The Kissing Bug has arrived in Tennessee

United States
November 25, 2015 7:09am CST
We were inundated with information, photos, etc of the Stink Bug this summer and yes if you squished one it did stink! Just when you thought it was safe to leave the bug world behind a new threat is making news....the Kissing Bug. If you squish one will it kiss you? The odd thing is the Stink Bug and the Kisisng Bug look a lot alike. The Kissing Bug does have some orange on its body and the other bug is one color. This was the talk of the new this morning now that they have been discovered in Georgia and Tennessee. They really only pose a problem for your dog - dogs that are forced to live outside in a dog house. They can bite a human but it won't be a serious bite. So time to stop worrying abut bugs, kissing or otherwise and start worrying about the turkey instead!
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 Nov 15
I feel horrible for dogs that are forced to live outside like that...
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• United States
26 Nov 15
No dog deserves to be treated like a lawn ornament.
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill prettym much, it's one thing for a working dog to stay with the sheep or whatever, but people that just have a dog in their yard, it never goes inside, it never gets played with.... makes me SO mad
• United States
26 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt There is one down the road we see when we go into town. no one plays with the dog - they do feed/water it but the poor thing has no human contact. Now I see a second tied to a tree...no shelter
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@JESSY3236 (7572)
• United States
25 Nov 15
I heard about this bug in the news. I think it was found in NC too.
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• United States
25 Nov 15
They are in most of the southern states, they showed a map.
@PhredWreck (6051)
25 Nov 15
Um, actually the Kissing Bug can pass a serious disease to humans, there have been several cases of it in Texas I believe.
25 Nov 15
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• United States
25 Nov 15
@PhredWreck Well, the man on the new this morning said that the bug has to bite and then hang around on your skin long enough to 'poop' on you. He said they don't hang around. I am going by what he said. Here one link regarding our kissing bugs in TN
The bugs feed on the blood of mammals, including humans, and may carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease — which the CDC says can be fatal if left untreated.
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25 Nov 15
I'd say the Texas cases prove he doesn't know as much as he thinks.
@moffittjc (46267)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Nov 15
I used to encounter stink bugs all the time back in my younger days, when there was less human population and more wildlife population in my neck of the woods. Nowadays, I'm a city slicker, so it's rare to come across a stink bug or a kissing bug. Now don't get me started on love bugs! There's a nuisance insect if I ever saw one!
• United States
25 Nov 15
Love bug are a pain, the stink bugs aren't that big of a deal - they pose more of an ugly threat.
@moffittjc (46267)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill Stink bugs are definitely one of the ugliest bugs I have ever seen! lol
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• United States
25 Nov 15
@moffittjc They sure are and tough as nails.
@Missmwngi (10792)
• Nairobi, Kenya
25 Nov 15
Good thing they are not harmful to humans