Take a good look at this bug, and remember what it looks like! If you ever see something that resembles it, stay far away! The insect is known commonly as â€œthe kissing bugâ€, but itâ€™s scientific name is triatominae. Other commonly-used names are: cone-nose bugs, cinches, assassin bugs, and vampire bugs.
These bugs feed on blood at night, and are called â€œkissing bugsâ€ because they prefer to attack around the mouth or eyes. Theyâ€™ve become a somewhat-new threat to the U.S., but are also seen in Australia, Asia, and Africa. Theyâ€™re easily identifiable by the band around the edge of their body, striped with orange or red markings.
But the bite is dangerous. Continue reading on the Next Page