Kissing Bug Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from kissing bugs by learning techniques for identification and control.

Kissing bug illustration
Triatoma spp.
Paratriatoma spp.


How do I get rid of kissing bugs?

What You Can Do

Some procedures to prevent kissing bugs include the following:

  • Caulk around openings for utility lines, plumbing pipes, and cables.

  • Change porch lights to "bug light" bulbs.

  • Close exterior doors tightly.

  • Inspect pets for these bugs in their fur.

  • Move firewood piles away from the house.

  • Repair any damaged screens on all windows, crawlspace vents, and attic vents.

  • Repair cracks in foundation that would allow insects to enter.

  • Replace missing or damaged weather stripping.

What Orkin Does

Insecticide applications on the outside property can help keep kissing bugs from entering the home. Your local pest control professional can select the appropriate insecticides according to the situation. Your Pro may also remove any animal nesting sites that may attract these bugs.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep kissing bugs in their place, out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Kissing Bugs


  • Size: Kissing bugs can be 14 to 24 mm long.

  • Characteristics: These pests are commonly called conenose bugs from their cone shaped heads.

  • Coloring: They are dark colored, usually brown or black. Some species have red, yellow, or tan markings on the abdomen.


Kissing bugs live in many states across the country. They sometimes invade homes, especially in suburban and rural areas.


Kissing bugs got their name early in the twentieth century because they are known to draw blood from the face of the victim. These bugs feed on blood from mammals such as:

  • Opossums

  • Raccoons

  • Wood rats

Life Cycle

The female bug lays eggs in the spring. The immature bugs (nymphs) need a blood meal every time they shed their skin and grow larger.

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