UPI reports that another person has set their home on fire by attempting to self-treat for bed bugs (with rubbing alcohol) while smoking.
This time it happened in Mount Carmel, Ohio, in a rented home.
Q: What do these cases all have in common, besides the bed bugs and the flammable liquid and the cigarettes?
A: They all occurred in or near the Cincinnati area.
Alcohol is a known contact killer.
However, besides being flammable, it’s not sufficient as a treatment method. After all, few of us stare directly into the eyes of the only bed bugs we have to deal with.
Many people lack the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively do their own self-treatment for bed bugs, but end up doing it anyway.
Unfortunately, for all too many people, there don’t seem to be other options.
This is not a good situation.
In not unrelated news, Ohio’s second request to the EPA for a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for Propoxur has been denied.
Mike Merchant notes on his blog that
Propoxur, as it turns out, is still pretty effective against bed bugs. In Australia, for example, PMPs regard one of the propoxur-containing products as most effective. In another study using presumably resistant bed bugs from Sri Lanka, propoxur provided the best control compared to DDT and malathion.
There is hope: Merchant notes that the EPA is considering allowing the use of propoxur in senior residences, since there would be less risk of exposure to children.