Subject: Kissing Bug?
Location: North central Ohio
December 27, 2015 7:16 pm
Hello. I have seen several of these bugs in my house and to me from what I could find on the internet it is a “kissing” bug. I’m hoping that it’s not seeing what I have read about them. My brother-in-law looked at the photo too and he seems to think that it isn’t.
If you could help me identify it It would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: Thank you, Pat

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Pat,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, NOT a Kissing Bug.  We have been getting regular requests from folks who are making the same mistake, due in large part to media coverage on Kissing Bugs with misidentifications that is leading to internet hysteria.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is an annoyance when it enters homes to hibernate over the winter, but it poses no threat to people, pets or homes.

 

Location: Ohio

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