Study: Many sickened, one death, from misuse of bedbug pesticides

Source: Paul Eng, Consumer Reports

The sight of bedbugs is enough to cause minor panic attacks among some people. But a new study shows that some are also getting physically ill from exterminating the tiny blood-sucking pests. In a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers noted that at least 111 people in seven states have been sickened from improper use of pesticides over the last seven years. Most of the incidents—64—occurred in New York, one of the many states reporting a rise in bedbug infestations. But in one case, a woman in North Carolina actually died from after applying an improper pesticide to her home and body.

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