PLEASE READ — A friendly reminder

We've been overwhelmed with inquiries about look-alike species that are not kissing bugs! Before you submit information about a bug you found, please take a close look to see if it has spikes on its back, wide/flat back legs, or any other characteristics that most closely resembled non-kissing bugs (see pictures). If so, it is not a kissing bug. You have found a wheel bug, a leaf-footed bug, or one of the MANY look-alike insects.

We are unable to offer medical advice. Please seek medical care from a physician or other medical professional if you believe you have been bitten by a kissing bug. This program is primarily to identify kissing bugs and answer general questions about Chagas disease and kissing bugs.Please see this recently released informational overview from the Texas Chagas Task Force.

CONTACT — Drop us a line

Please use this form to submit any general questions that you may have. If you have had an encounter with a potential kissing bug and or want to submit a bug for review, you may also use this form to upload images.

We do our best to reply promptly, but response time varies given our obligations in the field and laboratory; please be patient!

In order to better provide you with assistance, please fill out the following information as accurately as possible.If submitting a bug image, please review these tips for taking good bug photos.

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