CDC on “Acute illnesses associated with insecticides used to control bed bugs,” and why bed bugs are more than a nuisance

September 23, 2011

A new article  appeared today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), cautioning against the dangers associated with using pesticides to treat bed bugs.  A preview of “Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs — Seven States, 2003–2010” is on the CDC website. The article describes how the Sentinel Event […]

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Bed bugs may act as “hidden environmental reservoir” for drug-resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE

May 11, 2011

Remember the concern raised last year that bed bug bites (like other breaks in the skin) may make hospital patients more susceptible to MRSA? Now, researchers have found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) — a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — in bed bugs removed from the bodies of three […]

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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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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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How bad are bed bugs in Toronto? Nobody knows for sure.

December 22, 2007

We haven’t had any real data about how many people in Toronto are suffering from bed bugs since the 2003 survey of Toronto PCOs. But this article in Friday’s Toronto Sun has some interesting statistics. On the one hand, According to Reg Ayre, the city’s Healthy Environments manager, Toronto Public Health received 194 calls for […]

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