Kissing bugs can be 14 to 24 mm long with a short, thin beak for sucking blood from hosts. These bugs got their name because they are known to draw blood from the face of the victim. They are commonly known as cone-nose bugs from their elongated, cone shaped heads. They are dark colored, usually brown or black. Some species have red, yellow, or tan markings on the abdomen. Females lay eggs in the spring. After hatching, immature nymphs require a blood meal each time they shed their skin and grow larger.
Kissing bugs rely on a blood meal from around the lips, face, hands, feet, head and other parts of the body. These pest typically feed on sleeping victims, similar to bed bugs. Bites from kissing bugs cause mild pain and redness in most humans and pets. Some people are allergic to the saliva of kissing bugs. Symptoms range from itching, swelling, and other allergic reactions simlar to bites from mosquitoes or spiders. Kissing bugs have defecate while they consume a blood meal. Cone-nose bugs can carry Trypanosoma cruzi, also called Chagas disease, in their feces. Scatching the bites can introduce the feces and diease into the body. There is currently no vaccination to protect against Chagas disease for pets or humans, but if the disease is recognized and treated in its early stage a full recovery is possible.
Bright porch and doorway lighting often lures kissing bugs inside homes. These insects feed on pets, so outdoor cats or dogs can also bring bugs inside. The following steps will help reduce their populations within the home.
Our year-round protection program eliminates your current kissing bug problem and helps to prevent any future kissing bug outbreaks. Most kissing bug infestations originate outside, which is why we treat both the inside and outside of the home, ensuring total control. The interior of the home will be treated to stop kissing bugs as they attempt to enter your home. Next, your technician will focus on the perimeter of the home and outlying areas of the yard. Future service treatments will be exterior-only, without requiring you to be home or having to worry about scheduling conflicts. If kissing bugs should happen to show up between services, just give us a call - with our ant protection program, homeowners have the peace of mind that a professional will be available for emergency retreatments between regular visits.
Patriot Pest Solutions offers over 50 years experience in solving kissng bug problems. We're family owned and locally operated. All of our certified, state-licensed technicians are fully insured and ready to eliminate your kissing bug problem. Our treatment methodology was devised by our own in-house Associate Certified Entomologist, one of twelve in the entire state of Pennsylvania. We know how to get rid of kissing bugs and keep them from coming back.
With over 50 years of experience, you can rest assure that Patriot Pest Solutions can eradicate any pest problem you may have in your residence or commercial property. Our family-owned business offers the best wildlife and pest preventative and removal solutions. We pride ourselves on being a results oriented business offering 100% pest control guarantee.
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