Generally found in the southern states, these insects are anything but loving. Kissing bugs, also known as chinches, oblong or cone-nosed bugs, have a body that resembles American cockroaches. But unlike the American cockroach, kissing bugs have black or brown wings that may have an orange, yellow or red ring on them. About a quarter in size and up to 1” in length, their bodies have a red or orange band around it. Make no mistake about it, they are a pest and pest control is important when an infestation is found in your lawn or home.

These nocturnal insects feed on wild animals, dogs and human blood. The most common area of a bite is near the eyes or mouth, giving it the kissing bug name, but can bite anywhere on the body.

Kissing bugs prefer warmer weather; May to October are ideal months to find them.

Some kissing bugs can carry Chagas disease. Chagas disease is a parasite that kissing bugs transmit through their feces and can be transferred by way of the bite area or through the eyes or mouth. Dogs can become infected by eating them. Wild animals such as woodrats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes can carry chagas disease and infect a kissing bug to spread the disease.  Chagas disease can cause heart problems and in rare cases, death.

Kissing bugs are mostly an outdoor bug but, like any insect, may make their way into your home. Some ways to prevent kissing bugs are:

  • Keep outside lights off. They may fly towards the light and find their way into your home.
  • Keep outside areas clean. Remove wood piles, trash and wild animal nesting areas.
  • Seal cracks, gaps and holes around the inside and outside of your home.
  • Check window screens. Kissing bugs can enter through holes in screens.

If you are experiencing an insect problem, it’s important to contact a licensed professional. Contact us at: 214-321-2847