10 Things You Should Know About the Deadly Kissing Bug


The Centers for Disease Control is issuing new warnings about the “kissing bug”.  The Deadly Kissing Bug is a beetle that often carries a deadly disease and has been reported in several new states.

The Deadly Kissing Bug, also known as the triatomine bug or assassin bug, is blamed for recently infecting at least 12 people in Texas with a parasite that causes Chagas Disease. Left untreated, the disease can cause sudden death.

10What Does a Deadly Kissing Bug Look Like?

triatomine bugs
Various triatomine bugs in all life stages, from eggs to nymphs to fully grown adults. A variety of bug species, that share similar traits, are pictured.

Deadly Kissing Bugs are a type of reduviid bug that can carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas Disease.