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, […]

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 […]

Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

Bed bugs suck. Literally. However, while they are indeed annoying and can keep people awake at night, they have not been regarded as a public-health concern because they have not been documented as transmitters of diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, or others. However, that status has just changed. A new study from Penn Medicine […]