Kissing bug season

Kissing bug season

well they want to drink your blood but they’re not vampires or mosquitoes but they are kissing bugs the University of Arizona is looking for a few good bugs and candidates who’ve been bitten it’s all in the name of research news for Tucson so Pete Amodeo explains right now the kissing bug is it’s on the move dr. Norman Beatty is part of the research team at the U of A he’s at the Massey’s home in Northwest Tucson looking for live kissing bugs under a special ultraviolet light and a white sheet this is one right here this is an adult female from now until August kissing bugs we’ll be out there looking again to find a mate to lay their eggs and to get a blood meal Massey and his wife are part of the research bitten before right then we actually both admit bitten I got bit in my bed here in the house got it right on the side and it’s kind of like a mosquito bite on steroid dr. Beatty says they want to learn more about the kissing bug and the interaction with humans in southern Arizona the kissing bug is biting people and it carries a parasite that causes a disease called Chavez disease a tough disease because you just might get a headache and a fever and it goes away if you are to develop the chronic manifestations of this disease it takes decades and that’s why it’s important for us to do this testing because you may have been exposed but you don’t know it he adds after decades of chronic inflammation it can attack your heart and sometimes it can be fatal the bite itself can cause a mild allergic reaction such as redness and itching on rare occasions a kissing bug will cause anaphylactic shock which requires immediate hospitalization what we want to do this summer is to recruit people who have been bitten and who have exposure to this kissing bug to learn more about the factors at which they’re being exposed and the the bite itself you peata Marie o news for Tucson the U of A is also asking for people to bring in live kissing bugs if you go to our web site there’s information on how to catch them and how to protect your home and yourself from getting bit by that bug

13 thoughts on “Kissing bug season”

  1. Kissing bug desies symptoms & precaution

  2. Kissing bug desies symptoms & precaution

  3. Nasty tortuous things for both people and pets. My husband is allergic to them. Two of my medium-size dogs (Weimaraners) exhibited signs of muscle paralysis and unable to walk. We thought it was Mycotoxins, toxic compounds in their food, since we had just switched over to a more natural brand. Our vet could find no explanation for what was wrong with them. Nothing showed up in their blood panels or X-rays. They were beautiful healthy energetic dogs that had suddenly become paralyzed. We were devastated. 
    To make this long story short, we found 4 large kissing bugs well-hidden inside of their bedding. Phototaxis affects their behavior and movement. Kissing bugs (attracted to more brighter artificial light sources from windows and porches) had made their way inside our home and were feeding on the dogs while they slept at night. We don't know for how long. We see kissing bugs appear annually around mid May during their nighttime dispersal flights when they leave their homes in PACK RAT nests to seek mates and new hosts. And then disappear soon after early July monsoon season rolls in. Rats are neither allergic to, nor seem to be bothered by them.
    We captured the bugs we found (Triatoma rubida), and showed them to our vet. He had never seen kissing bugs or heard of them. Our dogs recovered and returned to their normal health and activities soon after removing the triatomines from their bedding.
    It's something to be aware of if you know you have kissing bugs and have seen them in and around your home. Pets can be affected as well. Learn to ID them.

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