According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the pest known as the “kissing bug” has is in the United States, and various species have been reported in both Georgia and Alabama.
Officially named the triatomine bug, it is a type of reduviid bug that carries a parasite calledTrypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, the CDC says. The bug also comes in 11 different species. The bug is known as “kissing” bugs, assassin bugs, cone-nosed bugs, and blood suckers.
An interesting thing to note is that the map comprises a generality of all species, but only two are native to Georgia (T. sanguisuga and T. lecticularia) and only one species is native to Alabama (Triatoma sanguisuga).
It is unclear to the CDC, however, how many reports there have been or where, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.