Conenose Bugs (Triatoma)
Conenose bugs (also known as kissing bugs or Mexican bedbugs) are night-time blood sucking insects that feed on small wild mammals, but will also bite humans. Adults are ½ to ¾ inch long, dark brown to black in color, have wings neatly folded on their backs, and have an elongated, coneshaped head.
Conenose bugs usually live in woodrat nests. They are found in the foothill areas surrounding the Central Valley and throughout the desert and foothill regions of Southern California. In rural and suburban communities near wildland habitats where woodrats live, conenose bugs may leave woodrat nests and enter homes. Adult conenose bugs are strongly attracted to lights.