Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look

  • Published: 09 July 2019
  • 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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Comments • 2 591

  • Gabriela Quiros
    Gabriela Quiros  4 months back

    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: Cheers, Gabriela

  • Legendary Dragon
    Legendary Dragon  57 minutes back

    No one:
    Deep Look:
    *plays exciting and upbeat music of demonic bugs that eats away at our blood at night*

    • *Neji & Deji*
      *Neji & Deji*  2 hours back

      Ah. So that’s why my mom keeps so many plants in our house.

      • Davon Knight
        Davon Knight  3 hours back

        I hate them bed bugs

        • Sheila c:
          Sheila c:  4 hours back

          jokes on u i have no bed

          • Mary Larsen
            Mary Larsen  4 hours back

            Me and the boys at 2 a.m. looking for bean leaves.

            • Ninja Doggo
              Ninja Doggo  5 hours back

              Who else is watching this in bed

              • [ ŁavXŁiłac ]
                [ ŁavXŁiłac ]  18 hours back

                wait- i’m sitting on them

                • Lilaa _
                  Lilaa _  18 hours back

                  I get the heeby jeebies when I see these nasty bugs 😰😰😰

                  • Dr K.
                    Dr K.  21 hours back

                    We just can't use DDT anymore, in the 50s crop dusters dumped DDT into the air... I'm okay with doing that again

                    • Dr K.
                      Dr K.  22 hours back

                      Why do i watch these... Wondering if amazon prime can deliver 500 tons of bean leaves

                      • *SketchiiMoon*
                        *SketchiiMoon*  1 days back

                        Me after watching this:

                        *Whips out flamethrower*

                        • DetriCraft
                          DetriCraft  1 days back

                          When im watching this in bes i saw a bed bug sitting beside me

                          • EpicDragonSlayer 101
                            EpicDragonSlayer 101  2 days back

                            Imagine if they uploaded this when you just go to bed...

                            • Lief Theorine
                              Lief Theorine  2 days back

                              As a person whoms't have dealt with these pests in the past, I shall now scatter those good bean leaves around my room and bedfeet. They are awful. I hate them and wish extinction on any living being which needs them..

                              To be clear, mosquitoes? They kill us and are awful, but could maybe tamed and are vital to so many species. We will handle them. Bedbugs ain't worth the effort! They should be extinctified along with any organisms what depend on them, IF ANY. We can build replacements

                              • Jake and Jackie
                                Jake and Jackie  2 days back

                                I watched this before bed. I am scarred for life

                                • Hikaru Kun
                                  Hikaru Kun  3 days back

                                  Anti vegans when they see a leaf

                                  • SugarPillows
                                    SugarPillows  3 days back

                                    I feel things crawling up my arms and legs

                                    • AJCasique
                                      AJCasique  23 hours back

                                      Burn your house down

                                  • princesskitty 20879
                                    princesskitty 20879  3 days back

                                    I used to have bed bugs and i hated it so much

                                    • Lauren Thompson
                                      Lauren Thompson  3 days back

                                      If it's not too scratchy they should make sherts blankets and pillows eith that synthetic bean leaf material!

                                      • Hashirama Senju
                                        Hashirama Senju  3 days back

                                        I’m itching

                                        • Bts Jungkook
                                          Bts Jungkook  3 days back

                                          Im uncomfortable already

                                          • amisu
                                            amisu  3 days back

                                            its scarier than any horror movie i've watched

                                            • Taeyong’s Febreeze
                                              Taeyong’s Febreeze  3 days back

                                              *sleeps on bean leaves*

                                              • Taeyong’s Febreeze
                                                Taeyong’s Febreeze  3 days back

                                                The fact I’m on my bed while watching this

                                                I started feeling itchy

                                                • Glory Nanali
                                                  Glory Nanali  3 days back

                                                  If you didnt notice there was a bed bug in your bed and u now notice there was a bed bug cuz of the possed blood 😫😫😫

                                                  • Sugar Momma
                                                    Sugar Momma  3 days back

                                                    Welp say good by to bed bugs in a 50 years

                                                    • Mancheeze The Great
                                                      Mancheeze The Great  4 days back

                                                      The best way to get rid of them is hot boiling water, all around the corners of your mattress. You'll kill the adults and the eggs.

                                                      • Saif
                                                        Saif  4 days back

                                                        i'm in my bed right now and just want to announce I've seen one on my roof once not knowing what it is and now after I post this comment I'm going to freak out and check all around my bed

                                                        • Hina2009 _
                                                          Hina2009 _  4 days back

                                                          I think I have bed bugs in my bed and idk what to do 😬

                                                          • CHAMROUN
                                                            CHAMROUN  4 days back

                                                            That look like dog bug

                                                            • Suck On My Cancerous Balls

                                                              You may want to consider selling your car out for a while then then go to the auto show with your car car and then you get your kids to get money and get your kids car out of sell your kids and then go get ice creams or get a little car out of your money and then get back to work and then get to the work then get to work and then get back to work and then get back to work and then get back to work and then get back to

                                                              • L SAINT-LOU
                                                                L SAINT-LOU  5 days back

                                                                Sleep tight don't let the bed bugs bite: I thought that was just something people said to their kids before they went to sleep I didn't know they were actually real until my place got infested with them twice and I had to throw out all my furniture both times and start over because just spraying your home up is not enough they can hide anywhere and everywhere

                                                                • Crazy Nil
                                                                  Crazy Nil  6 days back

                                                                  IM BURNING THE BED NOW, CYA BED

                                                                  • Prakash Abhi
                                                                    Prakash Abhi  7 days back

                                                                    Then why can't we design ours beds surface as leaf

                                                                    • 1k subs Wit no vids
                                                                      1k subs Wit no vids  7 days back

                                                                      Aight time to get the flamethrower...

                                                                      • Skirmisher
                                                                        Skirmisher  7 days back

                                                                        An adult bedbug can live 10 months without feeding so check them leaves.

                                                                        • Skirmisher
                                                                          Skirmisher  7 days back

                                                                          BS, laws in the 70s prevent DDT from being used and that's why the US has a bedbug epidemic.

                                                                          • 0ctopusComp1etely
                                                                            0ctopusComp1etely  7 days back

                                                                            You know, my room kind of needed a plant to spruce it up. Guess a Bean Leaf will do.
                                                                            You know, just cause they look nice. No other reason.

                                                                            • Avocado Shampoo
                                                                              Avocado Shampoo  1 weeks back

                                                                              Bed bugs: lalalala

                                                                              Leaf trap: Oh no no no mister, you stay right here.

                                                                              • Michele Rodriguez
                                                                                Michele Rodriguez  1 weeks back


                                                                                • Dhammike Abythilaka
                                                                                  Dhammike Abythilaka  1 weeks back

                                                                                  My parents had bed bugs when they were young...😱

                                                                                  • Rex Chan
                                                                                    Rex Chan  1 weeks back


                                                                                    • Hermione Granger
                                                                                      Hermione Granger  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Are you telling me, moles are the blood they sucked on?

                                                                                      • Arzu lilâ
                                                                                        Arzu lilâ  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Sizden ricam videolarınızı Türkçe altyazılı yaparmısınız 👍👍👍👏👏👏🇹🇷🤗🇹🇷♥️

                                                                                        • CeCe Bunny
                                                                                          CeCe Bunny  1 weeks back

                                                                                          So we need leaves to keep them away?

                                                                                          • Taehyung Flossing is lifeu

                                                                                            Anyone else started cleaning their bed

                                                                                            • AndrogyneMichinaga
                                                                                              AndrogyneMichinaga  1 weeks back

                                                                                              If they are attracted to carbon dioxide in our breath, then traps could be developed that lured them into a trap.