How to Remove a Bot Fly From Under the Skin

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After a bot fly bites, maggots or larvae may exist under the skin. Remove a bot fly from under the skin with tips from a firefighter in this free video on first aid.

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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.

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