Web Extra: 7 Places to Check for Kissing Bugs Around Your Home

Published 08/04 2014 04:15PM

Updated 08/04 2014 04:18PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - After this weekend's news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the threat of illness from kissing bugs, Arkansans have lots of questions.

In our search for answers, we're looking into the 7 places to check for kissing bugs (also known as triatomines) in or around your home.

These bugs can live indoors, in cracks and holes of substandard housing, or in a variety of outdoor settings including:
  • Beneath porches
  • Between rocky structures
  • Under cement
  • In rock, wood, brush piles, or beneath bark
  • In rodent nests or animal burrows
  • In outdoor dog houses or kennels
  • In chicken coops or houses
According to the CDC, 300,000 people may be infected in the U.S. The "kissing bug" is typically spotted in Texas and Virginia but there have been sightings in Arkansas.

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