Ever heard of the kissing bug? You probably don’t know anything about this insect, but I’m pretty sure you’ve seen one.
While the kissing bug sounds harmless, this parasite is a deadly one. Widely known with its scientific name triatomine bugs, they are primarily nocturnal and feed on the blood of birds, reptiles, and mammals, including humans. Triatomines are commonly found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The kissing bug gets its famous nickname because it likes to bite around the lips and eyes of people and animals when they are asleep.