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What is a Kissing Bug? Are they nice and want to kiss
-- Waiting To Be Kissed, Maury Avenue
Dear Waiting To Be Kissed,
A Kissing Bug is the epitome of a creepy bug. No.
They are not nice and do not want to kiss and
cuddle. Kissing bugs can carry a parasite that causes
Chagas disease, but this is not common in the United
States. Itching from the bites can be so bad that
some people will scratch enough to cause breaks in
the skin that get infected easily. The bites
can also cause a serious allergic reaction in some
people. Bill Howell, a naturalist from California,
has made a youtube video about the creepy crawler.
You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7X0k9LtFMg
According to a story by Greg Hambrick of the Manassas
Patch, Virginia is one of the states where Kissing
Bugs have been found.
They are typically found underneath porches and cement,
in wood piles or under bark, in outdoor dog houses
or kennels and in animal burrows.To keep the possibility
of this creepy crawler away from your home experts
suggest that those concerned about the potential for
infestations can seal cracks around their homes, remove
food and debris piles near their homes, use screens
on doors and windows, keep pets indoors at night,
keep pet bedding clean and make sure yard lights arent
close enough to a home to attract the bugs. A key
fact in the article points out that their nickname
comes from their favorite places to bite people. They
bite humans around the mouth or eyes to consume blood,
according to Texas A&M University. The CDC
reports there are 11 different species of the triatomine
bug found primarily in the southern United States,
but occurrences have been found as far north as Pennsylvania.
Do not kiss this bug.
Dear Downtowner Answerman,
Will you help me move some furniture this Saturday?
-- On the Road Again, Colley Avenue
Dear On the Road Again,
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