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Q.I Have Read 60% Of Assassin Bugs Carry Chagas Disease Yet Your Article Is 2018 States Their Bites Are Not Serious, Why?

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Answered on July 22, 2020

The assassin bugs in our article are NOT the same as the kissing bugs (also commonly referred to as assassin bugs) which carry Chagas. While they belong to the same family, and are commonly confused with one another, they are different species. Those normally found in the garden per our article being Zelus renardii, whereas the kissing bug (we also have an article on them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/kissing-bugs-control.htm) is a Triatoma species within the subfamily Triatominae.

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