Bed Bug Insecticide Linked to Illness and Death

A new study has linked pesticides used to kill bed bugs to illness and even one death. On September 23, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report linking pesticides sprayed in attempts to control bed bugs to poisoning incidents and death.

The study reports:

· A total of 111 illnesses associated with bed bug–related insecticide use were identified.

· 90 (81%) were low severity, one fatality occurred.

· Pyrethroids, pyrethrins, or both were implicated in 99 (89%) of the cases, including the fatality.

· The most common factors contributing to illness were excessive insecticide application, failure to wash or change pesticide-treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide application. Continue reading “Bed Bug Insecticide Linked to Illness and Death”

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