Today we are talking about triatomine bugs, known more commonly as “kissing bugs,” have been found in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are as many as 300,000 Americans living with Chagas disease and approximately 8 million people living with the disease in Central and South America. You should be extremely careful.
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a bite by this insect does not always lead to Chagas disease as the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite is actually in the bug feces. To be more specific, the disease only develops if this fecal material gets rubbed into a bite wound or enters the body through an exposed part such as the mouth or eyes. he species typically found in southern regions in the United States looks similar to the species that are common to Chagas disease.
This insect is small and looks harmless, but causes heart disease in 30 of persons who are infected. Just like mosquitoes, the deadly bug also feeds with human blood. This bug usually bites the victims on the face. At first, the bite itches just a little, but when you start to scratch the area, the parasite enters deeply in the body. And that is the bad thing. Once the parasite settles in, it may lead to heart disease and several serious diseases. So, if you think you may have found one of the bugs you can bring the sample to your closest CDC office.
The CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention) says these bugs can live in cracks and holes indoors and in outdoor spaces including:
Between rocky structures
In outdoor dog houses or kennels
In chicken coops or houses
In rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
In rodent nests or animal burrows
To keep these bugs away from you home, the CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention) suggests:
Remove wood, rock piles, and brush near your house
Start using screens on doors and windows and repair any holes or tears
Seal cracks and gaps around windows, doors, roofs, and walls
If possible, make sure yard lights are not close to your house
Keep your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean
Have pets sleep indoors, especially at night
If you see anywhere this dangerous bug, do not squash it or touch it. Just put a container over it, close the bug inside and fill the container with alcohol. Afterwards, contact your local extension service, health department or university laboratory for species identification. You should be very careful.