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How To Control Assassin BugsAssassin Bug

If the name alone doesn’t catch your attention, then some of the irritating things that this bug does should. Assassin bugs may be beneficial to have on your property if you have a garden since it preys on aphids and mealybugs. However these bugs in large amounts can become a problem, especially if they venture on indoors.

Assassin bugs are also known as kissing bugs and the reason why they are coined as such is because of their tendency to bite human victims when they are sleeping around the lips. That is no joke. What’s even worse about these biters is that if they do happen to bite you, they have the potential of spreading a parasite to the body which can bring about Chagas disease, which can shut down organs, cause heart failure and even be fatal.

Assassin bugs have become much more prevalent in recent years and have been starting to work their way into peoples homes in search for blood, either via harming our pets or even us. Assassin are initially attracted to light coming from our homes and once inside they’ll find a cool, dark place to hide in the daytime and then come out at night in search for fresh blood. These insects have even been known to hide in bedding.

Getting rid of assassin bugs should be a priority if you have found some in or around your home. Here are Solutions Pest and Lawn we can equip you with the right bug-killing products and expert know-how so you can get rid of those assassin bugs yourself!

It’s that simple! By following these steps, you and your family and pets will be protected from the threat of assassin bugs.  Browse our recommended assassin bug control products below and if you have any questions or concerns about your order or you need advice on control from a live expert, feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.


How to Get Rid of Assassin Bugs: Solutions 3 Step Process

When it comes to preventing assassin bugs from entering your home and harming you or your family, we recommend a solution when involves exclusion and chemical treatments via insecticides. Whether you have a small outbreak of assassin bugs or are dealing with a sizable infestation in or around your home, we recommend a simple to execute 3-step solution:

Step 1:  Exclusion- The most important step in keeping these bugs out of your home requires sealing up the home against pests and securing your perimeter. Start with sealing any cracks or crevices to keep them from entering the home. Examine the perimeter of your home and clear up any leaves Clear the perimeter around your home of leaves or any sort of debris and make sure you don't have any gaps underneath your exterior doors.

Assassin bugs are also very attracted to light so do what you can to limit lights outside your home at night such as swapping out regular light bulbs for yellow bug safe light bulbs. You should also make sure to keep screens on your doors and windows.

Step 2:  Use Insecticide Treatments - To control assassin bugs on your yard, we recommend a combination of granule treatment with liquid insecticides. Lay out some
Bifen LP Granules around the exterior of your home as well as your lawn and garden. Also spray an insecticide around the area such as Cyonara. Apply treatment once a month for two months and these products should eliminate them and keep them away from your property. Any one of our recommended broad-spectrum insecticides can also work as an exterior treatment around the perimeter of your home to act as a barrier to keep assassin bugs out.

Step 3:  If assassin bugs have made their way inside your home, spray them with an aerosol spray such as
FiPro Foaming Aerosol. You can either use the spray to kill them directly or apply to cracks and crevices in rooms where you suspect they are residing in if you cannot find them.


Learn More About The Assassin Bug

While the assassin bug may look comical, with its strangely long nose, this bug is no laughing matter. This bug has the ability to literally liquify it’s prey. The assassin bug’s red color is not just for show, but serves as a warning to other insect that it means business. Here we will give you more facts about the assassin bug, whose behavior is just as frightening as its name.


The Assassin Bug’s Appearance

Assassin bug is the name used to describe a family of insects which has about 7000 species. In fact one of the famous types of assassin bug is known as the kissing bug. Most species of assassin bugs are brightly colored and can either be brown, black, red, or orange.


Assassin bugs can range in size between 0.2 inches up to an inch and a half. Assassin bugs are distinguished by their uniquely long head with a narrow neck area, long needle-like legs, and the outstanding long segmented mouthpart which looks like a nose called the proboscis.

An assassin bug utilizes its short three-segmented proboscis by sinking it into their prey and sucks out the fluids from the unfortunate victim.


Assassin Bug Behavior

Most members of the Assassin bug family prefer to live outdoors and prey on other insects. However, some suck blood animals and humans and have the ability to transfer harmful diseases.


Assassin bugs have earned their name due to the cunning and sneaky way that they pounce and attack their targeted prey. The patient assassin bug lurks toward an insect and then waits for the right opportunity to strike, using it’s powerful limbs to snatch their victim. The assassin bugs forelegs have a sticky texture to them because they are made up of thousands of hairs which easily stick to their victims and prevent them from escaping.


With antennae as long as its body, the assassin bug utilizes them to sniff out its next meal. Once a tasty meal has been targeted, the sneaky assassin grabs hold. They then inject the victim with a lethal toxin which numbs their body and makes resistance futile. Within seconds, the victim is paralyzed and their internal organs begin to dissolve.


Assassin bugs consume their meals through the process of external digestion. In other words, when they push their sharp proboscis into the body of their victim and injects a poison--a deadly cocktail of enzymes and digestive juices.


The poison actually affects the body in such a severe way that it liquifies their insides, making the victims internal muscles and tissues into a delicious drink for the assassin bug to suck right out like straw to a milkshake.


Most bugs that feed in the fashion of the assassin bug have two seperate tubes, one for injecting the numbing agent, and the other for sucking and consuming. The assassin bug on the other hand acts as both a syringe and siphon which allows it to target large prey twice its own size.


Aside from it’s bite, merely crawling over a subject with its needle like arms can inflict a painful sting.


The Assassin Bug Plays Dress Up

The assassin bug is such a cunning predator in the insect world, not just because of its predator habits but also because of the tricks the bug has up its sleeve to fool unsuspecting bugs into becoming its next meal. The assassin bug does this by taking the exoskeleton from the bug whose insides it has sucked out and then wears it as a form of camouflage!


The irregular shape of the assassin bug makes it so the prey is not able to spot it easily, until it is too late. For instance, if a assassin bug has been targeting ants, they will place numerous ant corpses onto its body and will head toward an ant colony.


Often, the other ants will not be alerted to the assassin bug’s disguise because the odor of the ant carcasses masks it’s own odor. The assassin bug then waits until its hungry to strike again then adds another bug skin to its body.


The Painful Assassin Bug Bite

Often our customers don’t really care about what the assassin bug does to feed itself in the form of other insects, they just don’t want to be targeted themselves. The fact is that assassin bugs will even bite and sting humans to satisfy its appetite or to protect itself.


Assassin bugs are blood suckers and if insects are scarce they can and will go after birds, rodents and even humans to feed it’s thirst for blood. When they do bite humans, it can be quite painful. While most of the time there is no effect caused by the bite, there are some types of assassin bugs that can cause a severe reaction and can even spread disease, such as Chagas disease.


Chagas disease is a parasitic disease which can infect animals and humans. This disease is often transferred via the assassin bugs feces. When the assassin bug bites a person, they leave behind droppings near the bitten area. If the assassin bug is indeed carrying the parasitic disease the person can become infected with Chagas disease.


Chagas disease in mild cases results in swelling of the infection site, fever and bodyaches. At worse, Chagas disease can result in heart complications like an enlarged heart or cardiac arrest. At this point in time, Chagas disease is an incurable disease so you don’t want to take any chances on getting bitten by the assassin bug.


Assassin Bugs Can Sneak Their Way Into Your Home

Assassin bugs may prefer to be outdoors but they can very well slip into your home while on the hunt for their next meal. Assassin bugs are an insect that is attracted to light, and since they do most of their activity at night, they may be lured into your house by the light that they see.


Once indoors, assassin bugs will seek out a cool, cluttered place where they can hide in the daytime and go out at night to look for food.


There is a type of assassin bug known as the kissing bug mainly because they like to bite near the mouth or lips of a human and they particularly do this at night while the victim is sleeping. Now isn’t that the stuff of nightmares!


If you’re concerned that you’re dealing with assassin bugs on your property and are worried they may make their way into your house, we recommend doing an inspection to rule out places where they have typically been found such as: between mattresses, behind picture frames, under furniture, in boxes and areas with lots of clutter or even in clothes.


There have been stories online where gardeners complained of receiving a bite when putting on their gardening gloves only to find an assassin bug was the culprit crawling out of their gloves!


Outdoors or around your yard you should also check for assassin bugs around bags of food, stones and landscaping, where there is firewood or lumber stacked up and other places around the perimeter of your property.


What Kills Assassin Bugs?

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