Colorado July 11, 2019
A Parasitic Bug Has Been Spotted Throughout Colorado And Its Bite Can Be Deadly
A few months ago we discovered that summer 2019 was going to be notoriously bad for ticks and mosquitoes (you can find a quick recap of that
here) and today we are here to deliver even more bad news, as Colorado is being infested with a potentially deadly bug. While this insect may look and sound innocent enough, its bite can be fatal, which is why we recommend keeping your eyes peeled for the “Kissing Bug.” Here’s what you should know:
Spotted around the bottom half of the United States (including Colorado) is a pesky little creature called the Triatominae; a native to South and Central America that is slowly migrating north and wreaking havoc along the way.
Also known as the "kissing bug," the Triatominae can infect its victim with a simple, painless bite, all the while defecating and potentially passing along a parasite containing the Chagas disease.
While the chances of contracting the disease from the Triatominae are relatively low, it is still not worth taking a chance with these silent killers.
The "kissing bug" measures approximately 1-inch long and boasts distinct features like orange and red stripes, long and thin legs, and a distinct, cone-like mouth.
If you think you have come into contact with a Triatominae, the CDPHE asks that you do not squish it but rather trap it in a jar for them to investigate.
You can contact the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment by calling (303) 692-2700.
How can you protect yourself and your family from these pests? The
CDC recommends removing any rock or wood piles (or any other form of debris) from around your home; sealing any cracks in the exterior; and keeping outdoor lights away from your home, dog kennels, or chicken coops.
The Triatominae prefers to live in dark, cool places, like under porches, between rocky structures, and in piles of debris.
Don't let this creepy-crawly deter your summer; remain aware, and you will have a safe and fun Colorado summer!
Have you come into contact with any unusual bugs this summer, or even this deadly kissing bug? Let us know in the comments! While you are out and about, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for
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