Kissing Bug


Actual Size: ½ to 1”

Characteristics: Light brown or black, sometimes with red or yellow patterns on the abdomen.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Mainly found near sleeping areas, like pet beds or bedrooms. Also known for flying into barns and feeding on livestock.


  • Carriers of the parasite responsible for Chagas disease. 
  • Feeds on the blood of humans and other animals. 
  • Get their name from their habit of biting people near the mouth.

Kissing Bugs in Anaheim

Kissing bugs are mostly active at night, and they are blood-sucking parasites that feed on various creatures, including humans, as well as wild and domestic animals. Similar to bed bugs, they like to hide and lay their eggs in cracks and gaps around buildings. Then, during the night, they come out to feed on their hosts while they sleep. Sometimes, these bugs might bite their hosts around the face, particularly near the eyes and lips, which is why they are called “kissing bugs.”

Kissing Bug Habitat

Kissing bugs often make their homes in the nests of rodents and other wildlife. They can also fly into barns and houses, where they feed on pets, livestock, and people. In rural areas, the domesticated animals and poultry tend to attract rodents, which in turn brings kissing bugs closer to our homes. These bugs can sneak into houses through open windows or damaged screens. Once inside, they like to hide in cracks and holes in beds, floors, and walls. You’re more likely to find them near areas where pets, like dogs or cats, spend their time.

Kissing Bug Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Kissing bugs sometimes bite humans while they’re asleep, mostly in the spring or summer. Some people with sensitive skin might experience allergic reactions to the bug’s saliva, like itching, swelling, and redness, but usually, the bites don’t cause much of a local reaction. The concerning thing about kissing bugs is that they carry a parasite that can lead to Chagas disease, which can be a serious illness, even fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 300,000 people in the United States have been infected by this parasite. 

If you suspect you or someone in your family might be allergic to kissing bug bites, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor or allergist for treatment options. And if you’re dealing with a kissing bug problem on your property, it’s wise to get in touch with your local exterminators for help.