How Serious is The Kissing Bug Threat in Dallas TX?

How Serious is The Kissing Bug Threat in Dallas TX? | Dynasty Pest Control

They have been spotted in 27 states, including nearby Oklahoma and Louisiana, the nocturnal triatomine bug, commonly called the kissing bug, has migrated to the Texas.

Triatomine bugs, also known as kissing bugs, can carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a potentially life-threatening illness.

An investigation last week by the Dallas Morning News and NBC 5 in Fort Worth drew the bugs into the national spotlight.

Triatomine bugs, known as kissing bugs because they generally bite people around the lips, are typically found in the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America, according to the CDC.

The bugs are mostly nocturnal and feed off the blood of humans and other mammals.

Chagas disease is transmitted when a person comes in contact with the parasiteTrypanosoma cruzi, which can be found in the fecal material of the triatomine bugs.

The parasite is not transmitted through the bug’s bite. The CDC notes that not all triatomine bugs are infected with the parasite, and the likelihood of getting Chagas disease from a triatomine bug in the United States is low, even if the bug is infected.

According to the CDC, 20 to 30 percent of people infected with Chagas disease can develop serious complications such as heart rhythm abnormalities, or swelling of the esophagus or colon. But many people with the disease have no symptoms and may not even be aware that they are infected. The disease is curable if it is treated soon after infection.

Chagas disease is not new to the United States – the first U.S. case was first reported in 1955, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The CDC estimates that more than 300,000 people may currently be infected in the U.S., but concluded that most of them acquired the disease in countries where the disease is endemic, not from triatomine bugs in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates six to seven million people are infected worldwide.

The CDC website has further information on what to do if you believe you have found a triatomine bug or may have contracted Chagas disease.


Signs of a Kissing Bug Infestation?

If you find evidence of kissing bugs in your home, call a Dynasty Pest Control specialist.

Dynasty Pest Control can help you protect your home and family from unwanted pests in and around your home. Our professionals will provide you with the best options for you and your family.

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The Kissing Bug: How Deadly Are They?

The Kissing Bug | How Deadly Are They? | Dynasty Pest Control

Just how deadly is the kissing bug?
Deadly kissing bugs. You may have seen them popping up recently in your Facebook feed — similar in appearance to a cockroach — as reports are shared about the insects possibly invading a state near you. But, just how deadly are they?

Nocturnal Nuisance
The nocturnal, inch-long triatomine bug has been nicknamed the kissing bug because it feeds on mammals’ blood, and particularly likes to bite around the lips and faces of people when they are sleeping. These bites can turn deadly, when bugs infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi defecate and the fecal matter infects the bite. The infection is known as Chagas disease.

Infection Rare
In fact, studies have found that there is only about one case of Chagas, for every 900-4,000 contacts with infected kissing bugs.

Kissing bugs are most active in the summer through early fall.

Most people who are infected only experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, body aches, vomiting and loss of appetite. But between 20% and 30% of those infected result in chronic conditions that aren’t detected until later in life such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, tiredness, and in rare cases, sudden death.

Chagas disease can also infect dogs.

Where do “kissing bugs” live?
Chagas is endemic to Latin America, where a different species of kissing bugs live and can find their way into rural households. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 8 million cases of the disease throughout Latin and South America.

The bugs have been reported in Mexico, Central America, South America and the southern United States, the CDC reports. They can be found anywhere from under porches and cement to inside animal burrows, chicken coops and outdoor dog houses or kennels. “Kissing bugs” also may live inside near pets and rodent-infested areas or in bedrooms, the CDC adds. The CDC estimates there are about 300,000 cases of Chagas in the United States, with most of those cases contracted in other countries.

 

‘Kissing bug’ Could Be Deadly
However that doesn’t mean that kissing bugs don’t exist here in the U.S. They have been reported in 28 states, with the largest concentration in the south. Hamer’s team collects kissing bugs from the public, and have found over 50% of the bugs to be infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.

Hamer said the kissing bug and Chagas have long been our neighbors. “The earliest reports are from the 1800s. The first parasites have been reported since the 1940s. We’re just diagnosing more disease, we’re paying attention to it now.”

Preventing Pests
To prevent infestation, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Seal cracks and gaps around windows, walls, roofs and doors
  • Remove wood, brush and rock piles near your house
  • Use screens on doors and windows and repair any holes or tears
  • Seal holes and cracks leading to the attic, crawl spaces below the house, and to the outside
  • Have pets sleep indoors, especially at night
  • Keep your house and any outdoor pet resting areas clean, in addition to periodically checking both areas for the presence of bugs

What do I do if I find a kissing bug?
The CDC says you should not “touch or squash the bug.” Instead, place a container on top of the insect, then slide the bug inside and fill the container with rubbing alcohol. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, the CDC says you can freeze the bug in the container, then call your local pest control service to dispose of it properly and conduct a inspection.

Signs of a Kissing Bug Infestation?
If you find evidence of kissing bugs in your home, call a Dynasty Pest Control specialist.

Dynasty Pest Control can help you protect your home and family from unwanted pests in and around your home. Our professionals will provide you with the best options for you and your family.

Request a FREE estimate now!

Where do Bed Bugs Live?

Where do Bed Bugs Live? | Dynasty Pest Control

THE THREE MAIN PLACES TO CHECK FOR BED BUGS 

Worried about bed bugs? Today, bed bugs can be found in almost every region of the world and in all 50 states. With bed bugs hitchhiking on humans and their belongings, it is natural to wonder, “where do bed bugs live?”

Bed bugs are active mainly at night and prefer to feed on humans. During the daytime, they will typically hide in close proximity to their host. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices.

WHERE DO BED BUGS LIVE?

Due to their transitory nature, bed bugs like to take up residence in hotels. When staying in a new place, perform a quick inspection to see if there is any evidence of infestation before unpacking.

The top three places you should always check for bed bugs when staying somewhere new:

1. The box springs.

2. The bed frame including headboard.

3. The mattress – look all over, including the tufts, folds, and buttons.

While the mattress, box spring and bed frame are the three most common areas to find evidence of a bed bug infestation, bed bugs are found on furniture, such as desks and chairs, behind wallpaper, clocks and pictures, cracks in wood floors and under the edge of the carpet.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF BED BUGS?

  • Dark spotting and staining, which is the dried fecal matter of the bed bugs.
  • Bed bug eggs (about the size and color of a small grain of rice).
  • Shed skins of juvenile bed bugs.
  • Adult bugs or bug carcasses.
  • Rusty or reddish smears on bed sheets or mattresses from crushed, engorged bed bugs.

By staying alert for signs of bed bugs, you can avoid unwanted exposure and infestation.

If you suspect activity while traveling, alert the hotel management. If you find evidence of bed bugs in your home, call a Dynasty Pest Control specialist at (469) 358-1425.

Fall Pest Control: The Skinny on Fall Pest Prevention

Fall Pest Control: The Skinny on Fall Pest Prevention

With Arrival of Fall, Pests Seek Shelter Indoors.

Fall is a favorite season for many, as it signals the beginning of colorful leaves and crisp weather. But for many pests, including rodents, spiders, and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find refuge from the cold winter ahead. Our team of pest control specialist reminds homeowners of the importance that fall pest-proofing can play in keeping pests from making their home in yours.

Rodents carry diseases, including Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can cause structural damage to a property by gnawing through wires, which can cause house fires, and nesting in insulation. Cockroaches also spread disease, and their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children. Brown recluse spiders will bite if threatened, injecting venom that can be dangerous to those with allergic reactions.

When the weather cools, our warm homes are just as enticing to pests as they are to us. Pests are unwelcome houseguests as they can pose serious health and property threats. In preparation for winter, homeowners should be proactive and vigilant in preventing pests from coming indoors.

We recommend these fall pest-proofing tips:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.

Every season brings its share of pests and environmental concerns to your door. That’s why fall pest control is so important. A pest professional can treat your yard, and set up devices that watch for harmful insects, like termites. They can stop many bugs before they even get to your home. Professionals have training on how to seal your house, and can spray the outside of your home, especially in hard to reach places, like the roof line and third story window frames.

You don’t have to live in fear of bugs and rodents. Proper fall maintenance can keep your home and your family safe, and bug-free. You have enough to worry about. Leave your bug worries to the professionals. Schedule a FREE inspection today!

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MistAway Systems – Mosquito Control

Outdoor Mosquito Control with Mosquito Misting

When you want to take in the pleasures of your own yard – patio or pool, fun with kids or parties with adults – you deserve to do so in complete comfort. You shouldn’t have to be at the mercy of annoying insects, mosquitoes, no-see-ums and their painful bites. Fortunately, you won’t be with MistAway – the revolutionary automatic mosquito misting system.

A MistAway mosquito control system automatically sprays a very fine mist of botanical insecticide through a series of mosquito misting nozzles installed on your property. Once installed, our system virtually disappears into your landscape. You won’t even know it’s there. Whatever your requirements, a MistAway mosquito misting system can be customized to fit your yard perfectly.

The automatic mosquito misting control unit – either our innovative tankless mosquito misting model or our traditional drum-based mosquito misting model – is located anywhere that is convenient to a water faucet and electrical outlet.

Our precision-engineered mosquito misting nozzles are installed about every 10-15 feet around the perimeter of your property; on fence lines, trees and risers positioned in the landscaping for a mosquito-free yard.

The misting unit’s electronic controller is programmed to automatically initiate a 30 – 60 second mosquito-killing mist around dawn and again at dusk, when the mosquitoes are most active and other beneficial insects – like bees and butterflies – are not.

The fine mist drifts around the property and settles on the grass and landscaping, killing any mosquito that comes in contact with it. MistAway’s mosquito misting systems can also help control other unwanted insects, like spiders, flies, gnats and no-see-ums.

The MistAway Mosquito Misting Systems works automatically or with a handheld remote and provides worry free outdoor mosquito control.

Life is too short to feel uncomfortable in your own backyard. With a MistAway Misting System, you won’t have to.