Black bug w/red sides

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Black bug w/red sides

Kelly
I have never seen one of these bugs before but tonight we found a total of SIX of them inside the house. I'm hoping you can tell me what they are. They aren't very big - less than an inch long. They are black with red sides. I live in Arizona. Thanks!
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Bug Eric
Kelly, this is a harmless seed bug, Melacoryphus lateralis.  They are very abundant at this time of year and are attracted to lights at night.  You may want to minimize outdoor lighting for awhile.  I know people panic now, thinking every true bug like this is a "kissing bug," but not true.  Sleep easy.
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Kelly
I am relieved. I have trouble with mosquitos gnawing on me during monsoon season...I don't need another blood sucker to worry about. I thought it probably wasn't a kissing bug (I compared the photo of "my" bug with one of a kissing bug from your blog), but I feel much better hearing it from you. Thank you Eric! I'll sleep better tonight.