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Potentially Dangerous "Kissing Bugs" Expanding from Texas to Oklahoma

Entomologist warn about growing population of the potentially dangerous "Kissing Bug."

(KFOR) Experts say with a changing climate, Oklahoma could be hearing a lot more about the kissing bug. They used to be limited to South America and then Mexico but now, they've arrived in Texas.

Amanda Franson had never heard or seen of the Kissing bug, also known as the Assassin bug. When I showed her son Austin a picture, he knew exactly what it was.

"I have this bug book about true bugs," said Austin Green. "It said something about assassin bugs that kind of look like those but their skinnier."

Austin knows that over time the bug can kill you, and University of Oklahoma professor Ken Hobson says we need to know more about it also.

"We really don't have very much information on all of the locations that they're in," says Hobson. "This is a developing area of concern where we really need more information."

The kissing bug attacks at night, biting the mouth and eye area.

"As we sleep at night we're warm and it's just an easy place to get a meal," says Hobson. "Then when we wake up in the morning it's like what was that, and you've got a little wound there."

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