Argentine Researchers Develop Artificial Attractant for Kissing Bugs

By Ed Ricciuti Despite its name, the pop-eyed insect known as the “kissing bug” is anything but affectionate, at least when it comes to people. Its name is derived from a nasty habit of dropping out of the darkness and biting sleepers, frequently on the face and often around the mouth. In the American tropics, […]

Bacteria Can Be Used for RNA Interference in Insects

Bacteria in the gut of disease-bearing insects — including the mosquito which carries the Zika virus — can be used as a Trojan horse to help control the insects’ population, according to an article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The technology at the heart of the researcher’s work is called RNA interference […]

Risk of Chagas Disease in Texas May Be Higher than Previously Thought

Most assassin bugs feed on other insects, but conenose bugs in the genus Triatoma are assassin bugs that feed on vertebrates, including rodents and sometimes humans. They usually bite people at night while they’re sleeping, and the bites often occur on the face because it is not protected by blankets, which is why these insects […]