Triatomine Bug

Asked August 25, 2017, 10:57 AM EDT

I have seen many posts recently about the "possible" lethal bite of the Triatomine bug and have a few friends that are freaked out by this. Since I recently retired from the Penn State Extension Carbon County Office, I told them I would find out from educational experts. Do we need to be concerned? Thank you!

Carbon County Pennsylvania insect issues insect identification assassin bug

1 Response

Take a look at the following article:
http://citybugs.tamu.edu/2015/12/01/kissing-bug-identification-requires-closer-look/

True assassin bugs that I have seen are rather large (bigger than a penny), so when you do see a large true beetle, look under to see if it has the tell tale mouth parts of the Triatomine bug. Chances are the true bugs you will find are from other families, and are not predators as the assassin bug.

Thanks, G.