Is there a kissing bug in the Philippines?

What countries do kissing bugs live in?

Kissing bugs are blood-feeding insects that live in the southern and western United States, Mexico, and parts of Central and South America.

Is the kissing bug really dangerous?

Do They Bite? Bites from kissing bugs are not usually serious and cause only mild pain and redness. These blood-feeding insects may target both humans and animals. Kissing bugs feed at night and their bites usually go unnoticed until the person bitten wakes up from their sleep.

Can you be cured of Chagas disease?

Treatment. To kill the parasite, Chagas disease can be treated with benznidazole and also nifurtimox. Both medicines are nearly 100% effective in curing the disease if given soon after infection at the onset of the acute phase, including the cases of congenital transmission.

How do you prevent kissing bugs?

Getting rid of kissing bugs

  1. Seal gaps around windows and doors. Fill in any holes or cracks in walls or screens that could let kissing bugs into your house.
  2. Let your pets sleep inside, especially at night. Keep pets from sleeping in a bedroom. …
  3. Clean up any piles of wood or rocks that are up against your house.

Are kissing bugs seasonal?

As the weather heats up in May and June, the adult bugs take flight around dusk to find a mate and a meal. In Tucson, a rise in reported bites for people correlates with this dispersal period, which usually peaks right before the monsoon season. Kissing bugs are often drawn to outdoor house lights.

Why are they called kissing bugs?

Kissing bugs have that name because their bites are often found around the mouth. They usually hide during the day and are active at night when they feed. They can go for weeks without feeding. Kissing bugs can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease, but this is not common in the United States.

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