The Triatomine Insect known as the “kissing bug” has been found, and properly identified, in two neighboring states to New Jersey: Pennsylvania and Delaware. The “kissing bug” tends to bite on the face or around the eye which is why it has been labeled the “kissing bug”. This insect has been known for carrying Chagas disease which can cause cardial and gastrointestinal complications. The parasite that carries this disease is found in the feces of the “kissing bug” and people contract this disease when the feces is rubbed into the wound that was caused by the bite of the “kissing bug”. Contracting Chagas disease is slim, but if you have been bitten by a “kissing bug”, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in a heavily wooded area, you may want to consider preventative pest control to reduce the risk of a “kissing bug” population at your residence. Viking’s Premier Plan offers preventative solutions that can help reduce “kissing bug” populations from becoming an issue on your property. Viking’s Yard Guard, which is included in the Premier Plan, is an outdoor lawn treatment that can greatly reduce the risk of a “kissing bug” population. For more information about Viking’s Premier Plan, click here, or call Viking Pest today at 1-800-618-BUGS (2847) for a FREE and NO OBLIGATION inspection.

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