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The Kissing Bug

Bed bugs are the worst and we’ve all experienced them time to time. But have you ever experienced the ‘Kissing Bug?”

These little insects called the kissing bug are predomionantly seen in in Latin and South America, but now they have been spotted across the United States.

According to the centre for disease control, they have been spotted typically biting people while they’re sleeping and are known to carry a deadly illness.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Raul Ratard said.,“The Kissing Bug, really the risk for humans is that they get inside the house and they are going to take the blood from the people,” He added that they’ve noticed the bugs in several parishes, including Jefferson Parish, St. Charles, and Terrebonne Parish. The insects can carry what’s known as Chagas Disease.

Ratard said,“Probably there were a few people who were infected that show no symptoms, and they may never show any symptoms in their lifetime.” The real danger comes, not by the critters bite, but its poop. While the bug is sucking blood, it leaves a little something behind, spreading a parasite through its droppings.

The person becomes infected when it unknowingly rubs the infected area it into the bite wound, making it infected too.

According to Dr Ratard, “Anything that’s suspicious that’s on your skin, that looks unusual, get a medical evaluation.”

Experts say the best thing you can do is keep the bugs out of your home.

“Homeowners should make sure that for instance, windows have all screens and they’re well maintained. They don’t have gaps, they don’t have holes in them. Aren’t rotting. Doors should definitely have gaskets, top bottom sides to ensure it’s good and tightly sealed,” Chris Caire with D&A Exterminating said.

Even thought the likelihood of infection is low, it is important to know what could be lurking around outside.

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