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Kerry Sanders tests out anti-mosquito app; Matt Lauer’s reaction is perfect

July 31, 2014 at 9:59 AM ET

Someone get an industrial-size tub of anti-itch cream to Kerry Sanders as soon as humanly possible. 

The intrepid NBC News reporter bled for his story on Thursday when he horrified the TODAY anchors by jamming his right arm into a box of 5,000 hungry mosquitoes in the name of scientific testing. Online reviews of its effectiveness have been mixed, so Sanders wanted to see if a cell phone app that claims to repel the pesky insects works. 

Kerry Sanders' arm is not doing so well after an app fail in the midst of 5,000 mosquitoes.
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Kerry Sanders' arm is not doing so well after an app fail in the midst of 5,000 mosquitoes.

"Take your hand out Kerry, please!" Al Roker pleaded. 

Matt Lauer's reaction summed up exactly how we felt while watching it.

Matt Lauer's reaction to Kerry Sanders putting his hand in a box of mosquitoes.
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Sanders learned the hard way about the effectiveness of the app from Pico Brothers, which emits a high frequency sound that the developers claim mosquitoes find distasteful. 

"That was an experiment gone wrong,'' Lauer said. 

Kerry Sanders gets bitten by lots of mosquitoes
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Kerry Sanders is brutalized by mosquitoes. We wish him well.

"You guys make me give blood on these stories, literally,'' Sanders said. "I'm just going to say I don't think it works." 

Video: NBC’s Kerry Sanders bravely provides a firsthand demonstration of a new app that claims it can repel mosquitoes with sound.

TODAY viewers felt his pain while probably unconsciously itching themselves at home. 


After seeing the painful app fail, Lauer had Sanders' next assignment all lined up. "Hey Kerry, next week we have a shark repellent that we want you to try,'' he said. 

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