Can PEE Cure Ant Stings?!

Can PEE Cure Ant Stings?!


– I’m Coyote Peterson,
and I’m about to enter the strike
zone with the fire ant. You guys ready? Your shot good? – [Camerman] Yup. – One, two, three. Holy cow. Ow, ow! Holy cow that’s a lot
of stings already! Okay, I’m gonna have
take my hands out pretty quickly guys. – [Cameraman] You can do it man! – [Coyote] So much worse
than the harvester ants. – [Cameraman] You
got it, 30 seconds! – I can’t, I can’t, I
gotta stop, I gotta stop! (buzzer) – [Cameraman] You alright? Tell me what you’re feeling. – A lot of pain, ah! They’re still on me! (intense drumbeat) Nine, ten, 11, 12,
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, oh hey, what’s up? 26, 27, 28, 29. – [Cameraman] Too many to count? – It’s too many to count. I’m about 30 just on my
hand here, I’m guessing I probably took somewhere
in the vicinity of 100 to 150 ant stings
can you see that? – [Cameraman] Yeah your
skin is like all tight. – My skin is tight,
swollen, and it itches and burns right now. Okay, so if you are
ever out in the wild, let’s say you’re out
there for a picnic, put your picnic
blanket right down on a mound of fire
ants, worse thing that could possibly happen, and you don’t have a
first aid kit with you, there’s a little simple
remedy that you can use. It’s kind of gross, but it’s
also kind of interesting. You can actually pee
on fire ant stings, to neutralize the sting. – [Cameraman] Wait what? – Yeah, you can actually pee. The ammonia in the pee will
actually the neutralize the stings and neutralize
some of the swelling. – [Cameraman] Okay, hold
on, wait, we can’t… I mean how are we gonna
have shots of this? – Well, I’m not gonna just
pee on my hands for you guys right here, I actually
brought with me, an entire bottle of Coyote pee. – [Cameraman] No you did not. – Yes I did. – [Cameraman] That is
colored water guys. – That is not colored
water, you wanna smell it? – [Cameraman] Mario! I need you to smell this. – [Cameraman] He says
he’s got a bottle of pee and I don’t believe him. – No I’m not gonna
make Mario smell it, I’ll smell it though. Yup that’s my pee, 100%. – [Cameraman] See now I
really don’t believe you. – Just smell it, you guys
can smell it at home. – [Cameraman] Ugh! – Yeah, gross right? I know, totally gross. It is a bottle of Coyote
pee, but believe it or not, the ammonia that is in
your pee will actually help to reduce the swelling
and neutralize the venom. So what I’m gonna do right now, as gross as it seems, is I’m going to
dump my own urine all over my arms and on
my hands, to try to reduce the swelling and the burning
from these fire ant stings. You ready? – [Cameraman] Not really. – Here we go… – [Cameraman] Hold on, I’m
gonna back up a couple steps. – I’m not gonna
splash you, come on! Alright you ready? – [Cameraman] Yeah, go for it. – [Coyote] Oh yeah that’s pee. And I left this bottle of pee
sitting in the sun all day, and I know this seems
incredibly gross, right, and it is, it’s super gross, I am literally rubbing
pee into my hands, and into my arms. But this is going to help keep
down the swelling from all of the stings. – [Cameraman] Do not pull my
leg, that wasn’t just a bottle of colored water? – Nope, that is pee,
that is pee 100%. That is pee. That is pee 100%. And I left this bottle of pee
sitting in the sun all day. Look at that, my hands have
actually totally cooled down, and I think that the urine, it’s brought out the bumps
in a little more definition, but I think that the swelling
is actually going down at this point. And it’s only been
a couple of seconds. I can tell you this
much, my arms are not burning at the moment. They still itch, but I
definitely feel like the urine is doing the trick. That’s pretty cool. – [Cameraman]
That’s pretty gross. – It is, I agree, that
was completely gross. Probably one of the grossest
things you guys have ever seen me do, but
hopefully this serves as a great example of
what to do if you ever find yourself in
this worst case scenario. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave! Stay wild! We’ll see you next week. Now while the urine did
act as a temporary relief to my anguish, unfortunately
it did not completely stop the effects
of the ant venom. In total we counted
over 300 stings, and within 12 hours
of the fire ant swarm, my hands have swollen to
nearly double in size, and were covered in
unsightly white postulates. Moral of the story, do whatever you can
to avoid fire ants. If you thought this behind
the adventure was wild, make sure to go back and
watch the full episode. And don’t forget, subscribe,
to join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail.

How Do Insects Poop?

How Do Insects Poop?


The crapper. John. Dunny. Latrine. Loo. Porcelain
throne. Potty. There are more than one hundred words for toilet, but did you know that more
people have cellphones than a place to go poo? Hey there science fans! Dr. Kiki from This
Week in Science here for DNews. A study in the Public Library of Science journal
PLoS One this week investigated the sanitation habits of Lasius niger, otherwise called black
garden ants. On observing colonies of the ants in the laboratory, the researchers noticed
what looked like dark patches in the corners. To see whether the patches were indoor lavatories,
they fed the ants colored food. The result is hard to deny… the ants dedicate special
areas within their homes for defecation. But, why would ants use a toilet when the
whole world could be their bathroom? Humans and other animals tend to separate
the places where they eat and socialize from the places where they defecate. The reason
for this is thought to be mainly for sanitation. Excrement, feces, what you might call poop,
has the potential to harbor pathogenic bacteria and parasites. Human feces is known to contain
E. coli, which causes disease. Highly populated areas with poor or no sanitation often suffer
from devastating water-borne diseases because people live too close to waterways, and excrement
gets into the drinking water supply. So, good health and survival depend on the drive to
not poop where you eat. Social insects, like ants, have been observed
in many studies removing waste materials from their nests. And, like humans, it’s thought
to keep things clean, and provide for the health of the colony. Honey bees take their defecation outside,
and like to poop as they fly. Bee larvae don’t actually poop until they take their first
flight, letting the waste build up inside of them until they become adult bees and are
old enough to venture outside alone. Adult cockroaches collect poop from their
nests and dump it outside. But, there are wood-boring beetles who just fill old, unused
tunnels with their bodily refuse. In this study the ants continued to remove
other solid waste to the outside, adding strength to the conclusion that these patches were
actually toilets. However, the ants did not seem to avoid the toilet area, so the researchers
wondered whether the indoor toilets might serve some additional beneficial purpose,
like providing healthful bacteria to young ants.
Leaf-cutter ants fertilize their gardens with their poop. Termites use their fecal matter
to build their homes. And, some ants use poo to not only mark their territories, but also
identify themselves as part of the group by wiping it on walls and themselves. Then there are insects like the dung beetle
who need the poop from herbivorous and omnivorous animals to survive. They are attracted to
and collect the poop from large creatures for use as food and a place to raise their
young. Although, at least one species lays its eggs on the mother’s own poop. If you are wondering after all this talk about
poop, whether insects like ants pee, the answer is that they do a little of both every time
they defecate. What we think of as pee, is our body’s way to get rid of excess water,
salts, and urea, which is liquid nitrogen waste. Insects don’t have a lot of excess water
remaining from their metabolic functions to excrete, and tend to produce an insoluble
solid called uric acid that gets mixed into the digestive waste via the Malphigian tubules
and pooped out the anus as a substance called frass. It’s not really known whether by
not making liquid pee insects are conserving water, or if turning it into a solid helps
with weight regulation since a water containing bladder would be big and heavy to carry around. And, if you want to know about the weirdest
not pee out there, woodlice, which are not insects but crustaceans, get rid of excess
nitrogen in a puff of ammonia gas through their exoskeleton. Anything else you wanna know about insect
bathroom habits?