Bed Bug Professionals Test If Insect Repellent Prevents Bed Bug Bites prt1
Bed Bug Professionals:
Thomas: I’m Thomas Ballantyne with Bulwark Exterminating. This is A.J. Richards with K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors.
A.J. Richards: Yes.
Thomas: And it’s K-9BedBugInspectors.com. We have in front of us live bed bugs.
A.J.: Yep. He’s alive.
Thomas: So bed bugs do exist in Arizona. We had a home we treated, or inspected yesterday. A.J. actually does inspections for bed bugs with his dogs. His dogs have been trained to sniff out bed bugs, their scent, a very effective way of determining whether you actually have bed bugs or not. So, this little guy here is ready to feed and so he’s moving around pretty quick. A.J. actually has an allergic reaction to bed bugs. He‘s let them feed on him before. Do you have a, where’s your arm? Is it still…
A.J.: Yeah, you can still see the scarring. This is all scarring right here, the brown, that’s about two months old, these patches. Over here on this side, that’s the latest feeding, actually by this guy about two, three weeks ago. So, he’s hungry. So that’s what’s left.
Thomas: He hasn’t been fed for two or three weeks, and you’ve got to keep him alive so you can continue to train your dogs.
Thomas: Yep. That’s what all these little vials are for. So, at any rate, I know when you go into these houses, you’ve got to be a little freaked out, you know, thinking you might be able to pick some of these up with your shoes…
Thomas: …or what not.
A.J.: Yeah, always, always. So, I mean, I’ve got to be very careful, not only myself, but my dogs…
A.J.: …because they hide in their fur, that kind of thing. So, we’ve got to be real cautious that we don’t take them home. I’m, I’m, I can tell you that my wife wouldn’t be satisfied with living conditions if I brought these guys to the house.
Thomas: *Laughs.* You don’t want to do a video on how fast a home gets infested.
Thomas: So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to recommend to A.J. that he protect himself. And I believe this will do it. This is bug repellent. Nothing fancy, but…
A.J.: Over the counter, typical stuff.
Thomas: …over the counter, typical stuff. This one doesn’t have any DEET in it. This is a fragrance-free, Picaridin is the active ingredient. So, what we’re going to do, since this guy’s ready to feed, typically if you put him on your arm, he’d immediately begin to feed, I’m going to spray my arm down with this, let it dry, and then we’re going to put it on my arm and see if he actually will try to feed. Do we need to, uh…
A.J.: Rub it in there a little bit.
Thomas: I need to rub it in there, but I can’t…can I use my other hand?
A.J.: Yeah, just don’t use your forearm.
Thomas: Okay. We’re trying to keep it separate so that, I am actually going to let it feed on me. I know, kind of gross. But, we’re going to use my other arm to see if it will feed on me as soon as I put it on my other arm. So…
A.J.: Thank goodness that’s fragrance free.
Thomas: *Laughs* I know.
A.J.: Good? So I find that they like that real meaty part of the forearm, so we’re going to put him right there, and he should go right to it. So, if he keeps moving, the he’s probably trying to avoid the spray, I would say, because anytime I’ve done it, instantly. And we’ll see on your other arm if that holds true.
Thomas: Yeah, he’s not biting. Oh, oh! Oh, just kidding.
Thomas: Nothing. Actually, when he bites, you can’t even feel it, right? Because they inject their…
A.J.: Right, the saliva on the tip of their little sucker has a little anticoagulant, so the blood flows freely and an anesthetic so you don’t feel it.
Thomas: Oooh, it kind of tickles actually.
A.J.: Yeah. But, uh, yeah, it looks like he’s trying to avoid, avoid your arm. Shall we see what happens on the other one?
Thomas: Yeah. I, I’m pretty happy with not being bitten right now, so…so do you speculate that the um, uh, the bug repellent is damaging to the bug, or is it just literally a repellent?
A.J.: I, I would say, my best, you know, speculation would be that they’re just avoiding it.
Thomas: Okay. I really don’t want to do this right now. I really don’t want a little vampire stuck in my arm. Look at that, dude.
A.J.: There you go.
Thomas: Ah! Seriously. Oh!
A.J.: Straight to eating. Straight to eating.
Thomas: Uh! Okay, you can take him off now. Ah!
A.J.: You can’t even feel him. You got…
Thomas: I know! I know! Man, I just don’t like him sitting there.
A.J.: Thomas, you’ve got to let him fill up.
Thomas: No, look at that dude, this is gross!
A.J.: You can’t, just think, it’s like a mosquito,
A.J.: Yeah. You’ve got to let it…
Thomas: I don’t like mosquitoes. I’ll squash it right now. Can I slap it real quick?
A.J.: No, I need him. Are you done?
Thomas: Okay. Yeah, I’m done. Dude, I was done five seconds ago. Ah, come on! Thanks.
A.J.: Alright, well, I’ll go ahead and feed him because I need him. And then I’ll let you guys see, we’ll watch and see the change in the size. But, you noticed, he wouldn’t even leave the paper as soon as he reached it, see? I had to kind of drag him off. See? There you go. Drag him off the paper because…
Thomas: He’d already started feeding.
A.J.: He was starting to feed, and um, that actually happens in real life. They don’t necessarily crawl on you as much as they will just reach up from the bed. So you’ll see people if they lay on their side, you’ll see dots all down their side because, there, like he’s doing right there, they’re just going to reach up and feed and then walk away so they’re in a line. So, um…
Thomas: So it’s not like bad manners not to actually sit on the arm, huh?
A.J.: Yeah, it’s not bad manners. So, anyway…
Thomas: He’s just trying to be polite.
A.J.: You know, I can actually feel…
Thomas: No elbows on the table.
A.J.: Yeah, I can actually feel him right now and the camera wouldn’t pick it up, but you can see his little straw-like sucker sticking into my arm.
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