What is the 'Kissing Bug?' - Tucson News Now

What is the 'Kissing Bug?'

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The "Kissing Bug" sounds cute, but researchers in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience have tested them for a disease-causing parasite. 

Officials said the most common type in Tucson is called the Triatoma rubida, and researchers determined parasites that cause Chagas Disease live in the intestines of the blood-sucking bugs.

The department says Kissing Bugs usually bite people near their mouth while they sleep because they are attracted to the odor coming from the mouth, and are also attracted to household pets.

Mypestprevention.com says the best way to help keep kissing bugs away is to keep the house clean so there are limited places for them to hide.

For more information, visit the department page here: http://bit.ly/1wzIl1s.

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