Yikes Another Disease-Carrying Bug!

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Yikes Another Disease-Carrying Bug!

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Post by dlh » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:58 pm

My exterminator came by to spray my house today. He wanted to show me a bug he found on my back porch.

Had seen these bugs around but never gave them much though---turns out they can carry a nasty disease---the Assassin or Kissing Bug:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae

So I can now add these pests to my list of scorpions, ticks carrying lyme disease, brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, blister bugs, and other nasty creatures.
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Post by lonestar144 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:53 pm

Not only do they carry the disease, they also can leave a very nasty bite.


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Post by Rob72 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:21 pm

Chagas? It's all the way up to Oklahoma.😁

I used to work with the Infectious Diseases clinic at OU, before we moved down here. One of our docs there was doing unofficial epidemiology on them.

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Post by Grundy1133 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:03 pm

those look a lot like stink bugs... i think its best to just avoid the outdoors during spring/summer/fall months. ooh and during the winter! flu season is the worst
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Post by crazy2medic » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:22 am

dlh wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:58 pm
My exterminator came by to spray my house today. He wanted to show me a bug he found on my back porch.

Had seen these bugs around but never gave them much though---turns out they can carry a nasty disease---the Assassin or Kissing Bug:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae

So I can now add these pests to my list of scorpions, ticks carrying lyme disease, brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, blister bugs, and other nasty creatures.
You left out Hobo spiders!
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Re: Yikes Another Disease-Carrying Bug!

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Post by Maxwell » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:45 am

crazy2medic wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:22 am
dlh wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:58 pm
My exterminator came by to spray my house today. He wanted to show me a bug he found on my back porch.

Had seen these bugs around but never gave them much though---turns out they can carry a nasty disease---the Assassin or Kissing Bug:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae

So I can now add these pests to my list of scorpions, ticks carrying lyme disease, brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, blister bugs, and other nasty creatures.
You left out Hobo spiders!
and snakes... :leaving
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Post by K.Mooneyham » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:15 am

Assassin bugs...yep, spent my teen years in the South Texas Brush Country, they were a serious nuisance. Their bite leaves a large welt that itches like crazy. And, despite their size, they can walk on you while you sleep and you'll never feel them. In addition, their shape allows them to fit through small crevices and cracks. Nasty critters, no doubt.

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