This Bug Spreads Disease That Affects 30,000 Americans Every Year

By the name of it the bug doesn’t sound scary but romantic instead romantic. The fact is that a bite from this romantic-sounding bug is no way lovely but lethal. The kissing bug or the Triatomine bug is also known in a less flattering name as the “blood-sucking” bug and is infested with parasites that causes Chagas disease which has a long term or unfortunately potential lethal effects, although the news of this bug has been circulating recently but the existence of this deadly bug was long known.

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1Where is the kissing bug found?

The kissing bug basically originates from south and central Americas, Mexico and Southern Argentina, particularly in rural and impoverished areas. But this same bug has also been found breeding in lower 2/3rds of The Unites States of America, namely Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. In fact, cases of Chagas had been reported in US in Texas and southwest states since 1955. Right now, there are 300,000 infected patients in the US; most of them came from Latin America unbeknownst the fact they were already carrying the pathogen in their bodies. They usually live under cracks or holes under the porch, under cement, cracks in rocks, brush, woodpiles or more.

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2What do they eat or feed upon?

Triatomines are nocturnal pests which feed on blood of mammals, reptiles and birds. Usually, they live close to their blood hosts and rely on their sensory organs to locate their prey. Kissing bugs are very sensitive to carbon dioxide exhaled by mammals like humans; this how they find their prey.

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3Kissing bugs life span?

Usually these dastardly bugs live for a year in colder regions like the US but in down south or southern continents they can live for longer period too. This is what makes them especially dangerous.

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4How to avoid kissing bug infestations and keep your house bug free?

First and foremost, get proper professional pest control done in your house in every nook and cranny and room starting from attic to the basement.

  • Seal all the perceivable cracks and dents in the house, like on the floor, walls, ceilings, near the drains, windows and doors and roofs.
  • Remove all wood, brushes or and rocks near your house
  • Use protective screen on your windows and doors.
  • Seal cracks in the attic or ant crawl space.
  • Have your pets sleep indoors.
  • Keep your pet and its sleeping area squeaky clean.

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