TRIATOMINE BUG, THE KISSING BUG: A HAZARD IN THE RGV
The Triatomine Bug, also known as the Kissing Bug, is a serious threat in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). BugWorks Termite & Pest Control Company has seen various cases of the Triatomine Bug. In severe cases, pets – especially dogs – have fallen victims to the Chagas Disease that Triatomine Bugs carry. The Chagas Disease can be fatal in pets, especially dogs.
Here are some important things to know about the Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease:
• There are 12 species of triatomines that occur in the United States.
• The Triatomine Bug got the nickname Kissing Bug because they usually bite people or animals near their mouth during the night while they sleep.
• Other common names for the Triatomines Bugs are cone-nose bugs or Mexican bed bugs.
• Females usually lay eggs between May-Sept and the eggs hatch approximately 3 weeks later.
• Kissing bugs are attracted to light in our homes, carbon dioxide, body odor, and body heat.
• Chagas Disease is a major health issue in Central and South America. 18 million people have become infected resulting in 14,000 deaths every year.
• Chagas Disease can result in heart disease and digestive issues.
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