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Winter might bring Kissing Bugs into your home

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - As the weather cools down, a creature called the "kissing bug" may try to sneak into your home, and it won't be with sweet kisses.

The CDC reports the beetle like bugs, technically called Triatomines, have been detected across the middle and southern half of the United States. That includes Mississippi.

They get their name, kissing bugs, because they're attracted to the carbon dioxide you breathe out when you're sleeping. 

Richard Fagerlund is an entomologist. "That's why they call them kissing bugs, because they'll go up on your face and kiss you on the mouth."

In Central America and Mexico they spread Chagas, a disease that can kill if it's not diagnosed and treated.

Rat's nests are one of their favorite places to feed. Also, check under flower pots and seal cracks under doors and windows.

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