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At night, these parasites crawl onto your bed, bite you and suck your blood. Then they find a nearby hideout where they leave disgusting telltale signs. But these pests have an Achilles’ heel that stops them cold.

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Adult bed bugs are about the size and color of an apple seed. After biting, they hide in a nearby cranny, like the seam of the mattress.

At the University of California, Irvine, biologist and engineer Catherine Loudon is working to create synthetic surfaces that could trap bed bugs. She was inspired by the tiny hooked hairs that grow from the leaves of some varieties of beans, such as kidney and green beans. In nature, these hairs, called trichomes, pierce through the feet of the aphids and leafhoppers that like to feed on the plants.

Researchers have found that these pointy hairs are just as effective against bed bugs, even though the bloodsucking parasites don’t feed on leaves. Loudon’s goal is to mimic a bean leaf’s mechanism to create an inexpensive, portable bed bug trap.

“You could imagine a strip that would act as a barrier that could be placed virtually anywhere: across the portal to a room, behind the headboard, on subway seats, an airplane,” Loudon said. “They have six legs, so that’s six opportunities to get trapped.”

--- Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs don’t fly or jump or come in from the garden. They crawl very quickly and hide in travelers’ luggage. They also move around on secondhand furniture, or from apartment to apartment.

--- How can I avoid bringing bed bugs home?
“It would probably be a prudent thing to do a quick bed check if you’re sleeping in a strange bed,” said Potter. His recommendation goes for hotel rooms, as well as dorms and summer camp bunk beds. He suggests pulling back the sheet at the head of the bed and checking the seams on the top and bottom of the mattress and the box spring.

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Gabriela Quiros
Hi Deep Peeps! Thank you for watching. I produced this episode. Yes, that's my arm and thumb in the video getting bitten by a bed bug. They're not known to transmit any diseases, so I was OK with them biting in. We filmed the bed bugs biting at Sierra Research Laboratories, in Modesto, California, which evaluates the impact of different treatments on bed bugs and other pests. Even though they don't transmit diseases, getting bitten by bed bugs isn't fun. I wrote an article that includes tips on how to avoid bringing them home with you and also talks about current treatments. You can read it here: https://www.kqed.org/science/1944245/watch-bed-bugs-get-stopped-in-their-tracks Cheers, Gabriela
Angel Glitch
Anybody else tucked their shirt inside there pants while watching this ???
Joe W.
I had a bad infestation many years ago. Tried everything and nothing worked until I finally had to call a professional. An exterminator came and heated the entire house up to well over 100 degrees. It killed them all and I never had them again since. But the time I did have them was pure misery. You can't sleep and just seeing them is gross. I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy.
Goatie The demon
good thing my heater is constatly on so its litterally boiling in my room 24/7
pixel man
Finaly some one say balkans
Alexander Parra
Cucumber leaves work too I have touched them and yes they do sting
Reman
I tucking hate them, they exists to reprice and only reproduce.
Mary, Mary, Voluntary
1:31 DDT oh no!
ZMPE PW
*ight ima head out*

5min later


*BURST DOOR*



me: I WILL USE THIS LEAVES TO LET STUCK MOTHER F3£64KER!
Aidan Moses
Great, imma sleep outside in the cold
Plaga Divina
I raised spiders using bedbugs. I raised spiders with my own blood
Biruk Tube
If you have iron bed don’t worry.they spread on wood bed
Anthony
What mad man is voluntarily letting a bug suck blood out of them
Mohamed Y. Sultan
Whatever where is a bed bug at. You should put them in a sealable plastic bag even if it was your mattress seal it and leave small opening get a bottle of rubbing alcohol 97% sprayed inside the bag on the material seal it and leave it for three days and see what happens it will kill them. You could mix alcohol with cleaning vinegar.
Kirsten Flake
Want to know how I got rid of mine? Double sided tape around my mattress. Slept like that for a week then they were gone. Stuck to the tape. This was 5 years ago. Haven’t had a problem since.
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how nicely informed:) thanks for this DEEP LOOK in bed bugs life.
Ping Guerrero
I can't even see them!!
wait what
thanks for giving me anxiety about sleeping now
Iris Vuori
is it in all of the country? im scared :(
DemitriVladMaximov
Baltimore needs that material bad.
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These Hairworms Eat a Cricket Alive Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their 2 days ago   04:36

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A baby hairworm hitches a ride inside a cricket, feasting on its fat until the coiled-up parasite is ready to burst out. Then it hijacks the cricket's mind and compels it to head to water for a gruesome little swim.

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If you’re out on a hike and look down at a puddle, you might spot a long, brown spaghetti-shaped creature whipping around madly in a figure 8.

It’s a hairworm – also known as a horsehair worm or Gordian worm – and researchers have described 350 species around the world. Good news: It isn’t interested in infecting or attacking humans. But if you had happened on the puddle a few hours earlier, you might have witnessed a gruesome spectacle – the hairworm wriggling out of a cricket’s body, pushing its way out like the baby monster in the movie “Alien.”

How a hairworm ends up in a puddle, or another water source such as a stream, hot tub or a pet’s water dish, is a complex story. A young hairworm finds its way into a cricket or similar insect like a beetle or grasshopper, and once it’s grown into an adult, the parasite takes over its host’s brain to hitch a ride to the water.

As a result of the infection, crickets stop growing and reproducing. Male crickets infected by hairworms even lose their chirp, said Ben Hanelt, a biologist at the University of New Mexico who studies hairworms.

--- What *is* a hair worm?
A hair worm or hairworm – pick your spelling – is a nematomorph. Nematomorpha are a group of parasites. They’re long, thin worms that can grow to be several meters long inside their host.

--- Can humans be infected by hair worms?
There are reports of humans and cats and dogs being infected by hair worms, but hair worms aren’t after us or our pets because they can’t grow inside us, said Hanelt. They can only grow inside a host like a cricket or a related insect.

“What happens is that a dog, a cat, a human will ingest an adult (hair worm) somehow,” said Hanelt. “Could a cricket crawl in your sandwich before you take a bite? I don’t know. None of the studies that are out there talk about that. What they have been reported to do is to cause in many people intestinal distress.”

--- How do hair worms control crickets’ minds?
Scientists don’t understand the precise mechanism yet, but they believe that hairworms either boost chemicals in the crickets’ brains or pump chemicals into their brains.

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