Kissing Bugs give not so pleasant kisses

Although you may think that kissing bugs leave kisses, the result can be much more displeasing. The truth? Kissing bugs bite, not kiss.

ID-Kissing-BugYou may be wondering why they’re called kissing bugs, but that’s actually just a name we’ve given them. The reason is quite simple. Kissing bugs tend to bite on the face near the lips while you’re sleeping. They require blood for the use of growth and to reproduce. The formal name for this pest is Conenose Bugs. The name “conenose” comes from the fact that they have cone-shaped heads. Kissing bugs are about 1 inch in length. They also have large eyes, wings, an elongate head, sensors, and a distinctive neck that narrows behind the head. They are black with orange tiger-like stripes underneath their wings.

Kissing bugs are much like bed bugs in the sense that they live and place their eggs in cracks and crevices. Though they like to feed on humans while asleep, they like to suck the blood of Pack Rats as well. Kissing bugs are attracted to exterior light and are most active during the evening. They are also a candidate to carry diseases, such as Chagas.

Pack rats are also associated with kissing bugs. This is because kissing bugs like to feed on pack rats for blood. If you think you may be experiencing a kissing bug or pack rat issue, it is in your best interest to seek help from your local pest control company.

Research credit to the Handbook Of Pest Control Mallis Tenth Edition.

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