Colorado Entomologist Matt Camper Sports a Bed Bug Tattoo
Bed bugs inject saliva under the skin. The saliva contains anti-coagulants, and anesthetics that facilitate bed bug feeding. Human immune cells recognize and remove these substances. The process involves the aggregation of many immune cells at the site of the bite. This causes
redness and swelling of the skin.
By pressing a jar of hungry bedbugs against skin covered with a mask, the bed bugs will feed on the uncovered area and leave behind a temporary tattoo.
Awesome, but not likely to replace Henna Art.
Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010).
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