4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Kissing Bugs at Home

Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs should be dealt with quickly due to the risks of Chagas Disease. Here are four natural ways to deal with a kissing bug infestation at home.

How to Get Rid of Kissing Bugs

1. Set up an Indoor Bug Zapper
Kissing bugs are hard to get rid of as they hide themselves in dark sheltered spots during the day. Fortunately, they are attracted to light so an indoor bug zapper can help you get rid of kissing bugs at home with minimal effort.

Indoor Bug Zapper Kissing Bug

Place the bug zapper near areas where kissing bugs are likely to frequent such as bookcases and cupboards. Kissing bugs may also be found close to areas where your pets like to hang out. It may take a couple of tries before you find the sweet spot.

2. Clean up Wood & Rock Piles
Wood and rock piles make great shelters for kissing bugs. Look around your backyard and clean up any piles of wood or rocks that are up against your home. The same goes for brush piles.

Kissing Bug Rock Wood Pile

3. Sprinkle Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
The effects aren’t immediate but food-grade diatomaceous earth may help you get rid of kissing bugs. Sprinkle the white powder along areas where the kissing bugs are likely to hide. The food-grade version of this natural powder is safe for pets and children.

4. Seal up Windows & Doors
Prevention is the most effective way of handling any pest infestation. Check your doors, windows, and walls for any gaps that the bugs may enter from. Materials like weather-stripping are inexpensive and effective at covering gaps along doors and windows.

How to Identify a Kissing Bug

Kissing bugs can be easily confused with other common household pests like stink bugs and wheel bugs. Here are a few kissing bug characteristics to look out for.

Body Color
The species of kissing bugs that are found in the US are primarily dark brown or black in color. They may have red, orange, or yellow stripes around the edge of the body.

Body Shape
Kissing bugs have stick-like heads with thin antennas and thin legs. Their body size can range from 1/2 inch to just over 1 1/4 inches (size of a penny).

Bite Marks
Kissing bugs get their name because they prefer to bite humans along the face, such as near the eyes and mouth. The bites are either unnoticeable or may show a tiny bit of swelling.