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All types of kissing bugs.

The members of the Triatominae, a subfamily of the Reduviidae, are also known as conenose bugs, kissing bugs, or vampire bugs. Other local names for them used in Latin America include barbeiros, vinchucas, pitos, chipos and chinches.

6 different types of kissing bugs.

Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Triatominae
Order: Hemiptera
Class: Insecta
Phylum: Arthropoda
Kingdom: Animalia

Hiding spots[]

3 different types of kissing bugs.

Kissing bugs can hide in cracks and holes in beds, floors, walls, and furniture. They are most likely to be found: Near places where a pet, such as a dog or cat, spends time. In areas where mice or other rodents live.


Kissing bugs live throughout North America, Central America, and South America. In the United States, kissing bugs have been found in 29 states.

Symptoms of Bite[]

Kissing bugs can cause patches of bites, often around the mouth. The bites are usually painless, but they may swell and look like hives. Itching from the bites may last a week.


  • Swelling
  • Itching
Pain level: 2/10
Max Pain: 3/10



  • Triatoma indictiva
  • Triatoma lecticularia
  • Triatoma neotomae
  • Triatoma protracta
  • Triatoma recurva
  • Triatomia rubida
  • Triatoma rubrofasciata
  • Triatoma sanguisuga