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Kissing Bugs Have Made It to Tennessee

A bug with a deadly bite is getting a lot of attention across the country.

undefinedKnown as the kissing bug, it feeds on human blood, often biting your face at night, and leaves behind a parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Chagas disease attacks tissue and muscles in the body and can cause a host of problems, including heart disease.  Other symptoms often include swelling near the bite and pain in the gut.

Chagas disease is most common in Central America and Mexico but has made a surge north into the southern U.S. recently, some think due to climate change.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the kissing bug has been spotted in North Carolina, Georgia, & Tennessee.

Pest control experts say they haven’t come across the bug in the East, but they are aware of it. They add it’s important to be prepared.

Places to check in your home include: doors, windows, and any other cracks and crevices around your home, such as,between couch and bed cushions. You’ll want to make sure you clean up any wood, brush, and rock piles near the outside of your home too. If you think you may have seen the insect, calling an exterminator is your best option.

See www.cdc.gov for more details.

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