THE FEAR FACTOR FILE
STUNT: BUG ROPES
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM, CA
DESCRIPTION: Contestants must transfer mouthfuls of worms, maggots and beetles off a series of four bug-covered ropes. The contestant that transfers the least amount of bugs in a set amount of time will be eliminated.
BEHIND THE SCENES PRODUCTION PHOTOS
- The Los Angeles Arboretum is home to over 127 acres of botanical gardens and was used as one of the primary locations for Fantasy Island.
- A special concoction of rotten fish and blended worms was developed to flavor the edible adhesive used to secure the live bugs to the ropes.
- The temperature inside the green house location was over 120 degrees.
Producer Scott Larsen tastes the stunt.
Some of the large beetles used in the stunt wait to be placed on the ropes.
A large air-conditioning tube was run into the greenhouse in an attempt to keep the inside temperature down.