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Uncle Ron

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Night before last I got hit by a kissing bug (cone nose bug) ... five or six bites each on my left chest and my back ... It is zero fun!!! I didn't realize what had happened until last night when I started having symptoms of anaphlectic shock... Rapid heart beat, fever, shortness of breath, headache, elevated blood pressure, muscle aches, general agitation ... Fortunately my throat didn't choke off but it sure was hard to catch my breath for most of the night ... The bad thing about these nasty critters is that the more you get bit, the more severe your reaction .... Dodie has been bitten several times over the past 5 years and is so allergic she has to carry an eppy pin ... Guess I'll have to start doing that now too ...The bugs generally live in rodent nests, but if something happens to the rodents, the bugs head out looking for new food ... We have lots of rodents but if they get killed, like eaten by a snake, the bugs will move into the house ... Anyhow, no fun! ... Cheers, Unc

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Dern Ron...srry to hear about that.

Thanks for the heads up though!
Will be on the watch for them.

Heres a pic I pulled off the net.

Guess they come in all colors also.

Tom H.

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THey can carry Chagas Disease,,, not to be messed with

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease

I've had good luck with ortho HOME DEFENSE stopping all manner of critter getting inside. Of course , mechanical blockage of entry points is key, as well.

MIght work for your bugs http://www.orthohomedefense.com/smg/images/microSites/homedefensePdf/Guide_021309.pdf

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7455.html
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Trypansoma cruzi, the Chagas disease-causing protozoan some conenose bugs carry, is transmitted via their feces. Unlike most fly- and tick-transmitted diseases, the bug bite itself doesn’t transmit the organism or disease. Rather it is transmitted when conenose bug feces are scratched into a wound, ingested, or rubbed into moist tissues around the eyes, nose, and mouth. To prevent infection, wash the wound areas with soap and water; launder soiled clothing or bedding; and never scratch (especially to bleeding) the itchy wound, put fingers into your mouth or nose, or rub your eyes. Immediate or acute symptoms of this disease include swelling of the face, especially of one eye (Romaña’s sign), high or moderate fever that develops about two weeks after the victim is bitten, swelling of other body areas, and disturbance of the heart rhythm. If the patient isn’t treated in the early stages of the disease, prolonged chronic infection becomes established and may result in cardiac damage, other serious disorders, or death."

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Never kissed one though we have plenty of them around here. Don't they have a odd odor when you squish them? Ours have little red spots around their body. I didn't know they could be so potentially dangerous.

Old Tom

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So I killed a Cone Nose yesterday in the bathroom, which to us confirmed the source of the bites... However, this morning, Dodie stripped the bed and all the furniture got moved around and inspected ... No more cone noses, but, guess what!! Underneath my side of the bed a big freakin' BLACK WIDOW SPIDER was building a sturdy web!!!!!!!!!!! That really had us confused... I was bitten on the knee by a black widow when I was a kid and it made me sicker than a dog and left gapping pusie wound that oozed crud out for a week..plus I had to have antibiotics and, I think, anti venon I spent a week in bed with the room darkened due to my inability to tolerate light ....The bites I'm dealing with don't seem like that, at least not so far ... They are ceasing to hurt so much but I'm still dealing with chills and low grade fever...also pretty severe tremors too, which I just now decided to self-medicate with a big strong bloody mary!!!!! :oregonian_winesmiley::alcoholic: Cheers, Unc

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That alcohol ain't gonna cure nothing you better wipe them insects out of yer livin quarters !!!!!

We did that very thing con gusto this morning!!!

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Ron, I had these in my house, as me and the wife were waking up in bed with bites and found 2 of them in the bed. We went through the whole room, and found they were mostly hiding in the closet, I found most of them on my shirts hanging in the closet, I took them down and shook them, and must have got a dozen from the shirts in the closet. They can cause all kinds of health problems. Go through your clothes that's where I found mine.

Dave

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I'm still dealing with chills and low grade fever...also pretty severe tremors too,

MIght want to read this again and save a bug to show the sawbones so you can cut to the chase. Otherwise ,you'll play 20 questions:

"Immediate or acute symptoms of this disease include swelling of the face, especially of one eye (Romaña’s sign), high or moderate fever that develops about two weeks after the victim is bitten, swelling of other body areas, and disturbance of the heart rhythm. If the patient isn’t treated in the early stages of the disease, prolonged chronic infection becomes established and may result in cardiac damage, other serious disorders, or death."

..............

"Chagas disease

Chagas disease is caused by a tropical parasite and can cause fever, ill feeling, and swelling around the eye.

http://symptomchecker.webmd.com/multiple-symptoms?symptoms=chills%7Cfever%7Cshaking&symptomids=51%7C102%7C548&locations=66%7C66%7C66

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/chagas/gen_info/detailed.html

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How is Chagas disease treated?

There are two approaches to therapy, both of which can be life saving:

  • antiparasitic treatment, to kill the parasite; and
  • symptomatic treatment, to manage the symptoms and signs of infection.

Antiparasitic treatment is most effective early in the course of infection but is not limited to cases in the acute phase. In the United States, this type of treatment is available through CDC. Your health care provider can talk with CDC staff about whether and how you should be treated. Most people do not need to be hospitalized during treatment."

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Bottom line? Get your nether regions and your better half( since you say she's been bit) to a doc or urgent care, pronto for a blood test.

C0096184-Chagas_disease_parasite_life_cy

": Chagas disease life cycle. Diagram showing the life cycle of the flagellate protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the cause of Chagas disease. The disease is spread through the faeces of triatomine bugs. Early symptoms of infection include fever, muscle pain and enlarged lymph nodes. If the infection remains untreated the parasite causes intestinal and heart disorders, which can be fatal."

http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/390915/view

http://dna.kdna.ucla.edu/parasite_course-old/cruzi_files/subchapters/pathogenesis.htm

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According to the University in Tucson, as well as poison control center and state health dept., chagas isn't carried by the cone nose north of southern Mexico and central america ... Never been a case in the US according all three of them ... I spoke personally with the specialist on this things at the UofA in the dept of entomology and he confirmed that ...The CNB's in Arizona are about one to two inches and look exactly like the one posted above ... We do have some very small versions of a bug looking like it but with more red and they are not poisonous and their heads aren't like the true cone nose ... But even without that disease, this is not a happy thing to deal with ... Dodie just fed me a nice juicy filet and my strength jumped up and my pain went down .... I know from her experiences with this bug that it's a good week to ten days of discomfort ... I'm already tired of it, fever and chills all day today ... Hopeful! Cheers, Unc

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We get them critters from time to time in the Summer. They like to hang out around the Swamp Cooler. Bite's cause a Itch From hell welt.

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Unc, respectfully need to disagree w/ your doctors opinions and their assumptions. Doctors here in California say there are no recluse spiders. With the way people travel , given same climate, anything is possible. In my trade have seen the violin markings on spiders under houses, just before I killed them. Do not like spiders, esp. black widows! Wasp spray works fine!

Hope you feel better!

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., chagas isn't carried by the cone nose north of southern Mexico and central america ..

I hope all it is is an allergic reaction to their saliva but I wouldn't trust those "suits" when there's information to the contrary. What about your own searching, if any? I found contradictory info( it's in the US).

"In North America, Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma cruzi) was first reported in Mexico in 1940 [1] and in the United States in Texas in 1955 [2]. However, based on ancient mummified remains discovered in the Rio Grande Valley, human T. cruziinfection has been present in North America since prehistoric times [3].

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"http://cmr.asm.org/content/24/4/655...<

"Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas' Disease in the United States"

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  1. 2.Bern C, Kjos S, Yabsley MJ, Montgomery SP (2011) Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas' disease in the United States. Clin Microbiol Rev 2011 24: 655–81. doi: 10.1128/cmr.00005-11
  2. http://www.plosntds.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pntd.0002300#pntd.0002300-Bern1
  3. ...............

"Chagas disease causes the highest burden of any parasitic disease in the Western hemisphere. By applying published seroprevalence figures to immigrant populations, we estimate that 300,167 individuals withTrypanosoma cruzi infection live in the United States, with 30,000–45,000 cardiomyopathy cases and 63–315 congenital infections annually. T. cruzicauses a substantial disease burden in the United States"

http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/5/e52.full

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We have all those nasty critter here. Black Widows, Recluse, Scorpions, Ticks, Fleas, Skeeter, Snakes.

As for stuff they carry?

West Nile.

Systemic Plague.

Black Plague.

Lime.

Encephalitis.

And anything they have down in Mexico.

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Ron, I just got bit for the fifth time a couple of weeks ago. Right shoulder blade area and it was a BIG bite. Headed to ER where the heart monitor told the Doc I had a heart attack. Cleared that up with a second EKG. Nasty bug, blood sucker and they can come in on your pets where I think this one did. I check my bedding every night and am now again carrying a Epi pen which I had stopped doing. I guess you and I are the unlucky ones as they say only 7% of the population react to the saliva of these suckers. Rib area under each arm swells up tremendously and it took four days for the swelling at the bite site to go down.

I always collect the bug and take them with me to ER when I go. Nobody in ER had ever heard or seen them before as again, most people get bit and don't know it was this bug. AKA, Chinese Kissing Beetle as they try to bite near the mouth normally.

Nocturnal.

Beware.

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