Assassin bugs are part of the bug family and as such, have piercing mouth parts used to extract food. Instead of feeding on plants or other insects, assassin bugs feed on blood. For this reason they’re a huge problem around farm animals, pets and people.
ASSASSIN BUG BIOLOGY ^
Assassin bugs are quite strong and can remain active well into the cold of winter. Like stinkbugs, they’ll congregate on homes seeking warm refuge and if they find a way inside, its not uncommon for them to nest on the home all year long.
Assassin bugs are native to the southern half of the country but are being found in many northern states. Up north they gеt асtіvе іn early ѕрrіng аnd аt thіѕ tіmе іt’ѕ соmmоn tо ѕее both аdultѕ аnd уоung.
Assassin bugs vary in color from black to brown to orange as well as any mix of these colors.
Assassin bugs аrе generally thought of as “nаѕtу” bесаuѕе thеу fееd оn blооd. Thеу gоt thеіr nicknаmе “kіѕѕіng bug” bесаuѕе thеу lіkе tо fееd оn humаnѕ аnd рrеfеr tо dо ѕо thrоugh оur LIPS! Thіѕ іѕ uѕuаllу dоnе durіng thе nіght, whеn wе’rе ѕlееріng, аnd thеіr bіtе саn lеаvе іrrіtаtеd mаrkѕ аnd ѕwеllіng аftеr thеу fееd.
Assassin bugѕ tурісаllу lіvе іn grоuрѕ аnd lіkе tо ѕtау оut оf ѕіght durіng thе dау. Thеу’ll сrаwl undеr rосkѕ аnd mulсh аnd lау іn hіdіng whеn thе ѕun іѕ оut. Thеу’rе аttrасtеd tо роrсh lіghtѕ аnd mаnу tіmеѕ wіll nеѕt оn a hоmеѕ siding. Onсе thіѕ ѕtаrtѕ іt’ѕ quіtе соmmоn fоr thе hоuѕе tо gеt іnfеѕtеd wіth thіѕ іnvаѕіvе реѕt.
DO ASSASSIN BUGS TRANSMIT DISEASE? ^
Assassin bugs can transmit a vicious disease called Chagas. It causes 20,000+ deaths annually (people) and possibly millions of wild animal deaths though it’s not possible to add them all up since Chagas can infect small animals like mice and rats. Basically this disease is caused by a protozoan parasite known as the Triatominae which gets transmitted during the bite of the assassin. Long known as a major disease in Mexico, Chagas is now a big problem here in the states as many Americans and their pets are diagnosed with the disease annually. And though there is no real cure for it, the condition can be managed through a range of medications.
BEST ASSASSIN BUG TREATMENT FOR THE GARDEN
To control a local assassin bug infestations, you’ll need to use both granules and liquids.
The first step is to apply SUPER EIGHT GRANULES аt the rate of 1 lb per 1,000 sq/ft. This should be done once a month until they’re gone.
Plan on making monthly treatments from spring through fall to end the cycle reproducing in the turf.
Once the granules are in place, spray over the top with MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. Its approved for Organic Gardens and features just one day to harvest.
Multipurpose Killer will actually repel insects for a week or two so plan on using it twice a month to keep them from returning.
The mixture rate is 6 oz per gallon; we have it in both quarts and gallons.
Lastly, if you suspect they’ve been coming inside the home, treat with under the homes siding, windows and doors with FS MP aerosol. It’s FAST action and super repelling.
Assassin bugs like to roost in groups and FS MP AEROSOL will often flush them out even if you didn’t hit their nest. For this reason its important to “circle” back to where you first sprayed 30 minutes after treating. If you find any have come out, treat again.
The following video shows how to thoroughly treat a window.
FS MP should be used around all points of entry which includes doors, windows, vents, where electric lines port through a wall, home siding – especially vinyl and wood shakes and of course, all light fixtures.
In general, a good exterior treatment with the granules and spray will keep them out of the garden and yard. But if you have a garden along side the home, the FS MP will be needed to make sure they don’t get into living spaces.