S., but the CDC has only recorded a few cases of Chagas disease from a kissing bug bite in people who were living in the U.S. when they were infected.

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They’re most likely found outside in places such as:

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Home remedies can help stop the itch and prevent an infection from the bite. If it’s itchy or uncomfortable, you can help your healing in the following ways:

Another bug that may look like the kissing bug is the leaf-footed bug. Adults are about 0.75-1 inch long, so they are about the same size as a kissing bug. They have narrow brown bodies and thicker patches on their back legs that look like leaves. This may be the easiest way for you to tell the difference between a leaf-footed bug and a kissing bug: Kissing bugs don’t have enlarged areas on their back legs. Leaf-footed bugs have strong mouthparts to suck juice out of the leaves, shoots, and fruit of plants. They probably won’t bite you, but they may eat your tomato plants.

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Kissing bugs aren’t usually dangerous unless they bite you. That’s because their bites can cause a couple of medical problems:

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If you suddenly have trouble breathing, feel dizzy, or vomit, you may have a serious allergic reaction. Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

Adult western corsairs are about 0.6-0.8 inches long, so they’re a similar size as the kissing bug. They have an orange-red body, and their front legs are a bit thicker than their back legs. They have a large yellow dot on each wing that looks like one dot when the wings close over each other. They live mostly in the western part of the U.S.

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If you’ve noticed them in or around your home or live in an area with Chagas disease, take the following steps to keep them away:

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If a kissing bug infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional and consult a medical professional if you are concerned about kissing bug bites.

The U.S. has 11 species of kissing bugs. Texas A&M University is one of the universities in the U.S. that takes bugs for identification. They have a Kissing Bugs & Chagas Disease in the United States Community Science Program, and their scientists say that they get the most kissing bugs from three states: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. These three states also seem to have more species than other states.

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You may see clusters of bites around your mouth or on your face. Kissing bug bites are usually painless, but you may have swelling and itching that can last for a week. You may also see tiny bloodstains on your sheets or pillow or find a bug in your bed or around your pillow.

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