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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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Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look
Watch Bed Bugs Get Stopped in Their Tracks | Deep Look
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    BedBug Heat Doctor/PrevSol April 29, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Very interesting video and some great closeup shots of these pesky bugs.

  2. DON’T WATCH THIS WHILE EATING!!

  3. May I know what plant is it?

  4. this makes me want to buy a new mattress and new sheets and blankets

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    Xiangliu フェニックス相柳 Justis Parker May 1, 2022 at 10:26 am

    I'm an artist so I always have some chemical on me so I don't really itch when they bite me I guess I'm immune cus of lead posing

  6. What is the name of that leaf

  7. Yes the reason I am watching this is I think I have bed bugs well I do have bed bugs three times in three nights I've woken up with something crawling on me only to find this tiny little red insect that I now know is bed bugs can anyone tell me what I should do to get rid of them.

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    Danijelovski Kanal May 3, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    "the people form the balkans discoverd this years ago"
    i'm from the balkans,and my grandma indeed did this,but with tomato plants instead of bean plants.

  9. Warning!
    If you are sensitive to bugs you might want to get out of this video

    This video is only for educational purposes only.!

  10. OMG ! I had a PTSD when I saw this video… I remember passing the worse days of my life when I found them in the new apartment I moved on.
    My whole body was itching and I couldn't sleep. Consequences: my skin turned red and inflamed from scratching.
    1. Bed bugs are really tiny so you barely can see it.
    2. Not everyone is allergic to their "bites".
    3. Idk if it's true : avoid used/old mattress + dirtiness helps their reproduction
    4. Once you have them in your house, it's very difficult to get rid of

  11. The music matches the subject a lot especially the beginning

  12. This makes my skin feel itchy

  13. Can people bring “BEDBUGS” into your car?????PLEASE HELP. I’ve never seen a bedbug in person so I goggled it.

  14. Why make a non degradable synthetic one ? Don't get it!!

  15. SEND HELP

  16. Had bedbugs for 4 years, got rid of them by sleeping with no covers only the plastic the mattress came with.

  17. I hate these creatures with passion.

  18. video will tell you exterrminator don't reach their goal
    the thing is insecticide only kill a percentage of bed bugs because they get used to it so in another words you have to use two insecticides at the same time since I have hardwood floors with many cracks where they can hide I put a generous amount of Diatomaceous Earth on the floor and broom it under the baseboard and into the floor cracks until the whole floor looks Dusty. I also put a plastic membrane Vapor Barrier kind under the mattress and box spring so in other words about bugs to tried your back to reach your mattress and move around in the insecticides and the gfms Earth and get pretty sick I tried this with many of my rooms and it works great and everybody is happy by using several Methods at the same time

  19. I love bedbugs! Whoever else loves bedbugs, like

  20. Just use Japanese 🦟 glue

  21. They've already invented traps like this with glue

  22. Reply
    Matthew d'Entremont May 20, 2022 at 5:28 am

    As a pest control technician, trust me be careful people. They are everywhere

  23. I found some in my project house so I tried brake parts cleaner on 'em and it was very effective

  24. Reply
    Mimosa Vermillion May 25, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    I became friends with my bed bugs, I also named them. At the morning i take my bed bugs for a walk

  25. Reply
    Complimentary Contemplations May 25, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Nightmarish experience. Pulled bed away from wall and went after them twice a with flashlight a knife to get at them in cracks. And a piece of masking tape. To watch them suffer before crushing them. Awful. In the middle of the night you sense them, even if it’s just your imagination working.

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