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Blood Sucking Conenose

Also known as the Kissing Bug, the Conenose bug gets it’s name from their cone-shaped head and they feed at night on the human face. Adult Conenose Bugs are brown to black with a strikingly orange or red markings on perimeter of their abdomen and get from ½ to 1 inch long.

There are two species most commonly encountered in the U.S., they are Bloodsucking Conenose and the Western Bloodsucking Conenose. These two species are less associated with human contact than those in Central and South America. The Blood Sucking Conenose is attracted to lights at night and can be a serious pest around lighted swimming pools. The non-painful bite of this insect can for some people result in an allergic reaction that can include nausea, heart palpitation, breathlessness, and violent itching. Conenose behave like bed bugs in that they live and deposit their eggs in cracks and crevices in and around man-made structures, hollow trees inhabited by vertebrates such as raccoons and opossums or rats, and then emerge at night to feed upon their sleeping hosts. These insects bite people more or less by accident, they primary attack domestic animals, live stock and poultry.

The Conenose is the main vector or carrier of the Chagas’ disease that mainly occurs in Mexico, Central and South America, and on certain Caribbean Islands. When in contact with their victim these bugs will defecate while feeding. If the feces are infected with the parasite, the organisms can gain entry into the body by being scratched or rubbed into the bite or other break in the skin, which can cause the Chagas’ disease.

There is 4 major steps to controlling the Bloodsucking Conenose if you are encountered with an infestation. First insect proof your home by sealing all cracks and crevices, window frames, and door frames. Then remove all outside Conenose attractants such as squirrel dens, bird nests, and any other animal harborages, followed by a thorough pesticide application to the inside and exterior of your home. Finally, continued personal protection by being aware of all infested areas, and moving your furniture and bedding at least 1 foot from the wall.

If you live in Naples, Fort Myers, or anywhere in Southwest Florida and see The Bloodsucking Conenose and wish to have more information about it, call 239-455-4300, Collier Pest Control, Southwest Florida’s Pest Authority, or look us up on our web site at collierpestcontrol.com. Remember Florida does not have to shared with insects.