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Assassin Bug, Eastern Blood-sucking Cone-nose, Kissing Bug (Triatoma sanguisuga)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Reduviidae
Genus: Triatoma
Species: sanguisuga (san-gwee-SOO-ga) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Malvern, Arkansas
Jamestown, California
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Blanco, Texas
Edroy, Texas
Johnson City, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Dec 21, 2007, truest from Johnson City, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one very bad bug. If you are sensitive to
it, and you are bit more than once in a two year
period, you could end up in the hospital, like
me, or worse. They love rodent nests, and will
feed off you if no rodents are available. If they
find thier way into your home, they will hide
anywhere near your bed, waiting for you to fall
asleep. They are attracted to light, such as your
bedroom window or porch light. Our local
veterinarian reports that two dogs tested
positive for Chagas in deep south Texas. This
parasitic infection could damage the heart,
taking years to show symtoms. I have seen
them stalk people sitting on the porch at
night, waiting on the wall, or creeping up behind
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On Jul 18, 2007, Nick505 from Alamogordo, NM wrote:

This is a blood-drinking parasite, with reactions from mild to severe. It could also give you Chagas' disease (trypanosomiasis) which is a parasite that could be lethal.