The Kissing Bug: Not So Innocent

May 26, 2023
The Kissing Bug: Not So Innocent

Kissing bugs. Sounds sweet and innocent; however, they are the exact opposite! Kissing bugs are similar to ticks in that they are hematophagous (blood feeders) pests. They prey on humans, most commonly when people are asleep in their beds. These pests like to hide in a mattress during the day and come out at night. Like many pests, they are attracted to light. If you have a night light in your house, make sure to keep it far away from your bed!

In other countries, kissing bugs often carry diseases. However, in the United States, this is rare and not cause for concern.  With that said, if you find a kissing bug in your home, do not squish it! There is still a possibility of it carrying a parasite which could be released when you squish it. So, just like a tick, it is best to capture the bug, place it in a plastic bag, and seal it to ensure you are disposing of the bug safely.

Since it is uncommon for these pests to be disease carriers, the main annoyance with these bugs is that they tend to bite faces rather than limbs like most pests. They get their name because bites around a human’s mouth and eyes are most commonly associated with the kissing bug. If you wake up with 2 to 15 small bites in an area on your face, this could be a sign that you have a problem with kissing bugs in your home. This is your red flag signal to call McFadden Pest Control.

At McFadden Pest Control, we know what to do and will be aggressive in making sure to take care of the problem. We want our clients to feel safe and comfortable in their own homes. We do whatever it takes to ensure it! We know how important and valuable a good night’s sleep is and that it directly correlates to better overall wellness. If you know anything about our company, you know that all of us at McFadden Pest Control care about our clients beyond pest control!

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? 
Feel free to reach us at 843-763-4533 or [email protected].

McFadden Pest Control
Reliable pest control for Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding area

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