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 • 1 540

  • Gabriela Quiros
    Gabriela Quiros  2 weeks 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

    • Midnight Amplifier
      Midnight Amplifier  2 hours back

      Oh, I'd still be careful, though. I was sick with something for around a week because of bed bugs. Luckily, I didn't spread it around school, but I'd still be cautious of them.😅

    • Fredonthecuttz Ent.
      Fredonthecuttz Ent.  5 hours back

      Why is there bed bugs everywhere right now in California? I live in a apt complex and I've been seeing a lot of beds and furniture being thrown out? Is it a big problem right now?

    • Red Rose cat__fire
      Red Rose cat__fire  2 days back

      @Gabriela Quiros you talk a lot 👌

    • Josh Beekman
      Josh Beekman  6 days back

      @tom foolery the big M is looking for $$$ just like big pharma

    • UNLebanon
      UNLebanon  6 days back

      I want to see DeepLook do a video on amphiumas. We have them in southeast Missouri, and they are awesome!

  • Swagger
    Swagger  30 minutes back

    How am I meant to sleep now...

    • Pickle Rick
      Pickle Rick  2 hours back

      I'm a nymph

      • Midnight Amplifier
        Midnight Amplifier  2 hours back

        If you haven't already, can you cover Fleas, too? Having a SUPER problem with them cause outdoor cats keep making our home THEIR home😣

        • Mr. T
          Mr. T  3 hours back

          I had a bad experience with these mfs.

          • Ben valdez
            Ben valdez  4 hours back

            Yes it hurts

            • Fatima Iskandarli
              Fatima Iskandarli  4 hours back

              *I guess...I'm not gonna sleep tonight* 🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮

              • SexyDaddy ASHIAA
                SexyDaddy ASHIAA  5 hours back


                • Sandesh Ghate
                  Sandesh Ghate  6 hours back

                  0:59 bed bug style 🤘

                  • Exoress Delivers
                    Exoress Delivers  7 hours back

                    What about using double sided duct tape. Wouldn't that be just as effective? Or maybe those rodent glue traps. Cutting them in strips. You can line the floor around the bed or even the mattress itself to stop them.

                    • Sophie Wu
                      Sophie Wu  7 hours back

                      Literally nobody before I go to bed:

                      YouTube algorithm at 1am: Hey wanna see some bed bugs get trapped?

                      • countessarcadius Ty
                        countessarcadius Ty  7 hours back

                        Its HOTELS ... AND HOSTELS...THAT ARE CAUSING THE SPREAD OF THESE THINGS.. people are travelling and bringing them home..
                        So many hotels find out AND DONT NOTIFY CUSTOMERS .... this is an EPIDEMIC OUT THERE RIGHT NOW ... ITS not funny... DOGS ARE THE ONLY TRUE WAY OF MAKING SURE THEY ARE GONE ..... DOGS.... KNOW IT

                        • Simon Jones
                          Simon Jones  8 hours back

                          I spray my bed and mats with detol then hoover it , also use blue light on them

                          • Stranger In the wilds
                            Stranger In the wilds  9 hours back

                            May bed bugs kill a dog for John wick so we get rid of them once and for all.

                            • はると
                              はると  9 hours back

                              i am disturbed

                              • P G
                                P G  10 hours back

                                500ml filtered water, 500ml 91% alcohol, 2 Tbsp Borax/Laundry Detergent, spray bottle. Lavender oil added to the mix helps deter them from coming back. Spray in all the nooks and crannies of your bed, couches, etc. Kills ants, roaches, wasps, spiders etc. by shredding their exoskeleton causing them to suffocate. Works in 3 seconds. Thank me later. You can also spread diatomaceous earth for crawly things on the ground and works great in your garden. It's non toxic too.

                                • Raygyl
                                  Raygyl  10 hours back

                                  I was disgusted at first but now im scared too thanks, now i dont know if the blood stains that i found on my bed are from a girl or a bed bug.

                                  • tahirou ousmane
                                    tahirou ousmane  10 hours back

                                    There is one way only one solution to get rid of them ! We have one bottle , it's like insecticide , we call it piapia ! It's amazing ! One need to spread it in the room and voilà ! You will never see them again ! You will sleep well ! I promise !

                                    • panda-burgers
                                      panda-burgers  10 hours back

                                      0:22 'lured in by our breath'

                                      *PROCEEDS TO STOP BREATHING*

                                      • INEEDUTOWAKEUP
                                        INEEDUTOWAKEUP  10 hours back

                                        Bad memories man... those little bug bast****😒

                                        • Ma tT ツ RBLX
                                          Ma tT ツ RBLX  11 hours back

                                          is that *surot* from tagalog?

                                          • Mino Jaeron
                                            Mino Jaeron  11 hours back

                                            bed bug sap on our blood..can we eat them too

                                            • 바투 간드류
                                              바투 간드류  12 hours back

                                              Now i'm gonna be paranoid because of this video good job, Youtube and my curious mind good job

                                              • peanut butter
                                                peanut butter  12 hours back

                                                Satan: common God lemmi create something pleeaaaase!

                                                God: fine but it has to be small

                                                Satan: BET!

                                                Earth patch notes: Bed bugs have now been created

                                                • purple sunset
                                                  purple sunset  12 hours back

                                                  I don't think I can sleep now.....ok nvm I saw this now 2:12

                                                  • Fire Jack
                                                    Fire Jack  12 hours back

                                                    The development of the hook fabric is coming soon
                                                    Bed bug: Wait thats illegal!

                                                    • Estrella Pena
                                                      Estrella Pena  12 hours back

                                                      The best way to kill bed bugs and larvae for good and in an instant and doesn't takes not even a min for them to die. Exterminators dnt want ppl to know because they will lose business. Go buy a bottle of 91 percent rubbing alcohol and spay your edges of your mattress or wherever you see them and pray cracks and crevices floor baords and they will instantly die eggs and all. And all you spend is few dollars on a bottle or depending how much you need but still way less then an extermination job and it gets the job done first time around.

                                                      • me lord
                                                        me lord  13 hours back

                                                        Sometimes we just need to burn the whole house down.

                                                        • P- Star7
                                                          P- Star7  13 hours back

                                                          Where can I get those plants?

                                                          • Aaron Branch
                                                            Aaron Branch  13 hours back

                                                            Bro i frickn killed 3 bed bugs while watching

                                                            • Pop!ッ
                                                              Pop!ッ  13 hours back

                                                              Yuck who else is watching this is bed 😟

                                                              • LOUDMOUTHBUGGER
                                                                LOUDMOUTHBUGGER  14 hours back

                                                                Necrophiliac: Suck me when i am cold.
                                                                Bed bugs: NP

                                                                • Erwin Dannie
                                                                  Erwin Dannie  14 hours back

                                                                  Bed bugs:I am inevitable

                                                                  • Juan Rodriguez
                                                                    Juan Rodriguez  14 hours back

                                                                    Mannnn this happened to me but a powerfull hair dryer killed them and theire eggs off

                                                                    • Martina Martins
                                                                      Martina Martins  14 hours back

                                                                      I'm getting itchy.. Watching this

                                                                      • Captain Plinkster
                                                                        Captain Plinkster  15 hours back

                                                                        Yay I'm 2012 alumni Uci!

                                                                        • jay hughes
                                                                          jay hughes  15 hours back

                                                                          I'm sleeping on the floor from now on

                                                                          • Le Val
                                                                            Le Val  15 hours back

                                                                            Moth balls kill them.

                                                                            • Ink Demon
                                                                              Ink Demon  15 hours back

                                                                              This is why I put bedrock and obsidian around my bed at night.

                                                                              • Kat Ortiz
                                                                                Kat Ortiz  15 hours back

                                                                                i’m so itchy now 😓

                                                                                • Random Person
                                                                                  Random Person  16 hours back

                                                                                  Just spray them with rubbing alcohol

                                                                                  • Mystery of the Universe
                                                                                    Mystery of the Universe  16 hours back

                                                                                    Burn down your house now

                                                                                    • Skyleen Rivera
                                                                                      Skyleen Rivera  16 hours back

                                                                                      So do they do any harm to us? Because I just want to know

                                                                                      • Viper Deuce
                                                                                        Viper Deuce  17 hours back

                                                                                        Oh we know what trichomes are😀

                                                                                        • Duolingo Owl
                                                                                          Duolingo Owl  17 hours back

                                                                                          humans if you see a bug in you're bed burn it

                                                                                          • Justin Crosswhite
                                                                                            Justin Crosswhite  17 hours back

                                                                                            Come on YouTube, I was about to go to sleep.

                                                                                            • Adrian Nalundasan
                                                                                              Adrian Nalundasan  17 hours back

                                                                                              It’s been a month since I moved to the other couch for sleep. The one I moved from was infested so bad and now they’re spreading all over the place. I’ve tried everything from the store shelves but doesn’t work like that, now my only hope is to burn down the house or to talk to the cockroaches to fight them because I cannot do it alone, I’m outnumbered.

                                                                                              • Danielle Sasu
                                                                                                Danielle Sasu  17 hours back

                                                                                                The Government brought bed bugs back out they were long gone many yrs ago to the point I thought they were a myth now their everywhere huh.Coincidentally