23 Sep '11, 4pm

Bed Bugs: Sometimes the Cure Is Worse than the Problem: Dozens of people, and likely many more, have poisoned th...

Bed Bugs: Sometimes the Cure Is Worse than the Problem: Dozens of people, and likely many more, have poisoned th...

Most illnesses associated with exposure, usually to pyrethroids, pyrethrins or both, weren't considered serious; common symptoms included dizziness, headaches, trouble breathing and nausea. But there was one reported death, of a 65-year-old woman whose pre-existing health conditions and heavy medication use may have made her more susceptible to the toxic effects of the pesticides, which she and her husband used in high volumes and without following label directions, even though the substances weren't labeled for use against bed bugs. "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," according to the report.

Full article: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/pesticide...

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