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Fox News comes out on the side of letting bed bugs live

January 25, 2012

Bravo to Christopher Evans, for his editorial responding to this piece of [bed bug fecal matter] entitled “EPA Hands Out $1M in ‘Environmental Justice’ Grants,” (broadcast on Fox News on 1/6/12) where Neil Cavuto and Chris Horner rant about the use of tax dollars for “environmental justice” projects. Among Cavuto’s concerns is the EPA’s $25,000 […]

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EPA Awards $550K in Grants to Combat Bed Bugs

April 12, 2011

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported in a press release Wednesday that it is awarding five grants worth a total of $550,000 to five recipients so they may “implement new approaches in managing bed bug problems” in regions with “significant” bed bug problems, but few resources for dealing with the problem. The University of […]

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Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act (HR 967) proposed in Congress

March 25, 2011

Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) introduced the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act (HR 967) in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9th, 2011. HR 967, which as of this writing has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, would . . . amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 […]

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The EPA said what about bed bugs?!?

March 1, 2011

“A bedbug plague is sweeping the United States and shows no signs of stopping.” There’s nothing very unusual about this quote.  You’ve probably seen similar statements made in the media.  You might even agree that it fairly represents — more or less — your perception of the spread of bed bugs. The word “plague” is, […]

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Pest control firm faces DEP fines in NJ for misapplying hazardous pesticides; owner also indicted in Massachusetts

February 1, 2011

Remember TVF Pest Control, the pest control firm that allegedly used pesticides not approved for indoor use to treat bed bugs in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts? They’ve now been fined in New Jersey for using Malathion and Carbaryl (both illegal for indoor use). The DEP investigation also found the firm falsified documents so […]

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Bed bug meeting takes place between EPA, CDC, DoD and Ohio leaders

August 19, 2010

TIME has reported that state and municipal leaders from Ohio were to meet with the EPA yesterday (August 18th): Although the EPA rejected Ohio’s propoxur plea in June, the agency has scheduled an Aug. 18 meeting with state and municipal leaders to try to formulate an abatement strategy everyone can live with. Among the meeting’s […]

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EPA warns consumers with bed bugs to choose pesticides carefully and follow label instructions

August 10, 2010

The EPA issued a new Consumer Alert today about the proper and safe use of pesticides in treating bed bugs: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to alert consumers that there has been an increase of individuals or companies who offer to control bedbugs with unrealistic promises of effectiveness or low cost. This is […]

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Sen. Charles Schumer urges interagency bed bug task force

August 9, 2010

Pest Control Technology (PCT) reports that: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently drafted a letter to heads of EPA, HUD and Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the groups to form an interagency task force to investigate and resolve bed bug infestations infesting properties. The letter was dated July 20th, and you can download it […]

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CDC-EPA Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States

August 7, 2010

A new development: the Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I was happy to see the new CDC-EPA joint statement stressing that “Bed bugs cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and […]

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Ohio’s EPA emergency exemption request for Propoxur

January 13, 2010

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the EPA for a public health exemption which would allow it to use the carbamate insecticide propoxur to treat bed bugs (with a 14-day retreatment period). (We mentioned this back in November. And New York vs. Bed Bugs discusses how Section 18 exemption requests work here.) Propoxur is […]

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Ohio fighting to get Propoxur for residential bed bug applications

November 11, 2009

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an emergency exemption to allow the use of the pesticide Propoxur in residences; more than a dozen additional states are supporting this request, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The pesticide is currently in use for crops, on flea/tick collars, and in commercial applications.  […]

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EPA makes available National Bed Bug Summit recommendations

April 21, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs helpfully directs us to the materials which came out of the workgroups at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit: The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs has posted the summary workgroup results and recommendations from the National Bed Bug Summit. [Click to download] the available materials so […]

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