Can triatoma fly?

T. infestans may easily fly >550 m (Schofield et al. 1992) or reach 1,500 m (Schweigmann et al.

What medical importance the kissing bug triatoma has?

Aside from being a nuisance following invasion of human habitations, they are important medically because they are vectors of T. cruzi, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Where do triatoma infestans live?

TheTriatoma infestans bug has become domesticated in the Southern Cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). It lives in the mud and wattle walls and thatched roofs of simple rural houses and emerges at night to feed and defaecate on the sleeping occupants.

Are kissing bugs in Michigan?

Right now, experts say there’s enough reason to believe they could be anywhere in the north including Michigan. However, the CDC says there have not been any confirmed cases in Michigan yet. Kissing bugs are most commonly found under porches, in piles of wood, or in outdoor dog houses.

Are there kissing bugs in NY?

In New York State, you don’t have to worry about encounters with kissing bugs, but be aware of their presence when you travel in the south and Latin America. So far, the very dangerous Chagas disease they can vector has yet to be common outside of those regions.

What happens if a stink bug bites you?

The good news is that stink bugs don’t bite. They also don’t harm people or pets, nor do they spread disease. However, some people are allergic to the compounds released by the stink bug. Symptoms of this allergy can include a runny nose and, if you come in contact with crushed bugs, dermatitis.

Do stink bugs have blood?

The stink bug’s mouthparts are grouped in the piercing/sucking category, but they do not use blood as a food source like mosquitoes, biting flies, and bed bugs. Furthermore, their mouths aren’t structured in a way that enables them to pierce, sting, or bite through human skin.

Are stink bugs in Michigan?

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive pest from Asia, has by now established across most of Michigan since its first detection in 2010. You can find them in all sorts of habitats from woodlots in the spring to orchards, vegetable crops, and your garden later in summer and in your house in winter.

Why are there so many stink bugs in Michigan?

These smelly pests originally came to the US from Southeast Asia in 1998. Since then, they’ve spread to nearly every state by stowing away on packages and travelers. Stink bugs seem particularly prevalent in Michigan because our humid, heavily forested environments are perfect for them.