Conenose People that are allergic to them usually have real bad swelling at the bite site and a lot of pain to go with it.
"The only important species in California is Triatoma protracta, the western bloodsucking conenose, whereas in the southern United States from the Atlantic Ocean to Arizona the most important pest species is Triatoma sanguisuga. Triatoma protracta frequently lives in aggregations in the nests of wood rats (Neotoma spp.), but also flies into homes and may feed on people. Although not painful, bites from conenose bugs sometimes produce allergic reactions, which can be cause for concern in sensitive individuals. In Latin America these insects are important because they sometimes carry a protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas’ disease in humans; this debilitating disease is rare in the United States, however, with only two recorded cases in southern Texas and one in central California."
Now... I've been bitten many times at night I guess by different type bugs and they were not only painful, but caused whelps and itched like the dickens for well over a week. I attributed them to conenose bites, but I guess not. This makes me wonder if I've ever even been bitten by one before this because of the lack of pain, but then again since I'm evidently not allergic to them then I could have been bitten many times and never knew it.
I'm starting to wonder if that may not have been what bit me on the bottom of the foot and caused that infection??? Maybe I'm the third person in south Texas to have caught Chagas??? I'm sure with all the blood they took at the hospital they weren't looking for that. Guess I need to be checked.
While I was in Odessa my sister found a conenose around the laundry room so it had to have hitchhiked in in my clothes. There are none in that area. Later Bigfoot told me that Littlefoot found one in there clothing when they got back to the DFW area. From now on when I get ready to take a shower I turn my jeans and other clothes in side out to make sure there are no critters in them and if I'm going out of town I'll check all clothing I take and then seal be bag before I go.
While the Foots were here Littlefoot told me I had to do a blog showing my progress on getting the fridge where it needs to be so here it is. I wasn't hard headed at all on this (maybe just a little slow). ;)
Attention North Terlingua residents. Mike Dirinkerd (Sp?) with the Crisis Center dropped off a BUNCH of cantaloupes and tomatoes at the legion. They need to be gotten pretty soon before they go bad! If you're in the area you might want to stop by and get some. The tomatoes and cantaloupes are both VERY GOOD! While you're there you might also buy something from the legion (NOT MANDATORY!!!), but I think it needs the help. If nothing else maybe drop a buck in the donation kitty on the bar.