Disease Control and Prevention issued an urgent warning.
This deadly bug is native to Mexico, Central and South America and southern USA.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that the disease develops when the fecal material gets rubbed into a bite wound or enters the body through eyes or mouth. This means that not every bite by this insect leads to Chagas disease.
This insect is small and harmless in appearance, but causes heart disease in 30 of those who are infected. Just like the mosquitos, this deadly bug also feeds on human blood. This bug usually bites it victims on their face. Firstly, the bite only itches a little, but when the host starts to scratch the area, the parasite enters the body. This is the bad thing. Once the parasite settles in, it may lead to serious sickness and heart disease.
This bug is commonly referred to as a “kissing bug” and has been reported all across southern US. We have an info-graphic below which shows where this insect common.
If you see one of these deadly bugs, you should contact the closest CDC office as fast as you can.
According to the CDC, these deadly bugs, also known as “kissing bugs” can be found indoors in holes and cracks. They can be found outdoors also in these places:
- in rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
- under cement
- under porches
- between rocky structures
- in outdoor dog houses or kennels
- in rodent nests or animal burrows
- in chicken coops or houses
In order to protect yourself against these bugs, you will need to:
- Start using screens on doors and windows and repair any holes or tears
- Have pets sleep indoors, especially at night
- Seal cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs, and doors
- Keep your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean
- Remove wood, brush, and rock piles near your house
- If possible, make sure yard lights are not close to your house
If you spot this dangerous bug, do not touch it or squash it. Simply, put a container over it, close the bug inside and fill the container with rubbing alcohol. Then, contact your local extension service, university laboratory for species identification or health department.