First Aid Treatments : How to Remove a Bot Fly From Under the Skin

You know, one of the common insects that’s
really uncommon to the United States, but could cause a great deal of discomfort for
us is a bite from the common bot fly. I’m Captain Joe Bruni, and what I’m going to talk
about is how to treat and remove the larvae or maggots that have been basically under
the skin from the bite of the common bot fly. The maggot or larvae of the common bot fly
must come through the skin for air. One of the ways to remove this maggot or larvae is
to apply super glue to the area, or even common duct tape. When they come up for air, they
will stick to the glue or the sticky surface of the back of the duct tape. Quickly remove
it, and the maggot or larvae will be removed. Some other methods include taking a cotton
ball, and soaking in something like camphor oil, and taping it down over top of the site
or the bite area. As the bot flies larvae comes up for air they will be near the cotton
ball and you can remove it, grab the maggot or bot fly larvae, and pull it from the skin
in one swift motion. The larvae or bot fly maggot is something that could cause a great
deal of discomfort, itching, and pain. Even taking a bath in warm Epsom salts for about
forty five minutes will help to drown the maggot or larvae when they come up for air.
Knowing how the bot fly larvae work and get their air is key to removing them. I’m Captain
Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we’ll see ya’ next time.


  1. it sais there, the maggots needs air, so it will come up and stick onto the glue. you shoul right away remove the glue. thats a nice idea though.

  2. Um.
    Who's gonna put super glue on them selves anyway? 😮

    I'm not sure. I just know I wouldn't. I also heard that putting duct tape is a bad idea because it could rip the botfly in half.

  3. Are you that weirdo that's going around on YouTube threatening to stuff lutefisk up people's butts? You are one sick fuck.

  4. And super good it great for them anoying cuts that are open a little and hurts when it rubs stuff mainly on the finger.Super glue closes any cut fast I mean it does say bonds skin instantly

  5. primary effects malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, Japanese B Encephalitis, Filariasis, Lyme Disease, Leishmaniasis, Sleeping Sickness, Chagas Disease, Typhus Fever, Plague.
    Not to mention ddt is not supposed to be ingested by humans. Don't go into areas for 24 hours where they spray. And don't let your neighbor breed mosquitoes in your low income area. Fucking liberals just don't get it and want to go back to the stone age

  6. wow…this guy is a joke. bad advice all around. first of all you can't just pull one out "when it comes up for air". the most common method of getting rid of them isto apply duct tape to the area ..but not to yank them out, but to suffocate them. by placing the duct tape over the area you cut their air supply which kills them..only then you can try removing it with some tweezers…carefully.

  7. bot flys don't lay the eggs under your skin when they bite you. hell i don't even think bot flys bite us. bot flys attach their eggs to mosquitoes with some kind of weird bio-glue, when the mosquito lands on a warm blooded creature, the "glue" melts and the eggs stick to the new host. once those eggs hatch, the larvae burrow their way into the flesh and yadda yadda yadda…

  8. This video is incredibly irresponsible. As a firefighter/EMT, I can tell you that in no way are we trained to deal with exotic parasites. If you happen to have a bot fly larva living in you, seek professional medical help.

  9. Well, I wouldn't be doing any cutting like MusicKraze92 says. Duct tape will work, super clue will work, cotton ball with oil or paraphine will work, everything will work that will keep the larvae getting oxygen. Then just pull them out with tweezers or something.

  10. he's wrong.. using glue/duct tape?? lol.. =.= it stick onto the skin and whats more the chemical in the glue might enter our skin.. even thought the maggot die,the chemical in in the body forever

  11. actually the info in the video is slightly wrong. Using a ducktape you suffocate the botfly, to release its grip and so that you'll be able to pull/squeeze it out

  12. I would thumbs-up your comment 100 times if youtube let me. This guy is no sort of botfly removal expert. "one swift motion" my fucking god… if you rupture the fly, that's bad news. Go slow, go careful. Get the whole thing out, not just the posterior!

  13. A botfly comes out the same way it went in. Why would it give up it's natural food source (live dermis) for a substitute (raw dead meat) placed over it's anus? They back out when they're ready. They don't come out head first. Why on earth would you recommend someone put RAW MEAT on an OPEN WOUND? Search for 10 seconds, and you'll find the correct procedures for botfly removal. The guy in this video knows nothing of botfly hence why I call these guys Village Idiot instead of Expert Village.

  14. he just described all of the ways you're not supposed to remove a botfly….anyone who listens to this is gonna get an infection from a partial removal…….demote that man to liutenant

  15. Apparently,this guy has never had any experience about how to properly remove bot fly larvae. Go to Belize or Costa Rica and get get bitten by one Capt. and I bet you ain't going to do nothing of the shit you are talking in this video.

  16. @xanos4225 Well they are very rare, but have been spotted in the extreme southern states…but they are mainly found in central america

  17. i guess firemen have come along way from telling you to stop drop and roll and to change your smoke detector batteries. maybe he will do one on removing breast implants

  18. Ummmm, no. You do NOT want to attempt to pull out a botfly "in one swift motion" as if you BREAK the larva and pieces get left behind, you're likely to get a serious infection. Cover the hole with a LOT of petroleum jelly and tape for about 24 hours, and then GENTLY pull out the exposed larva with tweezers.

  19. Besides what else has been mentioned, bot flys do not bite, they ,ay their eggs on a mosquito that transfers its eggs to your skin when the mosquito bites you.

  20. @necrolet I've heard that's the safest and most effective, if not the most pleasant, way to get a bot-fly maggot out of you. I think they have forward-curved spines though, don't they? I can imagine pulling one out must hurt like hell either way, especially if it's a big one.

  21. @TTarOtaku Yeah, probably. But the point of covering the whole is to make an airtight seal, so the maggot dies. That way, the spines won't grip and resist when you're pulling it out.

  22. @necrolet I always though it was just to make them come out of the hole enough to be grabbed with tweezers, not to smother them XD.

    Would it sound really gross and crazy if I said I would leave a bot-fly as long as it wasn't uncomfortable or a risk for infection? Yeah I'm strange I know lol.

  23. @TTarOtaku I know a few people who would probably do that, too. Thing it, depending on where it is, it IS incredibly likely to get infected, and is usually noticable. But if you leave it alone, it'll leave on its own when it's pretty much fully grown.

  24. BITE from a botfly?? They don't usually BITE you. They lay their eggs on mosquitos, and then when the mosquito lands on you to sting you the eggs/larvae fall off and burrow into your skin. Plus, I've never seen a botfly SWIFTLY removed. It usually involves quite a bit of gentle tugging and pulling. I wouldn't try most of this guys advice.

  25. They don't "bite", they lay their eggs on mosquitos and when the mosquito bites a human the body heat melts the attachment wax and the maggot egg falls on the skin, and then burrows in. And you can't just pull them out, you need vaseline to asphyxiate them and tweezers to pull them out by their tail-gill when they try to extend it to get air. This guy is a complete idiot.

  26. Not very accurate on some details specially the Swift motion it should actually be a steady continuous motion with tweezers.

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