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Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program

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Presented By Texas A&M University
Goal Document and collect kissing bugs from across the US
Task Collect kissing bugs
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

We are a multidisciplinary research team based at Texas A&M University. While we work on many different aspects of the Chagas disease system, the purpose of the Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program is to offer public health education and support citizen science efforts focused on kissing bug collections.

How to Join

You can visit our website to learn more about kissing bugs, and you can send us questions and inquiries directly through the contact form on the website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Project Timing Kissing bugs are mainly found from May-October. It is very rare for kissing bugs to be found during other times of the year. Be aware that there are lots of look-alike, non-dangerous insects that can be mistaken. It's best to send us a photo for confirmation.
Expenses $3
Materials List Glove or plastic baggie, Postage, Plastic bag or other secure container
Ideal Age Group Adults
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At night, At home
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags chagas disease, disease, kissing bug, parasite, public health, triatomine, trypanosoma cruzi, vector, vector-borne disease
Project Updated 05/23/2018