PA- white bug/scorpion?
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh County
July 25, 2011 2:00 am
This bug apparently bit my friends toddler on her toe. Hospital had no idea what it is. She took the bug yo Erlich(sp) exterminator who told her it’s in the kissing bug family. I think they were just trying to lie to her and make a sale to exterminate on her dime. It looks nothing like a kissing bug. White color, appears to only have 4 legs, a stinger/tail, and red antennae with black line. See pic
This is an immature Wheel Bug, one of the Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae. Wheel Bugs will bite if carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be painful, but it is not dangerous. The exterminator was actually correct that Kissing Bugs are in the family Reduviidae, but while Kissing Bugs spread pathogens and are frequently found indoors, Wheel Bugs are an outdoor species, so enlisting an exterminator would probably be throwing away money.