Kissing Bugs

first_imgOver the last few weeks, many Georgians have focused their attention on the media-hyped coverage of the kissing bug. Much of the sensationalism and worry surrounding this insect boogieman is unwarranted, according to University of Georgia entomologists. While the bug is native to Georgia, it made headlines recently because it is known to carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease, which sickens millions of people in Mexico and South America every year, according to the World Health Organization. While the disease is devastating in the countries that it affects, it is extremely rare in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Kissing bugs have been in Georgia for millions of years,” said Nancy Hinkle, UGA Extension veterinary and medical entomologist. “Kissing bugs are not deadly and most of them are not infected with the parasite that causes Chagas disease … The Chagas disease parasite is transmitted only through the feces of specific kissing bugs.” There are at least 11 different species of kissing bugs in the South, and they vary in appearance, Hinkle said. Still, many Georgians are worried when they find a kissing bug, or its harmless cousin, the wheel bug, in or around their homes. UGA Extension agents and entomologists frequently receive specimens from Georgians who are worried about finding kissing bugs in their homes. Most of the specimens have been the more common wheel bug, said Dan Suiter, UGA Extension entomologist and invasive insect expert. Tannish-brown wheel bugs can be recognized by a ridge of horn-like spikes, looking like a cogwheel, down the centers of their backs. Some kissing bugs are also tannish-brown, but are generally flatter and have a black and tan striped border around their bodies. The relatively unknown wheel bug is actually more likely to bite Georgians than its headline-making cousin. Still, these cases of mistaken identity and fears of Chagas disease have people worried, but they shouldn’t be, Hinkle said. With freezing temperatures ahead, most kissing bugs will be going in hibernation soon. There is no risk of catching Chagas disease from the bite of a kissing bug. The parasite that causes Chagas disease is carried in the bug’s feces. In other words, being bitten by the bug will not harm you, but rubbing the bug’s excrement in your eyes or into an open wound might make you sick. You are at more risk of contracting the disease if you clean up raccoon, opossum, skunk or armadillo nests; that’s where the bugs live and where kissing bug feces are most concentrated. There’s not much risk if the nests of wild animals are avoided. Georgians can keep kissing bugs out of their homes the same way they can deter other insects. Turn off porch lights at night to avoid attracting the bugs. Seal around doors and windows with weather-stripping and replace door sweeps; if cold air can’t get in, neither can kissing bugs. In the U.S., we are more likely to die in an automobile accident than to ever, in our whole lives, get infected with Chagas disease. For more information about Chagas disease and kissing bugs in the U.S., contact your local Extension office by visiting or calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.center_img Here are some facts about kissing bugs and Chagas disease in Georgia: last_img read more

La Liga: Spanish capital prepares for Real Madrid title parade

first_imgReal Madrid will be unable to hold their normal celebration parades for titles due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Spanish capital is evaluating viable alternative plans. Los Blancos typically celebrate winning major titles at the Plaza de Cibeles in the city – the location of the Cibeles Fountain – with tens of thousands of fans usually gathering to cheer on the squad parading the triumphs. Madrid are set to be crowned Spanish champions for the first time since 2017 and for only the second occasion since 2012, but their celebrations will not be normal. As outlined by Cadena Cope, there will be no mass gathering of fans sanctioned by local authorities although the Madrid council are seeking ways for alternative celebrations to take place. The city’s mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida is cited as saying: “It could be arranged with a mandatory mask and with a very limited capacity.Advertisement “We are going to demand that a mask be worn, no one will be able to access it without a mask, and we will draw a very limited perimeter so that it is not will not be possible for people to crowd the fences. Read Also:Eden Hazard struggles to bounce back at Real Madrid “The best thing is for fans to take to their balconies.” Madrid are currently four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga and if they defeat Villarreal on Thursday, they will be crowned champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVlast_img read more