What are Kissing Bugs?

Commonly known as conenose bugs or chinch, kissing bugs feed on blood from mammals and even humans at night. They acquired the name kissing bugs because they prefer to bite humans around the mouth or eyes. Their bites are painless initially but result in an insatiable itch that will last for weeks and may develop an infection if not properly tended to. Some species of kissing bugs are known to carry the T. Cruzi parasite that causes Chagas disease which can be lethal to humans if infected.

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What are Pillbugs

Anyone who has ever turned over a rock or piece of rotting wood might come across these small hard-shelled creatures that resemble miniature armadillos. These armored creatures belong to the animal group armadillidium vulgare, and the kind that rolls up into a ball is commonly called pillbugs. Technically, pillbugs are known as isopods.

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