Subject: Is this a kissing bug?
Location: North Central Alabama
May 1, 2016 12:56 pm
We found this bug in our home in Alabama and are concerned that it might be a kissing bug. We would appreciate any information on what bug this is and if it is a kissing bug, what do we do to insure we don’t have any more in our home?
Signature: Alabama Fan
Dear Alabama Fan,
We have gotten numerous identification requests over the past year since there has been increased news coverage on Kissing Bugs and most have proven to be other species. In your case, though your image lacks critical clarity, it appears that this really is an Eastern Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug or Kissing Bug, Triatoma sanguisuga. Tropical members of the genus are most likely to spread Chagas Disease, but BugGuide does note: “Sometimes bites humans, and the bite may be severe, causing an allergic reaction.” Insects can enter homes through open windows and doors, gaps in the frames of windows and doors, and cracks in the foundation. You should do a thorough inspection to determine the likeliest places an insect might gain entry and seal those points.
Thank you very much for the prompt response. My husband killed it and thankfully no one has any bites of any kind. We will definitely be checking for any entry points and seal them.
I truly appreciate your help.
Update: After a comment from Cesar Crash and then Alabama Fan agreeing with Cesar, we are making a correction to the identification of the insect we now believe to be a Bee Assassin.