2011-09-28 / Front Page

Feds Warn Do-It-Yourself Bedbug Killers

A government study released last week is warning New Yorkers who take on the task of exterminating bedbugs that the cure can kill you.
The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that dozens of New Yorkers have fallen ill from insecticides used by do-it-yourselfers.
Federal officials are warning New Yorkers to be careful when using pesticides sold in pharmacies and other shops, and are urging people to call in professional exterminators to do the job.
The study counted 80 illnesses and one death linked to the insecticides during the last three years.
Approximately 90 percent of the cases were caused by insecticides commonly used to rid homes and offices of bedbugs, officials said.
The products are not a health risk for most people, but should be applied by a trained exterminator, the report states.
—Liz Goff


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