Kissing bugs (named from their habit of feeding around the mouths of people), are making their way north, and are now a threat to Illinois & Wisconsin. These bugs are also known as assassin bugs, or vampire bugs.

In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that these deadly bloodsuckers were on the move. The “kissing” bug can pass along the fatal disease Chagas. Doctors warn the kissing bug is a silent killer because it sucks your blood and can leave behind a parasite, which finds a home in your tissue, muscles and heart and leads to Chagas disease, which can be fatal.

If a person contracts Chagas disease, symptoms often include severe redness, itching, swelling, welts and hives. According to the CDC Chagas Disease can be spread from mother to baby, by blood transfusion and during organ transplants. It’s estimated that 300,000 people are infected in the United States.

How to identify a kissing bug

Adult kissing bugs range from about 0.75 to 1.25 inches in length. Most species have a very characteristic band around the edge of the body that is striped with orange or red markings. The legs of kissing bugs are long and thin. Unlike some other species, the legs are uniformly thin along the length of the leg, and there are no “bulging” thicker areas. Kissing bugs have distinctive mouthparts that appear as a large black extension to the head. These mouthparts give rise to the nickname “cone-nose bug.’

There are 11 different species of kissing bugs in the United States. The most common species in the south-central United States are Triatoma sanguisuga and Triatoma gerstaeckeri, which are each about 1 inch long.

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