WARNING If You Find These In Your Home Get To a Doctor IMMEDIATELY!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a deadly
bug has been reported in southern regions of the United States. You
should be extremely careful. Even though the bug looks harmless, it can
carry a Trypanosoma cruzi parasite that causes Chagas disease. These
bugs are typically found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central
America and South America. Almost 8 million people are infected by this
parasite, worldwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not
easy for this bug to give a human Chagas disease. The disease is
transmitted through the bug’s feces. A person can only get Chagas
disease from this deadly bug if the feces get rubbed into a bite wound
or enter through an exposed body part such as the mouth or eyes. The
species typically found in southern regions in the United States looks
similar to the species that are common to Chagas disease.

The tiny insect feeds on human blood much like a mosquito, but it is
specific to biting the face of its victims. The bite from this deadly
bug begins to itch and as the host scratches the bite introducing the
pathogen. People who are bitten don’t normally feel sick, so they don’t
seek medical care. But, it ends up causing heart disease in about 30% of
those who are infected.

Known as the triatomine bug — or less informally the “kissing bug” —
according to 11-ALIVE News, the insect has been reported all across the
southern regions of the United States. Below, you can see all the states
that have reported the bug’s presence.

All the states where the “kissing bug” has been reported.

Our native species are capable of carrying the Chagas Disease pathogen,
but they don’t defecate as part of their feeding behavior therefore, the
pathogen is not transmitted to humans. If you think you may have found
one of the bugs you can bring the sample to your closest CDC office.

Specifically, the CDC states the following about “kissing bugs,” says NBC-12 News:

The CDC says these bugs can live in cracks and holes indoors and in outdoor spaces including:

  • Beneath porches
  • Between rocky structures
  • Under cement
  • In rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
  • In rodent nests or animal burrows
  • In outdoor dog houses or kennels
  • In chicken coops or houses

To keep these bugs away from you home, the CDC suggests:

Sealing cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs, and doors
Removing wood, brush, and rock piles near your house
Using screens on doors and windows and repairing any holes or tears
If possible, making sure yard lights are not close to your house
Having pets sleep indoors, especially at night
Keeping your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean

If you think you’ve found this dangerous bug, the CDC suggests that you
should not touch or squash the bug. Place a container on top of the bug,
slide the bug inside, and fill it with rubbing alcohol or, if not
available, freeze the bug in the container. Then, you may take it to
your local extension service, health department, or a university
laboratory for species identification.

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