With the discovery of the deadly kissing bug in California, all Californians should be taking precautions to protect themselves against this harmful invader, especially since there are well-documented connections between the kissing bug and Chagas disease.

Continue reading to learn more about this deadly South American pest and Chagas disease.

What is Chagas Disease?

Chagas disease spreads through the bite of the kissing bug, which prefers to attack the face of its victims, hence its name.

Those who have contracted Chagas disease may experience the following:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and Pains

However, if you contract Chagas disease from bug bites and it’s not treated early, there can be severe consequences. It’s a particularly insidious disease because those symptoms all look like a normal illness that improves within a few days. People can even begin to feel better initially while the infection remains untreated. If it develops to the chronic phase, it can lead to lifelong heart and gastrointestinal issues.

How do Kissing Bugs Spread Chagas?

As stated above, kissing bugs spread Chagas disease through biting their victim’s faces, but what’s even scarier is that you don’t have to go outside to attract kissing bugs or Chagas disease. The disease can be spread from mother to child or even through contaminated food.

Kissing bugs are small, so they can fit through very small cracks and weasel their way into your home. In addition, kissing bugs can also attack pets, who in turn can transport these invaders inside.

How to Combat Kissing Bugs

The best way to combat kissing bugs in California is to find a permanent solution through a reputable pest exterminator.

Preventive Pest Control in California specializes in finding and eliminating pests of all kinds, including kissing bugs. We offer both residential and commercial pest control services so you can rest easy knowing that your property is safe from hazardous bugs.

If you are having trouble with any kind of pest, consider contacting Preventive Pest Control today. Can you afford not to?