Four species of the conenose bug, also known as kissing bug, assassin bug or Walapai tiger, live in Arizona. This slow-moving bug is dark brown to back with yellow/red markings on the abdomen and measures one half to one-inch long. Its body is long with three pairs of legs and cone-shaped head.
The conenose bug usually bites and feeds on the blood of a sleeping person. They live in pack rat nests and are generally seen in the spring and summer. They are drawn to homes by the evening lights.
Signs & Symptoms
The bite may not be painful, but will cause redness, swelling and itching.
Call the Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center at 1.800.222.1222 to determine whether the bite victim can be managed at home or will require medical treatment. If possible, capture the bug to help confirm that you were bitten by a conenose bug.