I’m Thomas Ballantyne with Bulwark
Exterminating. This is A.J. Richards with K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors. Yes. And it s K-9BedBugInspectors.com.
We have in front of us live bed bugs. Yep. He’s alive. 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 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. 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. Yep. 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 Yeah.
or what not. Yeah, always, always. So, I mean, I’ve got to be very careful, not only myself,
but my dogs Right. 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. *Laughs.* You don t want to do a video on how fast a
home gets infested. Right. 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 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 Rub it in there a little bit.
I need to rub it in there, but I can can I use my other hand? Yeah, just don’t use
your forearm. 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 Thank goodness that’s fragrance free.
Yeah. Yeah. *Laughs* I know. 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. Yeah, he’s not
biting. Oh, oh! Oh, just kidding. *Laughs* Nothing. Actually, when he bites, you can’t
even feel it, right? Because they inject their 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. Oooh, it kind of tickles actually. Yeah. But, uh, yeah, it looks like
he s trying to avoid, avoid your arm. Shall we see what happens on the other one? 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?
I, I would say, my best, you know, speculation would be that they’re just avoiding it.
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. There you go.
Ah! Seriously. Oh! Straight to eating. Straight to eating. Uh! Okay, you can take him off
now. Ah! You can’t even feel him. You got I know! I know! Man, I just don’t like him
sitting there. Thomas, you’ve got to let him
fill up. No, look at that dude, this is gross! You
Can’t, just think, it’s like a mosquito, No!
Yeah. You’ve got to let it I don’t like mosquitoes.
I’ll squash it right now. Can I slap it real
quick? No, I need him. Are you done? Okay. Yeah, I m done. Dude, I was done five seconds
ago. Ah, come on! Thanks. Alright well I’ll go ahead and feed him because I need him.
I’ll let you guys see, watch and see, the change in size, but you noticed he wouldn’t
even leave the paper soon as he reached it, see, I had to kind of drag him off the paper,
because he already started to feed. That actually happens in real life, they don’t necessairly
crawl on you, as much as they will just reach up from the bed, so you will see people if
they lay on their side, you’ll see dots all down their side, like he is doing that right
there, they’re going to just reach up, feed and walk away, so they are in a line. So.
It’s not like bad manners to not actually sit on the arm. No it’s not bad manners. Okay.
SO anyway, he just trying to polite. I can actually feel, no elbows on the table, 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.